FAITH IN ACTION OF MARATHON COUNTY INC

"Assisting Seniors to stay safely and independently in their homes"

aka Faith in Action of Marathon County, INC   |   Wausau, WI   |  www.faithinactionmarathoncounty.org

Mission

"Faith in Action of Marathon County is a Non-Profit Organization connecting compassionate volunteers with senior neighbors (60+) by building strong relationships based on empathy; offering quality services at NO COST, for seniors to live in their homes, as long as feasibly possible. All services are provided regardless of income, religious belief, or ethnic background." Our staff matches Marathon County seniors with volunteers who provide simple services that are non-medical and non-professional. Services provided by volunteers include transportation for medical appointments and/or grocery shopping, friendly visits, deliver groceries from a local food pantry and the Senior Home Safety Program. All services are provided FREE OF CHARGE to our Care-Receivers.

Ruling year info

2005

Program Director

Ruth Hebbe

Main address

630 Adams St

Wausau, WI 54403 USA

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EIN

20-3244315

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The primary objective of the Faith in Action Support for Seniors Project, is to continue providing services while increasing the number of seniors who are able to maintain their independence and safely stay in their own homes. We currently have 100 trained volunteers providing services to 200 care-receivers. The senior population of Marathon County is growing at a rate greater than that of the State of Wisconsin as a whole. This age group needs assistance in order to remain in their homes = 21.6% live alone with little or no family to provide help. It is estimated, by 2030, more than 21% of Wisconsin's population will be 65 or older; the need for our services continues to grow. In our 2017 Care-Receiver Surveys, 94% of program participants reported that services provided by Faith in Action of Marathon County enabled them to remain safe while living independently in their homes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Support for Seniors

Faith in Action provides supportive services to residents of Marathon County ages 60 and over. All services are provided by trained volunteers are FREE OF CHARGE to our Care-Recipients.
Services include:
- Transportation for medical appointments
- Transportation for grocery shopping
- Friendly visiting and companionship to prevent Isolationism in our seniors.
- Food delivery from area pantries

Population(s) Served

The Faith in Action Senior Home Safety Program helps seniors live more safely in their homes. We assist Marathon County homeowners age 60 and over by installing grab bars and/or hand railings to reduce falls within the home. We work closely with trained and skilled volunteers to make home safety related modifications at no cost to the homeowner. Since accidental falls are the leading cause of injury and death in people over 65, we help our senior neighbors remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Our ultimate purpose and goal is to provide our Care-Receivers with program benefits that help provide a safer, healthier, more
enjoyable outlook with a better quality of life.
Marathon County residents aged 60 and older are eligible for services provided by Faith in Action
volunteers. While there are other agencies that provide similar services in our area, there are no other
agencies that provide these services at NO COST to the recipient. We assist those individuals that do not
qualify for other services or would not be able to afford the services that enable them to remain in their
homes. Often, seniors are choosing between paying for necessities and receiving medical treatment. The cost
of transportation prohibits them from getting the medical attention or groceries that they need. Many do not
have family or friends living in the area, and do not have anywhere else to turn for help.

Faith in Action is meeting a tremendous need in the county by recruiting and training volunteers to assist
senior Marathon County residents in order to help them remain in their homes and avoid institutionalized
living. By increasing our focus on this vulnerable population, we continue to provide ALL our services FREE
to each FIA Care-Receiver.
Our Senior Home Safety Program is a forerunner in this community with providing ALL Falls Prevention
Apparatus and installation services at NO CHARGE. Faith in Action must procure grants and donations to
continue providing opportunities for all Marathon County senior residents to receive all our services,
including safety measures in preventing falls that can incur debilitating results.
There are other programs in the area that provide similar services, but Faith in Action of Marathon
County is the ONLY program that provides these services at NO COST to the recipient.

Services provided:
• Transportation for medical appointments
• Transportation for grocery shopping
• Grocery deliveries from The Neighbors Place to FIA's home-bound
• Friendly visiting
• Senior Home Safety Program
Senior Home Safety Program provides and installs safety apparatus. Accidental falls are one of the
leading causes of injury and death in seniors over 65 worldwide. Many of our care-recipients need Grab Bars,
Hand Railings, Toilet Risers and/or Step-Modifications.
There is a large increase in seniors requesting our services. FIA's goal for 2018 is to provide continued
programming to a larger client base (i.e. the poor, rural Marathon County communities) while placing more
emphasis on maintaining, training and recruiting volunteers to keep up with the demand for services.
Without the FREE/NO COST, unprecedented services from Faith in Action of Marathon County, many area
seniors (i.e. poor or low income) would be forced to consider institutional care.

Care-Receivers are referred to Faith in Action by area hospital social workers, church members, the Aging
and Disability Resource Center, Aspirus Life-Line, through various community publications, and personal
referrals. Once a referral is made, our Volunteer Coordinator schedules a home visit with the Care-Receiver to
determine necessary services (i.e. possible Senior Home Safety Program apparatus) needed and to match the
Care-Receiver with volunteers to provide the requested services.
Without services from Faith in Action, many area senior neighbors would not be able to live independently
in their home. Accordingly to a recent ALICE report by the United Way, 58% of Marathon County seniors are living
below the ALICE threshold and would not be able to get by without free services such as those provided by
Faith in Action.
Faith in Action of Marathon County strives to provide well-trained services
while controlling expenses by utilizing volunteer-driven expertise.

Financials

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Operations

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FAITH IN ACTION OF MARATHON COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Vicki Bender


Board co-chair

Eric Steinbach

Vicki Bender

Retired Registered Nurse

Cheryl Kelly

Retired Banker

Brandon O'Connor

Attorney: Ruffi Law Firm

Pam Pisca

Retired Medical Transcriptionist

Dwala Smail

Retired Educator

Eric Steinbach

Greenheck Fan Corp: Mgr – Asia, Dir of Intrn’l Bus Dev

Julie Kuehn

Retired Business Owner

Eileen Presley

Retired from: North Central Technical College Biomedical Sciences Dept

Chris Frost

Collegis Education / Rasmussen College

Richelle Fleming

Liberty Mutual Customer Service Representative

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No