Marshfield Clinic recently contributed $750 to the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) to help in its fundraising efforts to continue to operate the Frederick Place Homeless Shelter.
NATH is a nonprofit service organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness. Frederick Place opened in January 2011. According to shelter Executive Director, Tammy Modic, Frederick Place has served more than 300 people, with the majority coming from Oneida and Vilas counties, since the shelter opened. Residents from Forest, Langlade and Lincoln counties also have been served.
“The people we’re able to help are families with children and individuals who lack fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Too many people find themselves in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks and abandoned buildings,” Bill Miller, NATH president, said. “Many people discharged from health care institutions lack the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing, and people discharged from domestic abuse facilities often have no place to go other than back to their abusive situations.”
Due to an annual increase in the utility disconnects in the area since 2007, many individuals and families each year are put at risk of losing their homes. Poverty rates continue to climb in this area due to the poor economic climate.
Each year, more children need free or reduced lunch at local schools. In addition, area food pantries continue to report record numbers of people needing assistance.
NATH exists to provide safe, temporary and emergency housing and basic needs for homeless families and individuals. NATH offers an atmosphere of encouragement, respect, dignity and hope, while nurturing and promoting self-sufficiency and independent living.
“Homelessness has a tremendous impact on the health of individuals, especially children. Marshfield Clinic recognizes that this organization makes a positive difference in the health and lives of our neighbors in the Northwoods, so we’re happy to assist,” Dr. Michael Schaars, medical director, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center, said.
To contribute, contact the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, P.O. Box 913, Rhinelander, WI 54501, or call Frederick Place at 715-369-9777, or visit www.nathnorthwoods.com.