Below are groups, descriptions of their ministry, their requests this year and a contact person. Should you choose to fulfill a wish, tell them you read it in The Compass. The feedback allows The Compass to continue this project.
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 [email protected].)
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. Sr. Adele Demulling, director, said, “There’s never a time when we are not busy.” They would like wheelchairs for patients to use at home and an aromatherapy pump ($88) and vials of oils ($25-30). “Aromatherapy promotes relaxation in patients,” Sr. Adele said. They would also like an alternating pump mattress and Roho cushions, both of which prevent skin breakdown. Contact Sr. Adele at (715) 623-2331, ext. 437.
We Care Meals Easter Dinner, Appleton
Each year, this group hosts both a Christmas and an Easter meal. Delivery to the homebound is included. Each meal serves 1,200. Donations have fallen and the Christmas meal was been in danger of cancellation in 2011 and 2012. Ed Rathsack, coordinator, took a personal loan to fund the 2012 meal. Funds did come through, but things could be tight for Easter. They could also use new electric warmers and a meat slicer. Call Rathsack at (920)731-7867.
The 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 marked its 25th anniversary in 2012. The center would like funding for their fifth summer of four-day high school youth visits. Students from all around the country get hands-on learning. The center would also like a water softener or money toward upgrading the buildings’ water filtration system, as well as sunflower seeds for birds. Call Diane or Molly at (920) 864-7230.
St. Vincent de Paul House of Hope, Green Bay
The house serves pregnant and/or single mothers, ages 18-24, and their children, both as a shelter and with parenting programs. Chris Varela said that they need non-drop side cribs because “as of Dec. 28, 2012, we are no longer able to use our cribs due to more rigorous safety standards.” They also need baby monitors, flash drives and gift cards to give to mothers for unexpected needs like new work shoes or child care needs. Call Varela at (920) 884-6740.
Marion House, Green Bay
Also known as Christian Group Home, this 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 mothers and children to events in one vehicle. They also need baby supplies like diapers of all sizes which are “a constant need especially in our daycare facility, said Pat VandeVoort. Call her at (920) 496-1478.
StreetLights Outreach, Green Bay
This nighttime outreach has provided a presence in at-risk neighborhoods for seven years. Tony Pichler said it “has evolved into a roll-up-the-sleeves, feet-on-the-street, neighborhood immersion ministry.” They offer food and beverages weekly and host six monthly block parties, attended by up to 350 low-income people, including children. Each party’s food costs range from $250 to $350. They would appreciate gift cards from Sam’s Club to purchase food. They would also like large portable coolers. Call Pichler at (920) 680-6127.
St. John the Evangelist Shelter, Green Bay
This downtown homeless shelter, open 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 Alexia Wood said they would like a front loading washer or dryer. “We’re looking to double our capacity of laundry by stacking them,” Wood said. Also, she said that the shelter is “always low on juice – any flavor” for breakfast. Call her at (920) 436-9344.
Elizabeth Ministry International, Kaukauna
Elizabeth Ministry 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 asks people to consider volunteering at the center in many capacities in the gift shop, for adoration at the chapel, housekeeping and as mentors. They would also like funding toward scholarships for RECLAiM Sexual Health, their online recovery program from pornography and other unhealthy sexual behaviors. A complete scholarship is $249. Contact Hannemann at (920) 766-9380.
Mount Tabor Center/SPIRITUS, Menasha
This is the only retreat center in the diocese focused directly on youth, especially grades three to 12. This year, they will give 140 retreats to 5,000 people. The evangelization team, SPIRITUS, consists of young adults giving nine months of service. They would like a second vehicle to send a second SPIRITUS team out to parishes and schools around the diocese. They could also use gas cards since they travel 25,000 miles a year. The center would like a new HP Laserjet color printer. Contact Eden Foord, director at (920) 722-8918.
Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, Oshkosh
Since 1974, 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 would like commercial grade cleaning appliances for the men’s and women’s shelters: washer and dryers, vacuum cleaners and carpet shampooer; as well as kitchen appliances for the dorms: coffee makers, toasters, a deep fryer and a griddle and two microwaves. Geniesse said, “My really big wish is for a whole commercial kitchen.” Call him at (920) 231-2378.
St. Francis Free Community Health Clinic, Oshkosh
Located at The Place 2B, this clinic provides medical, dental and chiropractic services. Director Joe Geniesse said they need over-the-counter pain relievers and cold medicines (non-narcotic and non-alcoholic), as well as unused medical and dental supplies. Contact him at (920) 231-2378.