I was a stranger and you invited me in..."  -Matthew 25:35 NIV
Thank you for making Christmas happen
at Frederick Place.

Faces of NATH
Guest writer
Tammy Dye
Generosity and Gratitude

Generosity is defined as, “ the quality of being kind and generous; or the quality or fact of being plentiful or large.”

Gratitude is defined as, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

These are two words that are synonymous with life at Frederick Place. It has been said that “magic” happens at Frederick Place. This is something that I truly believe and have seen everyday for the past three years. I have seen people that are beaten down rise up; those that have had previous issues beat the odds and take the steps to make their lives thrive. I have seen the sparkle put back into people’s eyes and unending gratitude for the “home” that they are able to have for a short period in their lives. A home that is more than just a bed, and meals. Our slogan has always been “Everybody Deserves Shelter.” It should be more like, “Everybody Deserves to have a Home.” That’s what Frederick Place has been to over 600 people since the doors opened on January 31, 2011.

I have always had a heart for helping people, but I am truly blessed to be part of this amazing place. Every day is a day that I am constantly reminded that God is good and continues to show up in every situation. Following are a couple short stories of how this has become evident.

Last year we had a family that was in desperate need of clothing for the children, so I began typing a short list of what was needed by this family. As I hit enter on my computer, the doorbell rang. At the door was a person with multiple bags of donations. As I began to go through the bags, I was filled with love and blessings, for in those bags were every size clothing that I had just typed into my computer and put out on Facebook. Some may ask why this is so relevant. It is relevant because there is absolutely no way this person knew the sizes of clothing that I had just put into my computer and hit send as the doorbell rang. Coincidence? No, it was all completely, overwhelmingly God! 
Another time just a few weeks ago, we had a few residents come and ask if we happen to have snow boots, work boots, and heavier jackets that could be worn in the woods while helping a family member. We wrote down the sizes and told them we would see what we could do. Not even an hour later, someone showed up at the door with the exact size boots and a heavy jacket that would be awesome for working outdoors. Another coincidence? No, just another way that God showed up. God showers blessings upon us daily. This is a job that can sometimes be very tough, but can also be very rewarding. It is a job that also humbles you daily and lets you see the good in people.

Knowing that each of us who work at NATH/Frederick Place make a difference in someone’s life each day is something that none of us on staff take for granted. We are all humbled to make a difference in someone’s life. The team at Frederick Place is one of kindness, compassion, gentleness, firmness, love, and above all faith. Each one has a special place in this amazing facility, and all go above and beyond to ensure every person that crosses our threshold is treated with respect, kindness, compassion, and dignity.

Gratitude is shown by current and former residents, and is often felt in very tangible ways. Residents are always more than willing to step up and help whenever help is needed. We have had residents use their handyman skills to help fix small issues around the house. We have had residents take it upon themselves to refinish our dining room table because the varnish had worn down after so much use, or repaint the kitchen just to give it a fresh look, or fix a door with a very old piece of glass that is special to the historical integrity of the house. There have been kind words written on our Facebook page, and letters/cards sent to us to say “Thank you.” Former residents drop off flowers/candy for the staff, or call and offer to make dinner for the house, or drop off items that they know are needed on a regular basis. These are just a few ways that former and current residents have chosen to give back.

Here are some words of former and current residents:

I just wanted to say, a year ago u guys were there for me and saved my sons an I from living on the streets. U had great resources offered to me to get back on my feet an I'll forever be grateful!”

“I been down in the dumps several times before I came to Frederick Place. I came to Frederick Place twice, they saved my life and helped me turn it around, for that I will always be grateful. The ladies that work at Frederick Place are very helpful and caring and while they expect everyone to follow the rules, their willing to give and do whatever is needed to help and make every person feel like they are important. They all hold a special place with me.”

“Frederick Place has been a REFUGE in a time of unforeseen need! The help & resources of staff and the community have been heartfelt! Under conditions outside of my control, it has given me a chance to put my ducks back in a row. Thank you, Frederick Place,” 

“The spirit of Hope, Trust and Faith to never give up; even when things seem bleak. Every day brings new beginnings to strive for a bright future.” 

“Having no idea what to expect when I moved here, it has been a wonderful experience. The staff are caring and knowledgeable about the resources that are available. I feel very lucky to be here.”

I believe one of the most amazing things about Frederick Place and the work that is done for those that are experiencing homelessness, is to be part of a community that is incredibly generous and supportive of our mission. We, the staff and the residents of Frederick Place, are constantly being shown that this community is a place of kindness, generosity, and love. Donations are dropped off, hair cuts given at no cost, meals are cooked daily from people in the community, rides are given, time and money are given generously, donations for our raffles and various fundraisers are given, and when it comes to Christmas, people go above and beyond anything anyone could ever imagine. It is humbling to be a part of making sure those that call Frederick Place “home”, are blessed on Christmas morning.

I have never been prouder to be part of a community that is so full of kindness and generosity. Throughout the year, we see a generous spirit and are so thankful for all the support and kindness that is shown to NATH, but something “magic” happens from Thanksgiving to Christmas that completely humbles us all and shows us that in this crazy mixed up world of ours, there are still people who go out of their way to help those that are less fortunate than themselves. Call it, “Christmas magic,” or call it, “generosity,” all I know is that it’s real and alive in this community.  

Thank you all for being the hands and feet and love of Jesus to many people.
And for joining us in our quest to end and prevent homelessness.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Community Partners
Rhinelander Community Foundation donated $2,000 to NATH for the operations of Frederick Place.
From left: Back row: Jeff Wagner - NATH President; Rick Corvin, Jim Barnes, Bryan Seidl, Regina Richards
Front row: Ginger Chrobak, Tammy Modic, Barb Mather
Northwoods Realty Group dropped off a check and lots of wish list items
Tammy Modic accepted a check from CharterNEx
 Megan Maclntyre and Sam Gillich from Allied 100 dropped off a load of wish list items for Frederick Place
Annual Anniversary
Gala & Dance
by Tammy Modic
2017 a year to feel blessed

There are so many reasons this time of the year to feel blessed.
January: Saw the announcement that NATH was chosen as the non-profit to benefit from the Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour and we were awarded a grant from the CoVantage Cares Foundation. First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eagle River hosted Lamp Light Concert to benefit NATH. Culver's in Minocqua hosts Culver’s Share Night where 10% of the sales was donated to NATH.
February: NATH celebrates six years of operation of Frederick Place at our annual benefit and the tickets for the Tailgate Tour go on sale.

March: NATH participates in the Help the Homeless Drive and many personal essentials are donated to the shelter. Culver's Rhinelander hosts Culver’s Share Night.

April: The Green Bay Packer Tailgate tour is a huge success. Papa Murphy Share Night - Rhinelander where they offer a coupon day where $5 from each of the coupons goes to NATH.

May: We kick off our Summer Raffle while Faith Lutheran/Prince of Peace hold a fish fry at Oneida Village Inn in Three Lakes to benefit NATH. Papa Murphy Share Night – Minocqua helps NATH.

June: NATH holds our annual golf scramble at Northwood Golf Club with over 20 teams participating and the brat sale season begins at Trigs in Eagle River.

July: The brat sales continue at Sentry in St Germain and Tris in Rhinelander.

August: First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rhinelander and Eagle River host Chelsea Chen concert with proceeds going to NATH. Summer raffle ticket sales continue at Redikulous Day, Rhinelander; Save More Foods, Minocqua; Pig in the Pines, St Germain; Paul Bunyan Days, Eagle River, and Copps, Antigo. We sell baked goods at the Rhinelander Farmer’s Market.

September: The CoVantage Harvest Hoedown held at Woodpecker Bar and Grill is a huge success for NATH and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and NATH was awarded the Harley Davidson Foundation Grant. We sell our raffle tickets at the Fall Frenzy held in Rhinelander.

October: We draw the winners of our summer raffle at Cranberry Fest, Eagle River; St Mathias Thrift Shop, Minocqua continues its partnership with NATH by awarding it funds to help with the operations of Frederick Place and St Peter the Fisherman partners with us to hold our Eagle River Soup for Shelter. Cross Country Bar & Grill host a Green Bay Packer Party and CT’s Deli hosts its Friday Night FUNdraisers to benefit NATH.

November: Nativity of our Lord partners with us to hold our Rhinelander Soup for Shelter while we begin a partnership with Today’s Youth and work at a Green Bay Packer concession stand to raise funds for Frederick Place. Area businesses support Everybody Deserves Shelter campaign by selling “houses” or hosting a “birdhouse”.

December: NATH was awarded the Green Bay Packer Foundation and the Rhinelander Community Foundation. Culver’s in Rhinelander hosts its Culver’s Shares. The community steps up to support the residents allowing them to have an amazing Christmas.

These are just a few of the blessings that happened in 2017. I can not begin to thank those who partnered with NATH/Frederick Place in any way this year. Frederick Place was home to 100 men, women and children in 2017 and we look forward to the blessings that 2018 will bring.
Grant Corner
On December 5, Tammy Modic and Bill Miller went to Green Bay to accept a $4000 grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation.
Save the Date
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Tribute Corner

In Honor of

Ken Chrobak

Ways you can become a NATH Partner and donate 

A New Way
to Donate
We’ve joined the Buzz Points network! Buzz Points has partnered with Ripco Credit Union or Park City Credit Union to give their cardholders a free rewards program.
 Here’s how it works:

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Cardholders earn points for every dollar they spend using their enrolled debit or credit card.
When enough points are accrued, they can be redeemed for rewards to local or national  businesses. Points can also be redeemed as a monetary donation to local charities on the Buzz Point network.
If you’re a cardholder of either establishment, it’s now easier than ever to donate to a local cause. When your ready to redeem your points, our organization will be listed in the Buzz Points online and mobile Rewards Directory. Please consider donating in this manner to NATH.
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Thrivent Choice Donors
this month:

Brenda Robinson

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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NATH Wish List
Meal Partners
for December
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following groups.  
·   First Congregational United Church of Christ - Rhinelander
·   Human Service Center
·   Watz Family
·   Pastor John, and Rita, Bill & Joan Green - Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church - Conover
·   Pine Grove Church
·   Ministry Health Care part of Ascension
·   Nancy - St Kunegunda/St Theresa's
·   Orrin
·   Rhinelander Café and Pub
·   The Table – St. Augustine Episcopal Church - Rhinelander
·   Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
·   Traci Stinebrink
·   FCCLA Group
·   Drs. Foster & Smith
·   Nancy
·   Bill & Rita Dobbins and friends
·   Rhonda Schmidt
·   Pastor John and confirmation class
·   Nicolet National Bank
·   Katie Kubisiak
·   Natalia & Xylina Graf
·   Fire Chief Terry Williams & family
·   Marlin
·   Gail Chariton
·   MJ Laggis
·   Nikki Pearson/James Beck Center
·   Don & Debbie Myers
Open Meal Dates