I was a stranger and you invited me in..." 
Matthew 25:35 NIV
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Executive Director Corner
This month I am going to be introducing a new column that we are looking to start in future newsletters, Volunteer Corner. We are going to showcase individuals and groups who volunteer for NATH - Frederick Place and let you hear in their own words why they chose us when there are so many other worthy non profits to volunteer with. We are hoping this will show you the many ways you can get involved and hear from our volunteers. If you would like to be showcased in future month please send me an email to nathnorthwoods@gmail.com.

This month I asked Xylina Graf to tell me in her words "Why NATH - Frederick Place".

Why NATH - Frederick Place? By Xylina Graf 

During middle and elementary school, my mother picked some community service activities we did as a family here and there throughout the year. When I started high school, she approached me and told me that I now had the choice of what community service I wanted to do but that I had to pick something. When I asked why she said that we are all part of this community and truly being part of a community means that we help those around us just as others help us along in our personal journey. 

I didn't know where to start. I liked animals but could not work with the wild animals at the local wildlife rescue place in my town because I had to be 18 to volunteer there. I struggled to find a place on my own. My Mom simply asked what I liked to do. I told her that I liked to cook (especially desserts!). That's when she suggested Frederick Place and contributing a meal monthly. This has really worked out well for me. With my busy high school schedule, I like the flexibility of choosing when I cook a meal and I like the freedom of deciding what I want to make for the residents. I have been doing this now for almost two years and I have the system down. I decide on the menu, my Mom picks up the groceries, I cook everything and package it, and then my Mom delivers it to the house. 

Being homeless can happen to anyone at any point in time. I appreciate what I have, and I enjoy being able to make a homemade meal for others who are trying to make positive changes in their lives. 
Board of Directors Corner
Jeff Musson
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?   

Born in Rhinelander and lived here until 1985. Left to go to college in Milwaukee and upon graduation moved to Wausau. Retired from Teaching in 2016 and returned to the area

How long with NATH – Frederick Place? 

 Less than 1 year

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

I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community and thought NATH would be a good place to start.
What committees are you involved with? 

Facilities committee

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

Since I have only been with NATH a short time, I do not have many memories to choose from. I have attended several fundraising activities over the last year and have been impressed with the support and enthusiasm that I have witnessed from the public at each event. The community really cares about NATH! It truly is a great organization doing good work.
Kathy Dolch
Board Director

How long have you lived in the Northwoods?

I have lived in the Northwood's since 1959.

How long with NATH – Frederick Place?

I have been on the NATH Board of Directors for the last two years.

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

I got involved with N.A.T.H. because I thought it would be a good way to be involved with the community and help people who were in need!

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

My favorite memory was when Team Dolch participated in the Golf Benefit at Northwood's Golf Course this past summer!!
On October 11th On the Spot Improv Group of Rhinelander held a fundraiser for NATH - Frederick Place. Laughter was heard by all. Thank you On The Spot for your talents and time and all who came to the event. We raised just shy of $600.
Becca, Frederick Place House Manager, recently accepted some wonderful donations of items for Frederick Place from Park City Credit Union. Thank you for your kindness.
Chad Swanson, American Family Insurance presented Tammy Modic with a check for $420 from September's Life Insurance Month which included match dollars from American Family Insurance. Thank you  Chad Swanson .

 Thank you to everyone who volunteered and joined us at  Culver's  last week.

Thank you Culver's and staff for all of your hard work. We are excited to see how much we earned. "
Griffin (age 6) and Easton (age 4) were two of the Coloring Contest Winners at Harvest Hoedown. They were so excited to get their prizes when mom brought them to Frederick Place to pick them up. Nice job boys.
Thank you  Jennie  &  Richard Kotula  for your donation of $400 from our recent  Backwaters Bar and Grill  Shares Night. We hope to do it again next year. Thank you to all who came out that night.
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus #7827 for your recent donation of $500 from your Pancake Breakfast. You are greatly appreciated. In the picture (L-R) are Tom Granlund, Jeff Wagner (NATH Board President), Grand Knight Bob Link and Financial Secretary Mike Heppe.
Recently, the James Williams Middle School staff thought it would be fun to attend the Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Downtown Haunted History Tour. They arranged to have their own tour night and the $243 proceeds from ticket sales were donated to NATH.

Ellyne Dahnke and Gloria Olson from UCC Thrift Shop in St Germain presented Tammy Modic with a check for $680 to help with the operations of Frederick Place. Thank you.
Congratulations to the winners of the Summer Raffles.

Floating Oasis Water Pad &  Mel's Trading Post  gift certificate =  Eric Huseby

Two night stay  Eagle Waters Resort  & $200 gift certificate for  Eagle Waters Resort Restaurant  =  Sidney Ring

Two Sendona DX Bikes purchased from  Bikes-N-Boards  = Linda Berna

$500 Cash = Tim Marek

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to help Frederick Place.
Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
When you hear or see the word “addiction,” what is your first thought? If you are like me your brain went right to drugs and alcohol. This is totally understandable as drugs and alcohol garner the most attention. I mean, how often do you hear about Clutterers Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, or Online Gamers Anonymous? Again, if you’re like me you had no idea these groups existed. Wikipedia lists 34 types of recovery groups based on a 12-step program, and I’m sure there are many more not listed. The reason so many groups have sprung up could perhaps be attributed to the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) release of a new definition of addiction. Over 80 experts from the ASAM spent four years developing the new parameters and identifying addiction as a chronic brain disease. They concluded it develops from physical abnormalities in the reward circuitry of the brain, particularly in atypical differences in the way areas of the brain communicate regarding memory, emotional response and pleasure. Dr. Michael Miller, a former ASAM president who oversaw the four-year study, felt that addiction, at its core, is not just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem, it is a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas. The disease is about brains, not drugs. It is about underlying neurology, not outward actions.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral
control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and
interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic
diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or
engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or
premature death.

American Society of Addiction Medicine “Public Policy Statement: Definition of Addiction” 8-15-2011

The main features, in layman’s terms, of this new vision as cited on the Addiction.com website are: 

·         All addictions are simply addiction. In other words, addiction to food and gambling is the same as drug addiction. This new way of thinking would change how doctors diagnose this category of disorders. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), each kind of addiction is considered a separate behaviorally based disease, i.e., substance abuse is not the same as alcohol abuse or obsessive shopping.
·         Imbalances in the brain’s reward system cause the disease. This means addictions do not cause brain differences, although addictions reinforce them.
·         Addiction is a primary disease and not caused by other mental disorders. Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses do not cause people to “self-medicate” and then progress into addiction to food, drugs, and other substances and activities. Addiction is a primary or first disease with its own root causes in the brain.
·         Addictive behaviors are symptoms of the underlying disease. An addict’s neglect of social relationships, his or her seeking out the substance or activity involved, and other compulsive behaviors are not the addiction but rather symptoms of an underlying brain disorder that is addiction.
·         The disease is chronic and lifelong, like diabetes, arthritis and other illnesses that currently have no cures but can be managed through drugs, therapy, and behavior-based treatments such as losing weight, monitoring blood sugar, etc.
·         Like other chronic, lifelong diseases, addiction can cause disabilities and premature death if left untreated.
·         Addiction is a progressive disease. It will get worse without treatment. Gamblers will escalate to higher stakes and drug addicts will increase the amounts they use if they don’t receive treatment.

Addiction.com Staff on August 19, 2011 in Addiction Research, Causes 
“Redefining Addiction: Controversy Among Doctors”

In my opinion, the most common misconception of addiction is that it is almost always accompanied by a mental health issue and/or an individual begins using because they have a mental health diagnosis and are self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Addiction and mental health issues can co-exist, but one does not cause the other . If an individual with significant anxiety discovers that drinking relieves their symptoms they may drink to the point that they have crossed the threshold to full-blown alcoholism. Treating only the anxiety does not magically make someone put the plug in the jug. Both maladies must be treated separately.

Dr. Miller also felt that it was time to stop moralizing, blaming, controlling, or smirking at the person with the disease of addiction. Society listened, and since the release of this new definition the public understanding and acceptance of addiction as a chronic brain disease and the possibility of remission and recovery has increased. There has also been a growing acknowledgment surrounding the roles of prevention and harm reduction in the spectrum of addiction and recovery. I’ve personally experienced this new acceptance. In 2002 I was so full of shame as I headed to treatment. I didn’t dare say the word “alcoholic” out loud because then it would be true, and I didn’t want it to be true. Today I introduce myself as the token alcoholic of Frederick Place feeling zero shame. I say it with pride. My battle with alcoholism made me who I am today, and I like who I am. In 2002 nobody, including yours truly, understood why I couldn’t just quit drinking and vocalized their frustration to the point I became a hermit just so I didn’t have to deal with the lectures. Today I have an amazing support system comprised of people who often tell me how proud they are of me. My sobriety birthday has come to mean more to those who love me than my bellybutton birthday.

I grew up with an alcoholic father, and I did not understand alcoholism or why my dad couldn’t quit drinking. I grew up thinking my dad was just a jerk and alcohol intensified his character flaws. Today I understand his behavior. He had a disease. He passed away in 2009 and there is nothing I can do to “fix” what was broken long ago. I share that on the chance one of you is at the end of your rope with a loved one’s addiction. You may feel the addict in your life doesn’t care about or love you enough to quit whatever they are addicted to no matter how many times you voice your concerns and feelings. If you feel you are somehow to blame for another’s addiction, please know you are not. They have the disease of addiction and it is a selfish disease. The good news is that addiction can be treated and put into remission. However, it takes work on the addict’s part, and they will not succeed if they are not ready and willing to do whatever it takes to be rid of the substance or behavior destroying their life.
In the meantime, follow the 3 C’s……….

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.  
Ascension - Kohler Behavioral Health
Ali Shoeder
St Matthias Church
Knights of Columbus
Carly Ratliff
Diane Niemczyk
First Congregational UCC - Rhinelander
Human Service Center
Department of Social Servies
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Montessouri St Germain
Jennie Kotula (Backwaters Bar & Grill)
Pastor John Kuziej
Pioneer Lake Lutheran Confirmation
Rhinelander Café and Pub
St Theresa/St Kundegunda
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
Xylina Graf & family
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.