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2020 Dedicated to Service Award

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Faith in Action Program Director Ruth Hebbe Earns United Way Dedication to Service Award in 2020

– Faith in Action of Marathon County (FIAMC) Program Director Ruth Hebbe was recognized by United Way on February 12, 2021, for her dedication to service in 2020. 

“Ruth is a tireless advocate for our area senior residents, and 2020 was no exception,” said FIAMC Board President Eric Steinbach. “Facing an unprecedented year of challenges and restrictions due to COVID-19, Ruth’s eagerness to serve others showed resiliency, a spark for innovation, and a strong passion to continue providing services to those in need in Marathon County.”

United Way presents the Dedication to Service award to a program or executive director at a non-profit for demonstrating outstanding achievement and service to our community. Only one individual receives this award annually.

United Way of Marathon County extends their congratulations to Ruth and said, “This past year, more than ever, Ruth has worked to help bring agencies dedicated to serving seniors, together. She has a cooperative spirit and sees strength in partnerships.”

FIAMC provides area seniors with services such as wellness checks, grocery delivery, transportation for medical appointments, and friendships at no cost.

“I am truly humbled to receive this award,” concluded Hebbe. “All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our volunteers, donors, board members, partnering organizations, and beyond.”

View the full award recognition video of Ruth Hebbe presented by United Way here.

For more information on Faith in Action’s mission, services, and how to get involved, visit



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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.
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WSAW Faith in Action News Brief

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April 2, 2018

WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)– A free service for elderly residents of Marathon County is looking for volunteers. this is the link to view or

Faith in Action seeks people who have a genuine concern for older adults. “I call our volunteers “The Heartbeat of Faith in Action.” We cannot function without our faithful, caring volunteers,” explained Hebbe.

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, or ethnic background.

To talk about the different programs they offer and well as a need for volunteers Ruth Hebbe, Program Director of Faith in Action joined the Sunrise 7 team.

Services are provided by trained volunteers to assist seniors to improve their quality of life and remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible.

  • Services Faith in Action provides include:
  • Transportation to Medical Appointments
  • Transportation for Grocery Shopping
  • Food Delivery from The Neighbor’s Place = 2-bags/bi-weekly deliveries
  • Senior Home Safety Program = installation of falls prevention apparatus (display Grab Bars, Hand Rails, and Toilet Rails)

Faith in Action relies on the generous financial support from individuals, businesses, congregations and our foundations: Aspirus Health Foundation, B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and United Way.