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To Everything, there is a Season… Thanksgiving 2020

On behalf of Faith in Action of Marathon County’s (FIAMC) Board of Directors and staff, we want to say Thank You for your generous contribution of time, talent,  and treasures.  Your kindness enables us to continue serving our area seniors to remain safely and independently in their homes, improving their quality of life and decreasing isolationism.

Because of you, thus far in 2020, we have provided 5,872 service opportunities, all FREE OF CHARGE. Our Care-Receivers are Marathon County residents 60 years old or older.  FIAMC’s services include transportation for medical appointments and/or grocery shopping, food delivery, friendly visiting/companionship, safety-wellness calls, personal care items, and the installation of safety features that make their homes safer and more easily accessible.

Did You Know: 60% of FIAMC’s seniors live below the Poverty Line?
Some are forced to decide between medical care, purchasing prescriptions, or buying food. Faith in Action of Marathon County serves seniors who would not be able to get by without the FREE services we provide.

These are truly uncharted times, and we’re learning right alongside each other, as we navigate necessary measures through this novel coronavirus named COVID–19. Faith in Action of Marathon County’s work is as important now as it ever was, with more area seniors needing our essential help!  Even in this time of uncertainty, our services provide necessary means that assist seniors during this pandemic.  As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to lead through the lens of our Mission Statement: “Faith in Action of Marathon County is a Non-Profit Organization connecting compassionate volunteers to seniors (60+). We offer NO-CHARGE services enabling seniors to have a gratifying home life.”

Please assist our seniors by providing your tax-deductible gift. This willmake “the world of difference” to their independence, happiness, and well-being.

With your generous donation, hundreds of area seniors in need can receive assistance with transportation for medical appointments, grocery trips, food security, personal care items, and/or installation of home safety products.

The value of your donation goes well beyond serving the basic needs of the seniors we assist. The joy of living independently and safely is priceless.

Please contribute today to a senior’s safer and happier life.


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15

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If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, call 911 or the local police or sheriff.
In general, adult/elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a
caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a
vulnerable elder or disabled adult. Physical abuse; neglect; self-neglect;
emotional or psychological abuse; financial abuse and exploitation;
sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of adult/elder
World Elder Abuse Awareness DayEvery year on June 15, 
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day(WEAAD) is commemorated in
America and around the world. Through WEAAD, we raise awareness
about the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect,
and financial exploitation. As many as 1 in 10 older Americans are
abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever
comes to the attention of authorities. Read more…
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Familiarize yourself with the Red Flags of Elder Abuse:
Neglect or Self-Neglect
• Lack of basic hygiene, adequate food, or clean and appropriate clothing • Lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, teeth, hearing aid, medications)
• Person with dementia left unsupervised
• Person confined to bed is left without care
• Home cluttered, filthy, in disrepair, or having fire and safety hazards
• Home without adequate facilities (stove, refrigerator, heat, cooling, working plumbing, and electricity)
• Untreated pressure “bed” sores (pressure ulcers)
Psychological/Emotional Abuse
• Unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, other
• Caregiver isolates elder or adult (doesn’t let anyone into the home or speak to the them)
• Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning, controlling, overly concerned about spending money, or uncaring
Financial Abuse/Exploitation
• Lack of amenities victim could afford
• Vulnerable elder/adult “voluntarily” giving uncharacteristically excessive financial reimbursement/ gifts for needed care and companionship
• Caregiver has control of elder’s or adult’s money but is failing to provide for their needs
• Vulnerable elder/adult has signed property transfers (Power of Attorney, new will, etc.) but is unable to comprehend the transaction or what it
Physical/Sexual Abuse
• Inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns
• Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
Adult/Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes,
or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio-economic groups,
cultures, and races. Based on available information, women and “older”
elders are more likely to be victimized. Dementia is a significant risk
factor. Mental health and substance abuse issues – of both abusers and
victims – are risk factors. Isolation can also contribute to risk.
Report your concerns. Most cases of elder abuse go undetected.
Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation.
The agency receiving the report will ask what you observed, who was
involved, and who they can contact to learn more. You do not need to
prove that abuse is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate
the suspicions.

Support Faith in Action Marathon County with Your Music Survey on 89Q

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Hi Everyone,

This week, your survey supports Faith in Action of Marathon County (not associated with the national organization). They work to help residents age 60 and over remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible. Their staff matches Marathon County seniors with volunteers who provide simple services that are non-medical and non-professional.  For each completed survey, we’ll donate $1 to Faith in Action of Marathon County, so please take the survey and then consider passing on this email to a friend.

The deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, April 14th at 11:59 pm.  Thank you for helping play the best songs on 89Q and for making a difference in north central Wisconsin. Click here to take the survey.Survey link if above Hyperlink does not work: http://89q.songscore.com/survey_main.php

Also, last week I recorded a week’s worth of “Hope & Encouragement” verses that are playing this week on 89Q.  

Thanks, again!
With Kind Regards,


Ruth Hebbe, MBA

Program Director

Monthly Newsletter

Thanksgiving 2018

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There are many reasons to be thankful, and one of those reasons is YOU!
On behalf of Faith in Action’s Board of Directors and staff, Thank You for your generous contribution of time, talent, and treasures to enable our seniors to remain safely and independently in their homes and improve their quality of life.

Because of the good flowing from each and every one of you, thus far in 2018, we have been able to provide 260 individuals with transportation, food delivery, and safety features to make their homes safer and more easily accessible.

New Volunteer Coordinator starting next month!
Please welcome our newly appointed Volunteer Coordinator, Jamie Carpenter. Jamie will join our Faith in Action team on December 6.  She brings a wealth of experience in Customer Service.  She is focused on providing excellent service, strong front office skills, and dedicated to assisting others as needed.

Faith in Action’s 6th Annual Gift of Hope Holiday Care Drive is December 1st.
Please join us in providing area seniors in need, many of whom are homebound, with hand-delivered care packages containing food and personal care items to brighten their holidays. If you would be interested in participating as a volunteer or providing needed items, please contact Faith in Action’s office at 715.848.8783 or wausaufiainfo@gmail.com

We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Season,
Ruth Hebbe, Program Director

P. S. It is our hope that you will remember Faith in Action in your year-end giving and take advantage of the tax benefits of donating directly from your IRA.
Also, please consider Faith in Action in your end-of-life planning.

News & Events

Welcome Spring

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From the Director’s Desk:

Phew… think it is safe to say, “spring has sprung”! How beautiful to experience the return of the Robins and their pleasant “Love Song of Spring”. I enjoy watching the changes of nature; as it peels away the heavy garments of winter with the entrance of refreshing, tiny buds that will soon burst forth to reveal lush new growth.

One cannot mistake how exciting the new advancement and changes that have been popping up at Faith in Action. We have been blessed with wonderful moments of meeting and training those of you who are willing and able to learn our new computer scheduling program called, “Ride Scheduler”. It was developed with senior volunteers in mind and is very easy and user-friendly. The volunteers who have begun to use the program have been amazed of how much more convenient it is. They can stay on-top-of their schedule and enjoy the independence the 24/7 cloud-based program allows. No more phone tag and messages – just instant access.

There are many senior neighbors who cannot drive to medical appointments or grocery shopping. Some are living under the poverty line and cannot afford basic food. Thankfully, you, our FIA volunteers are delivering those provisions through donations from The Neighbor’s Place. Other seniors are in need of prevention measures to help protect them from serious falls. To reach more Marathon County seniors, FIA needs to expand our provisional area to accommodate a growing number of requests for our services. Please seek out other persons you know who would be good at volunteering.

Together, we will accomplish great and mighty new horizons. May we s-t-r-e-t-c-h our reach for the seemingly impossible and be pleasantly surprised how our mutual cooperative effort can burst forth into new growth!

All of our volunteers serve an integral part of the compassionate integrity needed for providing services to our our seniors in this community.

These distinctive, NO CHARGE, but desperately needed services

which are provided strictly through Faith in Action,

continue to be unprecedented!

“Connecting neighbors in need with people who care!”

I look forward to meeting with each of you as we spring ahead together,

With Warm Regards,

Ruth Hebbe
Program Director
Faith in Action of Marathon County

630 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
direct ph#: 715.848.8783
email: fiadirector.ruth@gmail.com
web: http://www.faithinactionmc.org