mental / physical health » Stable housing and supportive services are critical
About half of people experiencing homelessness suffer from mental health issues. At any given point in time, 45 percent of homeless people report having had indicators of mental health problems during the past year. About 25 percent of the homeless population has serious mental illness, including chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
People experiencing homelessness also have a high rate of substance use. According a 1996 survey, 46 percent of homeless respondents reported having an alcohol use problem in the past year,
and 38 percent reported a problem with drug use in the past year. Mental and physical health problems are exacerbated by living on the streets and in shelters. Health conditions that require ongoing treatment — such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and mental illness — are difficult to treat when people are living in shelter or on the streets. Medication can require special steps, including refrigeration or special storage, that can be difficult to execute for people experiencing homelessness. Preventative care can also be difficult for this population to access due to its often prohibitive cost, so people experiencing homelessness may wait to seek medical care until a trip to the emergency room is necessary.
These mental and physical health conditions should be considered when designing effective, efficient strategies to end homelessness. Permanent supportive housing provides stable housing coupled with supportive services as needed – a cost-effective solution to homelessness for those with the most severe health, mental health, and substance use challenges.
Directors Corner »Making A Difference
As I reflect back at 2014 I am reminded that
“I Make A Difference”.
I have been the leader of an incredible staff
who have touched the lives of 98 different individuals
who called Frederick Place home for a
total of 4100 shelter nights.
As a part of the NATH Board and Community
Outreach and Fundraising Committee it was a
busy year filled with fundraising and speaking
engagements. These events helped cover the
$212,000 annual operating budget.
Here are some of the highlights
|January: Eagle River Soup for Shelter and speaking
at the Nativity Women’s Group
February: 3rd Anniversary Benefit
April: Expressions of Compassion and Lakeland
Area Soup for Shelter
May: Elvis & Patsy Cline Tribute Concert and a 3
day rummage sale & the summer raffle ticket
June: 3rd Annual Golf Scramble, Culver’s
Shares, Chain Skimmer Picnic, & Brat sales in Eagle
River & Minocqua, Parade in St Germain
July: Parade in Rhinelander, speaking to Upward
Bound students at Nicolet College, brat
sale in Rhinelander, summer raffle ticket sales at
Heritage Fest, Kentuck Days and Pig in the Pines
August: Summer raffle ticket sales at Ridikulus
Dae, Paul Bunyan Fest &Potato Fest, brat sales
in Antigo and Tomahawk, 3 day rummage sale
September: Closets to Cash & raffle sales at
October: Raffle winners drawn at Cranberry
Fest, bake sale at Farmer’s Market & speaking
engagements at Knight of Columbus & PEO
November: Soup for Shelter in Rhinelander
Other changes that occurred in 2014 saw
Frederick Place get a new roof and the remodeling
of the upstairs bathroom & laundry room.
These changes were made possible by a generous
donation given to NATH from St Mathias
Thrift Shop in Minocqua.
As I look to the future and what 2015 will
bring it will include many of the same fundraising
events. However we will add a new event
in October which will be a partnership with the
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and the Rhinelander
Chamber of Commerce. Watch in the
coming months for more details on this fun and
The NATH board will see changes due to the
passing of Barb Hilleque, and the moving of
John Larson and Pam Pedersen. We welcome
two new board members, Bob Wolf and Barb
My professional goals for 2015 include:
1) Increasing the number of speaking engagements
that I and board members present
2) Seeing the number of volunteers increase
including the number of youth involved
3) Continuing to make a difference
On behalf of the NATH Board of Directors,
Frederick Place Staff and myself I want to thank
you for your continued partnership and support. I am excited to see what 2015 will bring as I
watch this amazing organization filled with
wonderful people continue to grow.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
- NATH Executive Director