The Neighbors’ Place Opens Its Doors
July 14, 1987
Ed Schwanke, director of the Greater Wausau Christian Services, invited eight downtown churches to send a representative to a meeting regarding the possibility of creating drop-in center for individuals who had been released from jail or lived in the area to go for coffee, community, and informal counseling. There were also several group homes in the area that would possibly bring in some clients who needed some socialization or a place to go during the day. They rented building space on Wausau’s east side, at 738 Washington Street, and called it “The Neighbors’ Place,” to invoke a warm welcome for all. They opened the building (on a completely volunteer basis) on July 15, 1987.
TNP Early Activities
February 28, 1989
The Neighbors’ Place created a monthly activities calendar to share with those seeking services. Early activities included kids crafts, checkers, cards, and a birthday club!
TNP Publishes 1st Newsletter
April 2, 1989
You can read The Neighbors’ Place news from April 1989
The Neighbors’ Place Gains 501(c)(3) Status
May 3, 1989
In May 1989, The Neighbors’ Place became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization!
The Neighbors’ Place relocates to 745 Scott Street
August 31, 1992
By 1992, with the additions of a food pantry, donations program and English classes, the organization had outgrown its small quarters on Washington Street. TNP was relocated to a building, owned by Kraft Foods, at 745 Scott Street. Kraft generously let The Neighbors’ Place use a 4,000 square-foot office area within the 14,000 square-foot building for free. In 1998, TNP took out a mortgage and purchased the building. Kraft discontinued its use of the building in 2000 and Industrial Recyclers of Wisconsin rented the 10,000 square-foot storage area from The Neighbors’ Place. Then, in 2005, Wausau Cabinet & Design took over the lease. As programs expanded, The Neighbors’ Place began to occupy the full building. A generously funded Capital Campaign in 2008 afforded the organization the funds to pay off the mortgage.
TNP Hosts 1st Annual Empty Bowls
October 17, 2008
In 2008, The Neighbors’ Place began hosting Empty Bowls to support the fight against hunger, one bowl at a time, in Marathon County. Since then it has raised more than $100,000 to fight hunger in the community.