Contact: Rebecca Normington, 715-221-9726,
Marshfield – The Hannah Center of Marshfield will receive $1,000 from Security Health Plan’s Monthly Employee-Driven Corporate Giving campaign, funding dedicated to organizations such as the Hannah Center that make a healthy difference in their communities.
Founded in 1993 as a home for pregnant women who could no longer stay in their homes, the Hannah Center now opens its doors to any women (and their children) who are in a time of crisis. The Hannah Center provides residents with a temporary home and the opportunity to learn the life skills needed to make a positive change.
“There are so many hurting people in our world right now, and the Hannah Center is a place that can help bring change and healing,” said Diana Ugoretz, senior Marshfield Clinic payroll assistant. “That healing comes through personal growth at a home dedicated to supporting women and their children during times of crisis.”
“During my four years of involvement in the Hannah Center, I have seen young mothers barely out of high school make the leap into the maturity of caring for a child; a woman who had never been told she was good, gain confidence in herself and begin to trust other people; and other women who learned the simple life skills we take for granted,” Ugoretz said.
The donation will support the not-for-profit Center’s mission, supplying for the everyday living expenses of the up to four families housed in the Hannah Center. Program Coordinator Tricia Fancher said, “The residents meet with me when they first arrive and together we make a plan to help them reach their individual goals. Beyond living expenses, donations help provide the resources needed for residents to meet these goals, such as finding and keeping a steady job and learning good parenting techniques.”
Residents’ goals aim towards the long-term outcome of independent living. To reach this outcome, Fancher helps connect residents with community resources, including life skills classes taught by Hannah Center volunteers and opportunities for formal education. The women contribute to caring for the home as they learn; they are selected for residency based on their readiness and desire to follow the Hannah Center’s program, as well as for the fit between their needs and the Center’s resources. A resident advocate remains at the home at all times with residents, offering emotional support, resources and compassion. Residents generally remain in the home for six months to a year while they work towards genuine change.
“Every part of the home is dedicated to stopping the cycle of hurt for the next generation,” Ugoretz said. Even the basement is dedicated to space for the Center’s clearinghouse, which accepts and distributes donations of children’s clothing, diapers and baby formula (among other items) to the wider community. The spirit of the home is one of communal caring and service.
Every month Security Health Plan donates $1,000 as part of its Employee-Driven Corporate Giving campaign. Marshfield Clinic Health System employees are encouraged to nominate an organization that is making a positive difference in the community.
Help the Hannah Center by attending its annual Giving for Life Banquet, donating needed items such as diapers and baby formula, or contacting Tricia Fancher to volunteer (715-387-6300).