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8 December 9, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES www.upcatholic.org APPRECIATION ISSUE January 20, 2017 If your organization, parish or business would like to place an advertisement of support for one of our women religious or seminarians in formation, please contact Deacon Steve for pricing. 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com FORMATION 2900 Third Ave. South Escanaba, MI 49829 (906) 786-5810 Happy Birthday Bishop Garland from all of us at the Bishop Noa Home. God bless you on this special day and always! COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Growing to serve you in 5 locations! MANISTIQUE, MI 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Food for Le$$ 200 Deer Street MARINETTE, WI 1507 Cleveland Ave. 2301 Roosevelt Rd. MENOMINEE, MI M & M Plaza BY VICTORIA LAFAVE THE U.P. CATHOLIC For many years, Kris Wiethoff has been help- ing and inspiring many people who struggle with addiction in the Upper Peninsula. I have a heart for addiction, Wiethoff said. I try to offer inspiration and hope for people who struggle with addiction, but its not about me. This work is Gods work. It is a spiritual battle for good people who struggle with this condi- tion. Its the spiritual work that my clients do to treat their own disease, and I just help facilitate that, and provide them hope. For her expertise and distin- guished service in the treatment of substance use disorders since 2008, Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula (CSS) awarded Wiethoff the Snowshoe Priest Award on Oct. 26, 2016. Kris Wiethoffs expertise and dedicated service provide a beacon of light to so many who have lost so much to substance abuse in her Upper Peninsula community, Kyle Ram- bo, CSS executive director, said. Her service as a treatment counselor reflects great credit upon herself and Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula. Wiethoffs career in addiction treatment be- gan shortly after her graduation from Northern Michigan University and Michigan State Uni- versity. Though she started out in the field of speech pathology, lifes circumstances brought her to the field of addiction counseling, which is her specialty. She began her career at the Delta-Menominee District Health Department in 1979 where she worked as a substance abuse counselor. Following her work with the Delta-Menomi- nee Health Department, she worked for Path- ways in Escanaba, later serving as an addiction counselor for Marquette General Health System from 1993 to 2008. She received a commenda- tion from Marquette General Hospital in 1995. It stated that Wiethoff has deep concern for the welfare of substance abuse clients. CSS brought Wiethoff on board in 2008. Rambo said of her service, During the past eight years with CSSUP, Wiethoffs reputation has grown as one of the most respected coun- selors for substance use disorders in the entire Upper Peninsula. Wiethoff said she is thankful to be working in a field that not only allows her to utilize her ex- pertise, but also gives people spiritual guidance. Im grateful to be working for Catholic Social Services. It allows me to incorporate my faith along with my clinical experience. In addition to her work with CSS, Wiethoff has also volunteered many hours to the Del- ta County Court System where she primarily works with the 94th Judicial District Court. This court under Judge Stephen Parks serves as The Sobriety Court for Delta County. The Sobriety Court uses a community team ap- proach to help treat offenders for their addic- tion behaviors. According to Rambo, substance abuse treat- ment providers, in concert with the court, the prosecutor and law enforcement, attempt to break the chains of addiction and reduce gener- ational addiction problems in the community. Wiethoffs message to those struggling with addiction is that there is hope for recovery. I have learned so much from the people that Ive worked with, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve people who have ad- diction, she said. Ive worked for many years in the field, and find that so many people lose hope, but there is hope for people who struggle with substance abuse. I am grateful to walk with them along the path of their healing journey. Catholic Social Services of the Upper Pen- insula is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, and has offices in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Marquette and Gwinn. Kris Wiethoff works in tandem with the other professionals with Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula. Though all of Wiethoff's clients are people who are afflicted with substance abuse or addiction, CSS also pro- vides many other counseling services, such as marriage counseling, individual thera- py, family counseling, grief counseling, and support group counseling. CSS also offers family services such as adoption and foster care services. For more information on CSS's substance abuse counseling services, call (906) 786-7212, Extension 206. If you would like to assist in the mission of CSS, consider making a donation by using the envelope inserted in this issue of The U.P. Catholic Newspaper. Catholic Social Services honors Kris Wiethofffor her service Kris Wiethoff

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