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March 2, 2001 Issue
2001 Lenten Wish List

Calling all donors during Lent

Time of conversion perfect to reach out to others

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

During Lent, we invite interested people to contact any of the community groups listed below and make a donation to help them meet the needs of the persons they serve.

2001 Lenten Wish List

Salvatorian Mission Warehouse

For nearly 40 years, Br. Regis Fust, SDS, and his hundreds of volunteers have been shipping tons of aid to missionaries around the globe. While most items are donated by companies across the country, shipping costs run into the thousands of dollars. A container that arrived in El Salvador on Feb. 26, with 225,220 pounds of food and health supplies, cost $4,000 to ship.

In February alone, the Mission Warehouse sent supplies to Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, Panama and Paraguay. In the aftermath of earthquakes in El Salvador, the Mission Warehouse has been sending weekly shipments.

Most of the supplies are food and medicine, but Br. Regis says it depends on needs. One shipment to El Salvador contained sweatshirts. "When somebody has no home to live in," says Br. Regis, "that's nice, warm nighttime cover."

When asked what the Mission Warehouse most needs, Br. Regis succintly answers: "Money."

There is no government aid for shipping costs. Sometimes supplies shipped through New Holstein are the only supplies missionaries receive. Br. Regis just received a photograph from a Guatemalan missionary of a couple - both HIV positive - holding a case of Similac for their baby, standing by two more cases of Ensure for themselves. "It won't save their lives," Br. Regis says of the couple, "but it'll keep them going until that baby is a bit older and stronger."

Call Br. Regis at (920)898-5898 or mail donations to Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, New Holstein, 53601. Fax: (920)898-4736

AVAIL, Antigo

AVAIL (Advocates for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse in Langlade County), Inc. offers free services and shelter to victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Services include counseling, support groups, emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis line for women and children. They provide direct services to 1,000 adults and 100 children a year, as well as additional education activities. Many of their clients are women and children fleeing abusive situations who need immediate safety. The shelter needs to purchase an alarm system which would link the shelter directly to local law enforcement, but the system costs thousands of dollars. For information, call Carrie Kubacki at at (715)623-5177.

Horizon Adult Day Care, Antigo

This day care facility provides activities and companionship in a safe, structured environment designed for seniors in the Langlade County area. "We serve adults with memory loss, learning disablities and those who have physical limitations," said director Jenny Renfro. The center needs a lift chair so participants can move around with more independence. They would also appreciate a sewing machine, since some of the seniors like to do handcrafts. Call Jenny Renfro at (715)627-0657.

Pioneer Village, Appleton

Want to help veterans? Pioneer Haven provides assisted living and vocational rehabilitation for veterans of all ages. They have 24 residents. Their big wish is a Christmas tree with decorations. They would also like weight sets, a dart board, a foosball table and board games for recreation. They also need microwave-safe dishes, resealable plastic containers, socks and t-shirts. Call Mark Giacomin at (920)734-3609.

Villa Phoenix, Appleton

This transitional living facility provides a home for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities or chemical dependency. Up to 17 residents can live there at a time. Villa Phoenix also provides support services, information and referral for others. An average of 40 people find temporary shelter here each year while they learn to return to independent living. Director Steve Hinton says that they need a new computer to help them with record-keeping and a variety of reports, including monthly progress reports on residents. Call him at (920)731-1316.

Bridge-Between, Denmark

This rural retreat ministry of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters serves 4,900 people each year, an increase of nearly 50% in less than two years. People of all religious faiths are welcome to study, pray and share meals at this converted farm. The retreat center helps fund its services through an organic farm and the sale of homemade goods such as jams and bread. They need new carpeting for the chapel where guests gather for twice-daily prayer. Also they need a copy machine for brochures and newsletters. Currently, they travel 40 miles to get copies made. They also need a replacement lawn mower/snowblower to keep the long farm driveway and yards clear. Call Diane Eparvier at (920)864-7230.

Fox Valley Jail Ministries

This ecumenical effort provides religious ministry and counseling to over 500 jail inmates and jail staff each year. Those imprisoned in local jails are often the most forgotten of prisoners serving in temporary facilities with few resources. Many are young, first-time offenders, who may be held in the jail for up to a year. Chaplain Fred Sowatzka said they need a portable CD player for their music ministry. Call Sowatzka at (920)832-4747.

House of Hope, Green Bay

This cooperative project of the Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Green Bay provides housing for pregnant teens and single mothers, ages 18-21, and their babies. They can live at the House of Hope for as long as they need. While there, staff teaches young women the basic social skills needed to live independently as a single parent.

They need a new electric stove and washer and dryer to replace current aged and unreliable appliances. They do a lot of cooking and laundry with their current nine residents. To help, contact Monica Zindler, director, at (920)884-0233.

Wellspring, Green Bay

This "ministry of presence" to women is a cooperative effort by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross at Bay Settlement, the Salvation Army and the Fort Howard/Jefferson Neighborhood Family Resource Center. This house of hospitality and spirituality located in downtown Green Bay offers support to about 140 women a month. These women are lonely, of various faiths and ethnic backgrounds "who lack spiritual, financial or strong support services," said Sr. Fran Bangert. They need a small CD/tape player stereo. They'd also like to replace their "old unpredictable microwave" and upright vacuum with attachments. Also they could use donations for bus tokens, craft supplies and paper products. Call Sr. Bangert at (920)497-8734.

Elizabeth Ministries

Elizabeth Ministries, started at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton to help new parents, has spread worldwide with an array of information, activities and support networks. Local parish chapters provide volunteer mentors and resources to women and families during the joys, challenges and sorrows of bringing new life into the world," says founder Jeannie Hannemann. She says they want to develop a website and need someone to help them with it. They also need financial backing to fund free distribution of booklets, such as the recent "Mourning a Miscarriage" for women. Monetary donations may be sent to Catholic Social Services - Elizabeth Ministries Fund, P.O. Box 1506, Green Bay, WI 54305. To help with the website or for more information, call Jeannie Hannemann at (920)766-9380.

Holiday House, Manitowoc

Help others learn to help themselves. For over 40 years, Holiday House has provided employment and housing for persons with disabilities through work services, community employment services and residential services. They work with 224 individuals. Thomas Keil says the program could use two 25-inch televisions with VCRs and wall mounts to provide educational programs and training tapes for the clients and staff. Call Keil at (920)682-4663.

Clothes Closet, Menasha

Community Clothes Closet provides clothing and household items to needy families in the Fox Valley. "We are really a local 'mission', providing a service to poor families," said executive director Jennifer Wanke. "We help thousands of people each month."

Needy families, many of whom work at low-income jobs, are referred by service agencies. These include local clergy and domestic abuse shelters. Since its founding in 1980, the Clothes Closet has distributed over 2 million items. Wanke said they always need clothing for infants and toddlers, as well as blankets, bedding and towels. Most of all, though, they need donations of cash, which is their only source of income.

"Without financial support," Wanke said, "we would be unable to continue our vital programs." Contact her at (920)731-7834.

Mount Tabor, Menasha

Mt. Tabor offers retreats to everyone, but their focus is youth. Over 2,000 young people have had retreats here. The majority of retreats focus on confirmation candidates.

Mount Tabor is conducting an "adopt a bedroom" program to update their 32 bedrooms. They need new rugs, curtains, mattresses, towels, bedding and paint. "To have all our rooms updated and comfortable is at the top of our list," says director Sr. Mary Jo Kirt. "People can be very impressionable, especially our youth. We don't want them to have a great retreat, but leave talking about the gloomy rooms." Groups or individuals wanting to adopt one or more rooms should call Theresa Collier at (920)722-8918.

St. Anthony Community Center, Neopit

The community center at St. Anthony's is a joint venture of the parish and the Menominee Tribe. It serves as a site for religious education programs to 60 students, for wedding and funeral dinners and for parish wake services. The center is paid for, but funds ran out before a parking lot could be black-topped. Sr. Stephanie Spence, pastoral associate, is worried about spring. "It'll be mud, mud, mud, since it's located at the bottom of the hill." The parish, located in the northwest corner of the Menominee reservation, has 300 members, most of whom are Native American. Sr. Spence says the parish is located in the more economically depressed area of the reservation. To make donations to the blacktop fund, call Sr. Spence at (715)756-2361.

Oshkosh Prison Chaplain

Sr. Susan Clark, SSND, is a chaplain at Oshkosh's medium security correctional institution, serving about 1,900 men. She provides a variety of spiritual programs and materials for religious groups in the prison, including Bible study. Sr. Clark requests cassette players with headphones (not recorders) and "value-based, Christian oriented videos" and Christian music tapes. She would also like to have large print Bibles and concordances and recent, updated Catholic reading materials.

"We try to provide the men with whatever means may be helpful to them in transforming their lives," Sr. Clark said. "The old saying, 'We are what we eat' is the focus. So we focus on improving the quality of what is taken in (eaten) to feed the greater potential within." Call her at (920)231-4010, ext. 2171.

Fr. Carr's Place 2B, Oshkosh

For nearly 27 years, Fr. Marty Carr has woven a web of services for the less fortunate of Oshkosh. The threads of that web include a soup kitchen, food pantry, domestic violence shelter, and a Christian coffee house.

Now he is building the 82-room Bethlehem Inn for anyone in need. He hopes to find 82 groups or churches to each paint and furnish a room. That includes carpet, bedding, lamps and bookcase.

Fr. Carr would also like live-in volunteers at the inn, as well as "people praying for us."

Besides Bethlehem Inn, Fr. Carr runs the Place 2B, a youth drop-in center and gym, and St. Francis Free Walk-In Clinic for the uninsured and underinsured. Call Fr. Carr at (920)231-2378.

Labor of Love, Oshkosh

This maternity home for women in crisis pregnancies opened five years ago. They have room for four residents at a time, about 10 per year. Additionally, they serve about 100 women on an out-patient basis. Director Burdean Schultz says that, because they have only one staff person in the house at a time, they could use a cordless phone with a built-in answering machine. The donated phone they have now doesn't have much range or volume. "If we had a newer cordless phone," said Schultz, "we would not miss or have to return so many calls."s

They would also enjoy canned fruit. "We received lots of vegetables for Christmas, but no fruit," Schultz said. "The residents (young pregnant women) love it!"

Call Schultz at (920)231-6006.

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