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By | February 24, 2010

Horizon Adult Day Care, Antigo

This day care facility for seniors in Langlade County provides activities, companionship and peer support in a safe, structured environment, especially those suffering physical, emotional or mental impairments. Program coordinator Kerri Matz says the facility is moving soon and needs kitchen items ranging from a microwave to non-stick pots and pans, measuring cups and spoons, as well as a plasma TV and Lawrence Welk tapes, CDs or DVDs. Call Matz at (715) 627-0657.

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 people last year. Sr. Adele Demulling, director, says they would like to have money to purchase two booklet for caregivers, “When Death is Near” and “Gone from my Sight.” She said the booklets costs $1.64 and $2 respectively and need to be ordered in quantities. They would also appreciate an LCD projector so they can show PowerPoint presentations to groups. Contact Sr. Adele at (715) 623-2331, ext. 793.

Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Appleton

This three-year-old nondenominational venture addresses homeless in need of emergency overnight shelter. Brad Vivoda, executive director, said they shelter an average of 25 people (men and women) each night. Since the shelter has no permanent facility, it rotates its weekly base between facilities at local churches during the winter. They have over 1,000 volunteers and have begun a capital campaign for a permanent facility in the spring. They need donations for that year-round facility. For daily use, they need gas cards for the van that transports clients from downtown to the shelter each night, and grocery store gift cards to buy food for two daily meals. Vivoda said they need gloves, hats and insulated underwear. Call him at (920) 277-1968.

Bridge-Between Retreat Center, Denmark

This rural retreat ministry, rooted in Dominican spirituality, serves 8,000 a year both on site and in school/parish visits. They have a working farm and organic garden. The center needs a laser printer/copier and a computer upgrade. They would also like a water filter system for retreat rooms in their silo and granary, and money to paint their 1890 barn. Sr. Caroline Sullivan would also like volunteers for their flower gardens. Call Diane Eparvier at (920) 864-7230.

Love Life Ministries, Green Bay

This ecumenical ministry provides baby needs to low-income families. Located at two churches in Green Bay, St. Joseph and Peace United Methodist, they would like Pack ‘n Plays, portable playbeds for newborns. Co-coordinator Nancy Spiegelhoff said they also need all sizes of disposable diapers and pull-ups, and baby items such as hooded towels, bottles, lotion and wash and rattles. Contact her at (920) 494-5423.

StreetLights Outreach, Green Bay

This nighttime outreach has provided food and companionship to homeless and marginalized people in at-risk neighborhoods for four years. They offer food and beverages each week, from April to October, and sponsor monthly block parties attended by up to 250. Each party’s food costs $250 to $350. They would appreciate gift cards to buying clubs, like Sam’s, to purchase food. Call Deacon Steve Meyer, (920) 497-1179.

St. John the Evangelist Shelter, Green Bay

This downtown Green Bay homeless shelter, running from November to April, takes in 50 people or more for overnight shelter. Fr. Guy Blair said they need a large refrigerator, a TV and stand, HE laundry detergent, antiseptic wipes and coffee. Call executive director Mary Kelly at (920) 436-9344.

St. Vincent de Paul House of Hope, Green Bay

The house serves pregnant and/or single mothers, ages 18-24, and their children. Last year, they served 59 families, including 60 children. So they need baby items like baby wash and size 5 diapers/pull-ups and paper towels. They would also like cribs and bassinettes, and lawn service and snow plowing. Chris Varela said government food assistance does not cover hygiene items for clients, and donated lawn services would mean “we may reassign those budgeted funds toward direct client services.” Call Varela at (920) 884-6740.

Norbertine Volunteer Community, Green Bay

This 11-month-old mission of the Norbertine community places recent college graduates into the local neighborhood to offer full-time ministry to the elderly, families with children and help at neighborhood events. The volunteers live in a house in Old North Green Bay where they serve 30 hours per week for specific agencies or ministries, such as with Catholic Charities and the Boys and Girls Club. They also spend 10 hours a week assisting residents in the neighborhood. Director Ellen Mommaerts said they would like a seven-person van to use to transport elderly people to doctor appointments or the grocery store. They also need printer ink cartridges and bus passes. Call her at (920) 403-2944.

Marion House, Green Bay

This group home for pregnant teens and teen mothers helps an average of 20 women each year. They would like a gas grill for barbeques for the mothers and for volunteer appreciation dinners. They also need size 4 diapers for the children. Call Debbie Schaut or Pat VandeVoort at (920)496-1478.

Wellspring, Green Bay

This downtown, drop-in center, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross at Bay Settlement, serves disadvantaged women from various faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Director Sr. Fran Bangert says it “provides a place of peace, safety and belonging.” They would like a small color copier to save costs printing their monthly newsletter and publicity material, and a 10-foot ladder because “the old one is unsafe.” Call Sr. Fran at (920) 433-9995.

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. This year, they began a “Reclaiming Eden” initiative, helping with recovery from pornography addiction. Founder Jeannie Hannemann says they need sponsors for resources. For example, sponsor a room at the center for $100 a month or donate for burial vessels for miscarried babies. They also need more volunteers at the center, printing done free or at a reduced cost, a copy machine, laser printer, paper goods and snacks. Contact Hannemann at (920) 766-9380

Mount Tabor Center, Menasha

This is the only retreat center in the diocese focused directly on youth and young adults. This year, they will give 140 retreats to 5,000 people. They have also formed an evangelization team of young people, SPIRITUS, who give nine months of service. They need liquid laundry soap, copy paper and toilet paper. They would also like money toward setting up a database to address ministry needs. Contact development coordinator Margaret Eggen at (920) 722-8918, ext. 102.

Bella Pregnancy Medical Clinic, Oshkosh

This pregnancy resource center and medical clinic provided free services to 151 women with unplanned pregnancies last year. Director Ginnie Anderson says clients participate in an “Earn as you Learn” project that rewards them with baby items for taking pregnancy and parenting classes. They need disposable diapers and wipes, albums and newborn clothing as well as strollers, car seats and cribs. Call Anderson at (920) 231-6006.

Chaplain, Oshkosh Correctional Institution

The interfaith chaplaincy works with the prison population of 2,040 men, more than 300 of whom are registered as Catholics. The chaplains need private funds to purchase hosts, missalettes and polyester altar cloths. They also ask for greeting cards for the men to send to family members. Call Chaplain Scott Drexler at (920) 231-4010, ext. 2171.

Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, Oshkosh

For 35 years, the Place 2B has built a network of services for the needy and ill in Oshkosh, including a food bank and pantry, and three shelter facilities. Joe Geniesse, executive director, said they need kitchen appliances for the Mother Teresa Center, where they host free holiday meals and community gatherings. They also need laundry detergent and personal hygiene products, especially deodorant. Geniesse is also hoping families or parish groups will adopt a shelter room and decorate it. “It’s not something that would take a lot of money, just a little time,” he said. Call him at (920) 231-2378.

St. Francis Free Community Health Clinic, Oshkosh

Located at The Place 2B, the clinic sees 200 people a week. Doctors, dentists and chiropractors volunteer services. But, “we can always use more people,” said director Joe Geniesse. He said they especially need a volunteer pharmacist and doctor or physician’s assistant to volunteer as clinic director. The clinic also needs OTC pain and cold medicines. Call Geniesse at (920) 231-2378.

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