GREEN BAY — Lent is when we are asked to fast, pray and practice charity.
It's also time for the Lenten/Easter Wish List, to which Compass readers have given since 1993.
The list links readers with some of the local organizations that help the poor, elderly, sick and disadvantaged around the diocese. Over 19 years, 327 group requests have been placed on the Wish List. At least half are filled each year.
Below are some of the groups, descriptions of their work, requests and a contact person. More will be listed in the next Compass issue. Whatever you choose, tell them you read it in The Compass.
The Wish List will be on our website, www.thecompassnews.org, throughout Lent and the Easter season.
(If you know of a group that might qualify for the Wish List, let us know at
Le Royer Hospice, Antigo
This end-of-life program at Langlade Memorial Hospital is sponsored by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. It cares for patients in five counties and helped more than 100 last year. Sr. Adele Demulling, director, says they would like money to buy booklets for families, "Gone from My Sight," as their relatives approach death. The books are $2 each. She would also like funds to purchase massage therapy for patients, since it is not paid for under Medicaid. However, Sr. Adele said, massage is "therapeutic" and "provides further comfort and fosters relaxation." They also would like donations to the quarterly publication, "Quality of Life Matters," at a cost of $75 a subscription. Contact her at (715) 623-2331, ext. 437.
Bridge-Between Retreat Center, Denmark
This rural retreat ministry, rooted in Dominican spirituality, serves 6,000 a year both on site and in parish visits.
They have a working farm and organic garden and are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2012. The center would like new laptop or funding for a refurnished one. They would also like funding for their summer four-day high school youth visits, as well as printing supplies and sugar and unbleached flour for jam and jelly-making. Call Diane Eparvier at (920) 864-7230.
House of Hope, Green Bay
Sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the House of Hope serves pregnant and/or single mothers, ages 18-24, and their children. They need baby monitors, cool mist humidifiers and 10 gift cards to give to mothers for unexpected needs like work shoes or child care needs. They would also appreciate snow plowing services. Call Chris Varela at (920) 884-6740.
Marion House, Green Bay
This group home for pregnant teens helps an average of 20 teens and their children each year. Their big wish is a van (11 seats) to transport all their residents to events in one vehicle. They also need baby supplies like diapers, bottles and "sippy cups." Call Debbie Schaut or Pat VandeVoort at (920) 496-1478.
StreetLights Outreach, Green Bay
We Care Meals' Easter Dinner, Appleton
This nighttime outreach has provided a "feet on the streets" presence in at-risk neighborhoods for six years. They offer food and beverages weekly, from April to October, and monthly block parties attended by up to 300 low-income people, including children. Each party's food costs range from $250 to $350. They would appreciate gift cards to buying clubs to purchase food. Call Tony Pichler at (920) 680-6127.
Each year, this group of volunteers hosts both a Christmas and an Easter meal at the Appleton Moose Lodge. Delivery to the homebound is also included. The cost of the meal is by donation. In 2010 and 2011, donations fell off and the Christmas meal was in danger of cancellation in 2010. Last minute donations came through. Ed Rathsack, coordinator, said that funds were low for Christmas this year, too, but they managed to go on as scheduled. Funds for the Easter meal "are tight, too," Rathsack said, "but we'll make it work." If there are enough funds collected, homemade Easter baskets for the homebound guests will also be made. Last year, 1,500 were served for Easter. Call Rathsack at (920) 731-7867. Monetary donations may be sent N2691 State Road 47, Appleton, WI 54913 and made out to "Goodwill Industries," with "We Care Meals program" on the memo line.
St. John the Evangelist Shelter, Green Bay
This downtown homeless shelter, running from November to April, provides overnight shelter. It is an emergency facility, run by the parish with help from the Green Bay Diocese. Executive director Mary Kelly said they would like volunteers and supplies to build a wood fence in the parking lot to provide privacy for neighbors. They would also appreciate help in starting both a men's club to mentor homeless men and a daytime shelter so the homeless don't need to go to bus stations or the library all day. Contact Kelly at (920) 436-9344.
Elizabeth Ministry, Kaukauna
Elizabeth Ministry Retreat and Resource Center provides hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships. It is the headquarters for more than 700 chapters on six continents. Founder Jeannie Hannemann said they need volunteers to help with data entry and work in the gift shop, as well someone who can assist with social networking, computer and networking technology.
Donations of office supplies, laundry soap, toilet paper and tissue, and tea room supplies and treats are also needed. Contact Hannemann at (920) 766-9380.
Bella Pregnancy Medical Clinic, Oshkosh
This pregnancy resource center and medical clinic provides free services to women with unplanned pregnancies. Begun as "Labor of Love" maternity home in 1994, it has expanded into a medical clinic to help infants and new mothers. It also offers adoption information, medical referrals, ultrasounds, pregnancy testing and abortion recovery. They would like bus tokens so clients can "get to and from our clinic safely," said Susan Kraus, clinic services director. They are also reaching out to young fathers and would like funds to purchase informational DVDs for them. Call Kraus at (920) 231-6006.