I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
NATH Summer Raffle
Get your tickets at the following locations all summer long:

Brat Sales - Minocqua, Antigo
Oneida County Fair - August 1-4
Ridikulous Day - Rhinelander - August 7
Krazy Days - Minocqua - August 13
Paul Bunyan Days - Eagle River - August 14
Farmer's Market - August 17
DRI Block Party and Chalk Fest - Rhinelander - September 7
Beef-A-Rama - Minocqua - September 28
Cranberry Fest - Eagle River - October 5-6
NATH Board Members
Frederick Place
Director Corner
by Tammy Modic
We were "flocked"
Rhinelander High School's France 2020 Trip is sponsoring a summer Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser. With a donation of $25, donors can request that a flock of 20 flamingos roost in the yard of a business or individual of choice. The bright, pink-colored flocks usually reside in a yard for 3-4 days before a group of highly skilled Flocking Technicians removes them in the evening when the birds are least likely to attack. All monies raised from the fundraiser will assist in augmenting students traveling to France as part of the New Cultural Experiences Program at Rhinelander High School in March of 2020.

Thank you to the donor who paid the $25 to support the France 2020 group and brighten up our yard, it was greatly appreciated.
Upcoming Events
Board of Directors Corner
Bev Geske
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?   

Ron and I bought property in Pine Lake in 1990 and moved here full time in 2005

How long with NATH – Frederick Place? 

We joined Newcomers and Friends and met Bill and Carol Miller and Ken and Ginger Chrobak who were involved in starting a homeless shelter in Rhinelander.

What made you decide to get involved with NATH – Frederick Place? 

I sat in on several monthly meetings and then joined the fundraising committee. You know Bill. Before I knew it I was a board member! In the beginning it was the time of finding a house and then remodeling it. Our husbands were very involved in that process. I was involved in raising money so we could continue that project. Newcomers and Friends then adopted the sunroom and furnished it. 
What committees are you involved with? 

I am still involved in the Community Outreach and Fundraising committee both as co-chairman and now just a member

What is your favorite memory while you have been involved with NATH – Frederick

My favorite memory during that initial fundraising was running several rummage sales. I was lucky to find vacant storefronts downtown for the first 2 sales. My friends in Newcomers and Friends were greatly involved. The first one that Newcomers were involved with was set up downtown and looked like a boutique. It was very special. We raised quite a bit of money but we did work hard. Bill was so happy and wanted to have one every year but eventually we stopped even though people in town really wanted us to continue.
The reason I am continuing with NATH is that I believe in the mission of having shelter for the homeless and we are fortunate to have Frederick Place in Rhinelander. Thank you Bill!
Barbara Mathers
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?

I have lived in the Northwoods for 12 years.

How long with NATH – Frederick Place?

I have been involved with NATH for five years. 

What made you decide to get involved with NATH – Frederick Place?

I had heard of Frederick Place and NATH and felt people were working for a worthy cause. A friend, who thought I might be interested, asked me to go to a fundraising meeting. I decided to participate in some of the NATH events, and eventually, I was asked to join the board.

What committees are you involved with?

I am on the community outreach and fundraising committee and the executive board.

What is your favorite memory while you have been involved with NATH – Frederick Place?

I don't have one special memory. However, what is special to me with my involvement in NATH is the many new friends I have made through the years and enjoy working with. It is, also, special to me to know that I am now contributing to this worthy cause.
Tribute Corner

In Memory of
Mary DeCanter

In Honor of
Randy Soulier,
Debbie Bingham
Jeff & Genene Lynott

Partner Corner
Tracey Barnes recently presented Tammy Modic with a check for $500 from Ruby's Pantry.

Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander has partnered with Rubyʼs Pantry to provide grocery distribution to the community, the third Tuesday of every month, being held at the National Guard Armory, 1136 Adams Way. Everyone is welcome to participate in the program, and there are no income requirements. Ruby’s Pantry is not a government program. For a donation of $20 (cash only) participants receive an abundance of food.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop
~Mother Teresa

I believe I can safely say that all of us have at one time or another have felt like just a drop and have lost sight of the bigger picture. I know I recently felt this way, and I know I am not alone. What we’ve been going through as staff has been reflected in what I share with you each month. The first five months of 2019 I wrote about loss through death and relocation. Heaven and Texas both gained angels as we said farewell to Bill and Carol. We suffered the heartbreaking loss of two special residents who lost their battle with alcoholism. With Frederick Place short staffed, behind the scenes some of us have been working extra hours and long days as the search to find a new member to join our family continued. We’ve had to tell well-liked residents (we thought were doing so well) that they needed to leave for violating our zero-tolerance policy and purposely lying to cover it up. Now, it is unrealistic to think every resident will be a success story, but I can’t recall another year during which we have had only one- “Wow! We really made a difference!” -story in six months. We were in a slump and losing sight of the lives we played a role in changing. Then, as often happens in my life, something happened that turned my frown upside down. I heard from Jennifer; the special resident who made my job easy in December 2018 by allowing me to share with you what she had written on the Frederick Place Facebook page. When Jen left us to move into her own place, she was facing the possibility of prison time and loss of her son to the system. Thankfully, she only received probation and shortly after that court date she sent me this message;

“Eligible for early release from probation. Yep, I have been deemed low risk and as soon as I pay off my costs, they can let me go. Tomorrow I go to court where Judge O’Melia will sign off on me having permanent custody of my son. Yes, all that I have done was made possible by YOU guys. You gave me a safe place and all the resources I needed. I couldn’t have come so far and done so well without the staff at Fred’s. You guys are my family.”

What a warm fuzzy that was! Deep down we all know we make a difference. We just needed to be reminded and Jen’s words did just that! 

As we ended our chat, I asked if I could share her news with all of you. She replied, “Yes you can! Anything for you!” I took that “anything” and ran with it by replying, “Position is still open. Lol” 

Now I’d been talking to Jen about applying for this open position for a few months. She has amazing insight, a way with words, and can pretty much relate to anyone and everyone. Jen had her reasons for not applying, and I reluctantly quit bringing the subject up….until that night. Imagine my surprise when Jen sent me both her resume and cover letter within an hour of my joking about the position still being available. I put both documents on Tammy’s chair, and an interview was scheduled the next week.

After the interview Jen shared some of her responses and thoughts with me. What follows are a few snippets: 

“Many of my answers were based on my experience there and how I would love to be a part of that for others. I’m learning about codependency. I thought how this would be a healthy alternative in an appropriate setting to fulfill the desire to help people and support them in their new beginnings. To be able to earn my living in the place I love with the people I love”

“This would be a source of pride for me because it’s a wonderful place that held me in its warm arms until I could get into the world again. I would love to be a part of that process for others. To see their pride return. To see them through the darkest part of their life in safety and respect. The transformation must be something to witness when it happens right. I want this to be part of my story” 
Even on the darkest, most tiring days Tammy could be heard making the statement that the position had not been filled for a reason. Just as I believe Elizabeth Warren “has a plan for that, ” I believe the position was always meant for Jen, but all the pieces hadn’t fallen into place until now. What those pieces are I do not know. Perhaps she had an epiphany while listening to Springsteen’s Leap of Faith that prompted her to show some guts and get things going by trusting her heart. Maybe she was just sick of me nagging and thought “Here we go again…” and decided to apply to shut me up. It could be that she just hates doing resumes. More than likely she realized that nothing more than fear of change was holding her back from the next chapter in her story. Whatever the catalyst, I am so very grateful I took a leap of faith and chided her about the position being open. 

Jen will officially begin adding to her story when she becomes part of the Fred Family on August 1, 2019. 

I see a future full of shift change counseling sessions, sharing of joys and sorrows, and an abundance of laughter. I look forward to the years ahead as we age and take longer to get up and answer the door, fight over donated Christmas and bird sweatshirts, and no longer feel we are too young to be called “ma’am.” It will be an honor and pleasure to be part of the next chapters in Jen’s book of life. My heart is full of gratitude - mixed with a bit of little kid “Ha! I got my way!” 

Welcome home, my friend. We’ve missed you. 

Thrivent Making a Difference
Are you a member of Thrivent?

Apply for your Thrivent action Team to assist NATH.

Go to Thrivent.com/action team to get started. Here are some questions you may see when applying. What is the need you and your volunteer team want to tackle? How will your volunteer team spread generosity in your community? When will your project take place? How will you use your $250 seed money to make a bigger impact?

Once you submit your application, it’s typically review within a few days. When you project is approved, you will get to customize a hand packed Thrivent action kit based on what your team needs, including promotional banner, Live Generously T-shirts, step by step guides, invitations, thank you notes and a $250 Community Impact Card to use as seed money to get your project off the ground.

Some of the ways you could help NATH/Frederick Place, would be as a sponsor for Summer Raffle, Anniversary Benefit, Harvest Hoedown, Soup for Shelters, Golf Scramble or by preparing a meal or two for the house residents. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.
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Wish List
Meal Providers
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month the staff and residents thank the following individuals and groups.  
Ali Shoeder
Anna Detienne
Carrie Ratty
Carly Ratliff
Christina Coffen
First Congregational UCC - Rhinelander
Human Service Center
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Tracy Paquette
Monica Moran
Nancy Thorn
Pastor John Kuziej
Pioneer Lake Lutheran Confirmation
Rhinelander Café and Pub
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
Xylina Graf & family
Jasmine Baker - Ascension
Sue Kuckkahn
Meals Needed
Ever ask how you can help? Become a meal provider for the residents of Frederick Place. There are multiple ways that this can happen.

  1. You can make the meal at home, or pick up something from a local eatery and deliver it to Frederick Place.
  2. You can drop off ingredients for a meal and either staff or residents can cook the meal for the evening meal.
  3. You can bring the ingredients and cook the meal at Frederick Place and then stay and eat dinner with them.

We will call you the week prior to let you know how many residents we currently have at the house and if there are any known allergies. You will normally be cooking for approximately 16 residents and 1 staff member. You can make whatever you would like to make, we ask that you also bring a gallon of milk for dinner as well.
We have changed the way we are having people sign up and will begin to utilize Sign Up Genius for this volunteer endeavor as well. You will find the calendar below, marked with symbols that represent days that need meals. Sign Up Genius with the most updated calendar. If you would like to help out, click on the button below and find a date that will work for you and sign up to bring a meal. It is a way to bless many with one simple act of kindness.