She Never Imagined Needing The Neighbors’ Place
In this episode you’ll hear a young woman’s story — a woman who never imagined needing a place like The Neighbors’ Place.
Annie moved to the United States 5 years ago from Costa Rica where she worked as a paralegal. Unfortunately, a few years ago Annie experienced some hardships and found The Neighbors’ Place upon a recommendation of a friend. She never thought she’d need help for the most basic things in life, but Annie explains in her interview how grateful she is for The Neighbors’ Place. Kathy furnished Annie’s apartment with chairs, a bed, and basic kitchen items. Fernando helped Annie with the language barrier and helped her receive food. The Community Learning Center helped Annie apply for jobs and understand the varying laws of our government.
Annie’s message to everyone is, “Don’t take more than you need and be happy with what you already have.”
Getting To Know Tom, Part 2
Podcast Summary: Tom talks about the culture at The Neighbors’ Place, where every question is welcome, and if we can’t help we’re sure to refer you to another community organization that can. Tom explains how Wausau has such a variety of nonprofit organizations that work together to help people — The United Way’s 211, The Salvation Army, Randlin Homes, and Catholic Charities’ Warming House to just name a few. Tom says, “We’re not going to be everything to everyone but we’re a starting place.” Tom goes on to explain how The Neighbors’ Place isn’t affiliated to any government or private organization, so The Neighbors’ Place is flexible in what it’s able to do.
Getting To Know Tom, Part 1
Podcast Summary: Tom Rau, Executive Director of The Neighbors’ Place since 2001, calls himself a child of the 60s. Tom was born in Chilton, WI and grew-up as a central Wisconsinite in Marshfield, WI. After meeting his wife, Marcy, at college in Illinois the couple moved back to central Wisconsin where they built their home and family. Tom has always been passionate about nonprofits, working for the Wausau Community Theater and a local church. But, how Tom became the Executive Director of The Neighbors’ Place is an interesting story…