A Community Hopeline Launches in Marshfield

Marshfield Community Hopeline is Available

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Many people in Central Wisconsin who are facing the realities of the COVID-19 crisis are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn. Whether it’s losing a job, facing the prospect of becoming sick with the virus, or simply being separated from their community in social isolation, the Marshfield Community Hopeline has been created in short order to help the worried, lonely, and discouraged find hope.

The Marshfield Community Hopeline is led by a diverse consortium of clergy and
community leaders and offers a volunteer-staffed “Hopeline” made up of community
members who are prepared to listen, offer support, and most importantly, provide hope
for those who need it.

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The Bible says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are
crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). It also says, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew
their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they
will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

With these things in mind, on top of being a warm listening service, the Marshfield
Community Hopeline is equipped to point people to available local services such as
formal counseling, meal options, health care, and other resources.

The “Hopeline” is answering calls beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Hours will be
M-F from 9 a.m. – noon and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. These hours are subject to change based on demand.

“Yes, there are limitations that we must abide by as we are not trained counselors,
medical professionals, etc.” said Pastor Beth Zarnke of North Ridge Church. “We are
followers of Jesus, who desire to be His hands and feet during this time of social
distancing and unprecedented times. Our goal is to provide a confidential, loving ear to
our callers, offer encouragement, discern their needs, be able to pray and when
needed, provide local resources. While many of our volunteers will come from a variety
of church backgrounds and experiences, we are standing united representing Jesus
Christ, rather than our own church or denomination, through the Marshfield Community
Hopeline.”

A webpage, www.mchopeline.org has also been developed as an additional resource
for help.

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