I was a stranger and you invited me in..."  -Matthew 25:35 NIV
Harvest Hoedown 2017
On September 30th, hundreds of folks gathered together at the Woodpecker Bar & Grill for the 3rd Annual Harvest Hoedown sponsored by CoVantage. They spent the afternoon celebrating fall and helping both NATH and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

There were plenty of activities to keep both children and adults entertained. There was live music, line dancing, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, apple games, a corn bin, an amazing Country Store, a large bake sale, beautiful baskets in the basket raffles and of course there was the delicious pig roasted up for us to enjoy.

This year, Rhinelander GM Auto Center, provided a truck for us to use for the first annual Fill the Truck. People were asked to bring a non perishable food or a personal essential item to place in the truck. The over 550 lbs of food and items were split between the two organizations.

We raised in excess of $12,000 which will be divided between NATH and the Rhinelanader Area Food Pantry.

We have already begun planning for the 4th Annual Harvest Hoedown which will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. Save the date to join us.
Soup for Shelter
by Tammy Modic
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 11-19, 2017

During the month of November, we are raising awareness about the under served in our community, those experiencing hunger and homelessness. In the Gospel of Mathew, we are told to put our faith into action.

I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me drink;
I was a stranger and you took me in.                 
Now I tell you this: when you do these              
things for the most neglected of mine 
you do them to me.
Matt. 25:35, 40

Frederick Place Shelter:      
Since opening on January 31 st , 2011, Frederick Place has been a haven for many; 591 unduplicated residents have called Frederick Place home for a total of over 26,606 shelter nights. We have served residents from all five counties. The cost of $43.25 per day, per resident is realized by NATH, including vital case management services.

How you can help:   
NATH and Frederick Place invite you to partner with them in their mission to serve those experiencing homelessness.                 

* Volunteer at Frederick Place
* Consider a monetary gift to support operations                                     
* Partner with NATH for fundraising                     
* Consider NATH in your estate planning                        
* Be a Fredrick Place volunteer driver                   
* Donate items from our wish list                                                   
* Provide an evening meal for residents               
* Join NATH’s 1000 Give $100 Campaign and pledge to donate $100 a year for 3 or more years

For more information, please contact me at 715-482-7727. Gifts to NATH are tax-deductible and can be mailed to PO Box 913, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

About NATH:  
NATH is committed to ending and preventing homelessness. This corporation exists to provide safe housing and basic needs to families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness, within an atmosphere of encouragement, respect, dignity and hope, while nurturing and promoting self-sufficiency and independence.

1000 give a $100
Join us to fill the house above. Each brick represents 10 partners that have pledged $100 a year for the next 3 years. Our goal is to reach 1000 partners. Watch each month as the bricks are added and the different ways that your $100 can make a difference at NATH.

If you would like to partner with NATH please fill out the pledge card below and drop it off at Frederick Place or mail it to NATH PO box 913, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

Your $100 will purchase- Seventeen drug testing kits purchased to ensure that Frederick Place stays drug free .
Save the Date
Now thru December 4th
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Tribute Corner

In Honor of

Christy & Cory

In Memory of

Mary Jones
Virge Geske

Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
The story I am about to share, I share for two reasons. The first one is the simple fact that it is too funny to keep within the confines of the house. I can’t NOT share it. The other gives you a glimpse into the character of the man it is my privilege to write about.

I was quite glum when I arrived for work on October 15 thanks to Aaron Rodger’s potential season ending injury to his collarbone. Thanks to Jamie and the resident known as “Dan Dan the Handyman,” my dispirited mood was quashed by two words one wouldn’t expect to see in the same sentence. The words are keys and flushed. Yup. Jamie flushed the staff keys down the toilet. While I was trying to digest this information Dan went on to explain how he had his entire arm down the pipe that swallowed the keys. I laughed so hard my eyes began to water. I’m laughing right now.

Dan is one of the few residents who have come to stay at Frederick Place three times. While that is not exactly something to be proud of, I feel he made a decision he should be proud of. In my world I believe it takes more courage to ask for help, than it does to keep trudging down the same destructive path expecting a different result. Picking up the phone and asking to return for a third time attests to Dan’s unwillingness to permanently give in to the external forces that blocked his journey in recovery. That call meant that he was not ready to give up on himself and that he still felt he was worthy of happiness. Many alcoholics and addicts never come to the realization they are worthwhile people who deserve better than the existence they have been living. I am so very grateful Dan didn’t give up on himself. We all are.

Dan came to Frederick Place after graduating from treatment at Koinonia. I don’t know if something specifically happened while Dan was in treatment, or if he had just had enough of the little voice in his head lying to him and telling him things would be different this time.  Whatever the reason, the Dan who arrived last July is not the Dan we knew from his prior stints as a resident. Old Dan was sullen, kept to himself, and always remained guarded. New Dan is happy, talkative, friendly, determined, helpful, and funny as hell. He has embraced the adage, “The first thing you put before your sobriety is the second thing you will lose,” and is thriving in recovery. He joined Koinonia’s alumni group and was asked to run a weekly meeting. When Dan was interviewed for a job that would keep him out of town several days a week, the first thing he did was explain how important his program of recovery was to him and made it clear he planned on keeping it that way.

Dan has been a tremendous help while with us. The flushed keys incident is but one example of the many things he did around Frederick Place without complaint. We all seemed to go to him when a toilet wouldn’t flush, when an outdoor floodlight burned out, or when the kitchen door handle decided to be finicky and wouldn’t allow our key to enter it. He helped paint inside and out, replaced ceiling tiles that were damaged in the Gathering Room flood of 2017, and he provided a boost to a staff member when (hypothetically speaking) the keys got locked in the office. His handyman position will never be filled by someone as competent. 

Life for Dan wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns, though. Jobs fell through, landlords turned him down, and he didn’t get paid for several weeks of work. Old Dan would have complained effusively about what others were doing to him as he drank another libation. The Dan of today accepts things as they are and doesn’t have to drink to cope with the negative events. To drink would eventually ruin the hard won sobriety and happiness that are priceless to him today. That little voice telling him he could drink for just one night has been silenced. He has hope, and hope is a vital part of recovery.

While we appreciated every little thing Dan did, the tasks can’t compare to the laughter and tangible joy he brought to staff and residents alike. His genuine belly laugh alone made others respond in kind. The house seems so silent now. I miss that laugh that made me forget the bad events and be grateful for the life I have. I wish I had words to convey the profound transformation I saw in Dan. It is an absolute honor watching this man, who is real as real ever was, take one leap of faith after another as he continues working on a dream of the promised l and.
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:

Ripco Credit Union
Park City Credit Union

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.
If you debit or credit card is not registered go to  https://www.buzzpoints.com/
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and many more.
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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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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to  smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to  smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
NATH Wish List
Meal Partners
for October
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
  • Church of Christ–Hope Center
  • Human Service Center 
  • Terrie Bowman/Rick Covin
  • Watz Family
  • Pastor John, and Rita, Bill & Joan Green - Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church - Conover
  • Ponsse
  • Pine Grove Church
  • Ministry Health Care part of Ascension
  • Nancy - St Kunegunda/St Theresa's
  • St Matthais Church
  • Orrin
  • Kelly S
  • Christi Synder
  • Diane Rupert and Connie Lefebvre
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • The Table – St. Augustine Episcopal Church - Rhinelander
  • Traci Stinebrink
  • Lee
  • Tina Day
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran 
Church - Rhinelander
Open Meal Dates