About

Our Story

Faith in Action of Marathon County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services, at NO CHARGE, to Marathon County residents age 60 and over, regardless of income, religious belief, race, or ethnic background. Trained volunteers provide services from area congregations, the community, and organizations to help seniors improve their quality of life and remain independent in their homes as long as possible.

Services include Medical Transportation, Transportation for Grocery Shopping, Delivery from The Neighbors’ Place, and Friendly visiting. These services are not available elsewhere, FREE OF CHARGE, and are often the barrier that stands between remaining independent and safe in your own home environment rather than having to move to professional, institutionalized care.

Call our office for more information: (715) 848-8783.

Our History

Faith in Action began with a grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation in 2002 devoted solely to improving health and healthcare for all Americans, where the grant was funded for 3 years. At the end of the grant in 2005, the national offices were closed and Wisconsin Faith in Action stepped in to guide local programs throughout the state, including Faith in Action of Marathon County. Since then, funding has been secured on the local level.

Donations from individuals, local businesses, congregations, grants, and fundraising events have enabled Faith in Action of Marathon County, Inc to continue providing services to area seniors at NO CHARGE since that time.

Our Board of Directors

President: Eric Steinbach* 

Vice-President: Julie Kuehn*

Secretary: Laurie Sazama*

Treasurer: Amanda Gadke*

Attorney: Michael Stueland

Additional Board Members: Kimberly Drake, Debbie Gulan, and Ruth Hebbe-Program Director

Executive Team*

Our Staff

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Ruth Hebbe, MBA

Program Director/CEO

fiadirector.ruth@gmail.com
(715) 848-8783

Ruth joined Faith in Action (FIAMC) as Program Director in October of 2017.  Her passion is for serving people effectively.  She strives for operational excellence, systematizing workflow, maximizing efficiency; specializing in handling interpersonal communication and conflict resolution.

Ruth utilizes her thirty years of professional experience in Business Administration, Networking, Customer Service, and Volunteer involvement. These proficiencies are combined with a genuine desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people from all ethnic backgrounds.

Ruth works directly with the Board of Directors (all of whom are community volunteers) to ensure the continued growth, sustainability, and success of Faith in Action of Marathon County.

Jamie Carpenter

Senior Services Coordinator

wausaufiainfo@gmail.com
(715) 848-8783

Jamie joined our Faith in Action “family” in December 2018.  She has over 18 years of administrative experience.

Jamie is focused on excellent customer service, strong front office skills, and dedicated to assisting others as needed.

Marlee LeSage

Senior Services Coordinator 

Fia.SenSvc.2@gmail.com
(715) 848-8783

Marlee joined our Faith in Action “family” in January 2022. She provides administrative support and enjoys helping others in our community. 

Marlee will focus on our marketing and help Jamie with office duties. She excels in customer service and office skills as well as being dedicated to making a difference in others’ lives. 

 

Our Sponsors

Faith in Action of Marathon County wants to give a special thanks to our corporate sponsors for their contributions. Together we can help area seniors remain independent.

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United Way

United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities around the world. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, we impact millions of lives every year.

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B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation

The B.A and Esther Greenheck Foundation were established in 1998 by Bernie and Esther Greenheck. Their purpose is to provide financial support for meaningful projects in Central Wisconsin that enhance the area’s arts, education, health, economic, and social development resources.

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Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin seeks to provide people of all means an opportunity to make significant and lasting gifts to their community. They are dedicated to supporting our community and enhancing the quality of life in Marathon, Portage, and Waushara Counties by connecting donors to the causes they care about. “Philanthropy is our only business.”

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Bader Philanthropy Foundation

Bader Philanthropies, Inc. strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. Through the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund, the Bader Philanthropies makes grants, convenes partners, and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas. After 25 years and $250 million invested in addressing major social needs, Bader Philanthropies has created strong partnerships to lift individuals and their communities, in Milwaukee, across Wisconsin, and in places across the world.

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Connexus Cares

Connexus Cares has provided resources, time, and funds to nearly 150 local and national charities. They prioritize support and funding to organizations that provide basic humanitarian needs (like food, shelter, and crisis services) and those that work with at-risk youth, seniors, and veterans.

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Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust is a unique organization spanning banking, investments, and philanthropy. Each serves a specific purpose, and they all work together to deliver impact for the communities we serve. One hundred percent of our assets are put to work for our mission — and have been since 1944.

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