Playing it Safe on the Virtual Playground

Hudson Community Foundation Community Forum:
Playing It safe on the Virtual Playground
On October 25 Hudson Middle School students and their parents can hear Alison Feigh, program director at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, talk about how to play it safe online and in cyber space.
The daylong program, sponsored by the Hudson Community Foundation and the Hudson Middle School, will include a presentation by Feigh to all middle school students during the day and an evening presentation by her to parents and their students and the public.
Feigh’s presentation to the students is entitled “Protecting Your Online Footprint.” She will talk about making healthy choices online and about the dangers found there. The idea is to alert them to risky behaviors including sexting and cyberbullying and warning flags they should be aware of.
Feigh says, “This training is designed to empower adolescents and give them tools to make healthy decision as they gain independence.”
The evening session which is free and open to the public is entitled
“Navigating the Virtual Playground:
Healthy Choices and Worrisome Pitfalls for Today’s Youth.”
The program is not just for parents but also grandparents and caregivers.
Feigh encourages parents to bring their students with them to get the message together

HCF Caring Connections

Hudson Community Foundation – Caring Connections (#HCFCaringConnections)

HCF Caring Connections

The Hudson Community Foundation wants to help the amazing people in the Hudson community and our local businesses!

We are looking for nominations of people in Hudson to receive $25 in Hudson Chamber dollars to put back in the community.

This is a small gift of appreciation for our everyday heroes or a simple “we’re thinking about you” during these challenging times. This #HCFCaring Connections has the added bonus of supporting our local businesses. Maybe it’s a favorite grocery worker, a friend who is laid off or furloughed, a neighbor who is struggling mentally or physically.

Please nominate a community member who could use dinner, treats, or a gift from one of our local stores.

Help the Hudson Community Foundation build Caring Connections.

Submit your nomination:

HCF Caring Connections

Project SPARK- Igniting Change in the Hudson Community



What could you do with $10,000 to improve our community?
The Hudson Community Foundation wants to hear your ideas!

HCF will accept proposals from any individual, group or organization looking to impact the Hudson area. Your great idea will be reviewed by HCF board members who will select three finalists and present them to the Hudson community for final selection of the winning Project SPARK idea! Here’s how you apply:

Create a document to describe your project by answering the questions below. Limit your proposal to three 8.5×11 pages and include a separate page for your budget.

  1. Who are you? Provide information about yourself and/or the group or organization making the proposal.
  2. What’s your SPARK idea? Describe your project and why it is a good idea for the community. Let us know the situation, opportunity or issue your idea will address in Hudson.
  3. Can you make it spark? Let us know how you plan to bring your idea to life by answering things like how many participants will be involved in the project? How long will the project take to complete? After the project is complete, let us know what your plan is to keep the project up and running.
  4. What does it cost? Provide a budget that outlines the total cost of the project and an estimated cost breakdown of materials and labor as well as any other associated expenses.

Send your proposal in by September 15, 2018 to:

Project SPARK

Hudson Community Foundation
c/o St. Croix Valley Foundation
516 Second St., Suite 214A, Hudson, WI 54016

Applicants will be notified if they are a finalist by September 30, 2018. Please note that there are no age or affiliation requirement for applicants. All ideas are welcome.

To request a Hudson Community Foundation Board Member to present to your group, or if you have questions about the project, please contact us through the St. Croix Valley Foundation at (715) 386-9490 and our President, Amy Schneider, will return your call. Thank you and best of luck!

2015 Spark Winner in HSO “The Bee Project gets a sweet start”

VIA – Author Meg Heaton


It was a cold blustery day but that didn’t keep close to 200 people from turning out for the launch of The Bee Project.

The event was the first in what could become an annual event over the next few years if all goes as planned by Danielle Vogler. It was held Saturday at Camp St. Croix. Vogler’s project is the first to win the Hudson Community Foundation’s SPARK grant to fund the next good idea for the Hudson area.

The project to increase the bee population in the area by planting wildflowers that will attract them and the valuable work they do pollinating all kinds of plants, many critical to the food chain.

At the center of the project at Bee Bombs, a product manufactured in Hudson by Plantables. The company was started by the Schreibers and employs people of all abilities. Jim Schreiber was on hand and was moved by the response his company and employees, “those not often included in the workforce,” have received from the community.

The bee bombs, more than 10,000 of them, contain 15 wildflower seeds in each of 50 clay balls in a box. Participants receive two boxes. The bombs are just thrown into a designated area onto soil and with water or rain will create a perfect place for bees.

Schreiber said the method of planting was used by Native Americans and keeps the seed from becoming food for birds and other animals. He said the method is gaining popularity again all over the world including tomato bombs in parts of Africa.

Jerome Rodewald of the St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association explained the challenges of managing honey bee colonies. Ana Heck of the University of Minnesota Bee Squad told the audience “how bees do it” and the current status of the population in the area.

All the bee bombs have been distributed for this year but they will be distributed again next spring and after that for “as long as the $20,000 grant lasts” according to Vogler.

For more information go to The BEE Project Facebook page via the web address

Heroin Follow-Up Forum

The forum July 17 is a follow up to last year’s “Heroin in Hudson: A Community Crisis”, at First Presbyterian Church.

The purpose of the first forum in 2013 was to raise awareness of the problem of heroin use in the community, a drug that has caused close to a dozen deaths by overdose in the area in recent years and has led to the addiction of countless others.

This year’s event is designed to see where the problem is one year later, what has changed in the community and what efforts are underway to address the problem. Speakers include:

  • Anthony Mayer, Director of Student Services, Hudson School District
  • Will Connell, Know the Truth
  • Dr. Kevin Helmen, Hudson Physicians
  • Rep. Dean Knudson speaking onWisconsin Laws
  • Amber Hahn, St. Croix County Drug Prosecutors
  • Det. Sgt. Geoff Willems, Hudson Police Department
  • Karen Hale, A mother’s story
  • Peter VanDusartz, Programs for Change

Topics will include recent changes in state law specific to heroin and opiate painkiller use and abuse, the reinstatement of a drug prosecutor in St. Croix County, initiatives for education and prevention in the Hudson School District, the opiate painkiller monitoring program by Hudson Physicians, a presentation by law enforcement on the current heroin problem in Hudson and an update from a mother who lost her daughter to addiction a year ago.

Please continue to support this issue by sharing information and keep awareness high both in teens and households that may contain prescription medications. Turning in unused prescriptions is a major effort to reduce abuse in our community.

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Hudson Healing Together, A vigil to remember those lost to heroin

Hudson Healing Together


May 15 in Lakefront Park beginning at 7 p.m. and ending shortly after 8 p.m.

The Hudson Community Foundation will hold Hudson Healing Together, a vigil to remember those lost to heroin and other drugs on Thursday, May 15 at the Lakefront Park bandshell beginning at 7 p.m.

Sharing Hope and Healing
With more than a dozen Hudson area deaths including at least six Hudson High School graduates over the past several years, this event will share remarks from friends and family of some of those who have died, a prayer of remembrance by retired pastor Dr. Dan Bruch, and music by August Blues. If you wish to send a memory for the presentation, email

Healing Quilt
Blank quilt squares will be provided for anyone who wishes to be part of a community quilt in memory of those who have died, those who have survived addiction or to promote drug abuse education and prevention. The quilt project will continue throughout the year in sewing and then displaying around our community. The quilt squares will be provided with a transfer sheet and instructions.

Light of Hope
There will also be a candlelighting ceremony to remember all those whose lives have been lost. Candles will be supplied at Lakefront Park to those in attendance. We welcome anyone in the community both business and residence to light a candle that evening to remember those we have lost and symbolize our community standing together in support.

More information
Area organizations that provide resources for drug education and prevention will also be on hand. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held at First Baptist Church at the corner of Vine and Third streets. The event is open to the public. Those attending should bring chairs or blankets for seating.

For more information contact Tricia Christiansen of Christiansen Creative, president of the Hudson Community Foundation at or Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer and foundation board member, at

Heroin Awareness Piece Mailed to Hudson Familes

As a follow up to our community forum on Heroin in Hudson this past summer, the Hudson Community Foundation took a few more steps. The first was to open a fund specifically for Heroin Awareness and Prevention that allowed community members to donate towards an ongoing effort.

Several families impacted by heroin donated their time to our first fundraising effort during Pepperfest. These dollars, in addition to some personal contributions, allowed us to close the gap in some community awareness.

Through some conversations with key organizations, we learned that students do receive and will receive more info on the dangers of substance abuse. The gap Hudson Community Foundation saw was the parents of kids as young as middle school, all the way through the age of 18, not realizing how close this issue could be to their own kids. The pdf below is the mailer we sent out to every family that was within that category.

The piece is introduced with a letter signed by several Hudson families whose lives have been touched by the nightmare of heroin. The piece lists signs to look for, what could lead to a heroin addiction, and some resources for more information.

More than anything, Hudson Community Foundation wants families to have information if they see someone in need — and potentially share this information with their entire family.


Suicide Prevention Forum scheduled for Aug. 7th

The community is invited to our “QPR: Ask a question, save a life” suicide prevention forum on Aug. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine Street, Hudson, at 6:30 p.m.

At least a dozen suicides have occurred in the Hudson area in recent years, including three Hudson area teens in the past year.  Through this public forum, the Hudson Community Foundation hopes to raise awareness about suicide, train interested person on prevention skills, and prevent more deaths.

The featured speaker will be Melissa Costello, who lost her daughter Jordan to suicide in September 2012. She has chosen to honor her daughter’s memory by speaking openly and candidly about Jordan’s death in hopes of saving lives and sparing other families the grief hers lives with daily.

Costello said the loss of her daughter is something she deals with every day and that will never change. But what she hopes will change is the circle of silence that surrounds suicide. “Suicide isn’t about shame or blame,” she said. “We need to be honest about it and love our kids enough to talk to them about it.”

In addition, local military veteran Willy Graves will discuss the increasing number of veterans who are dying of suicide each day and talk about ways to reach out to veterans who might need support. According to a report released in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans committed suicide in the U.S. every day in 2010, with nearly 70 percent of all veteran suicides were among men and women aged 50 or older.

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of St. Croix County will conduct the three-step prevention training called QPR. The acronym QPR stands for “Question, Persuade and Refer” and was developed by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., who designed the training to be an easy, memorable way for people to help someone who might be considering suicide. QPR is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based program, proven to reduce suicides in communities across the United States. It involves three steps:

  • Ask the person if he or she is thinking about suicide.
  • Persuade the person to get help.
  • Refer the person to an appropriate resource.

Everyone who completes the training at the forum will be given a QPR guide and information about suicide prevention and resources. Similar trainings are being conducted throughout the county.

For more information on the forum contact HCF board member Meg Heaton at (715) 426-1067.  For more information about the task force contact Patty Schachtner at or Kesha Marson at

Did you miss the Heroin Community Forum?

If you missed the forum on Heroin in Hudson, you can watch it online thanks to the River Channel by clicking here.

The speakers for the evening were overwhelmed and touched by the number of people who attended the forum. With a packed house, the audience listened to personal stories, area professionals and connected with other in the community.

We have had some requests for the program we handed out for the evening. In this program was a list of resources, and some of the stories captured from our area families. You can download a copy of this program by clicking here.

Some additional resources provided to us include:

Programs for Change Guide to Mental Health Services

Thanks to Sara Sedahl, an AODA Counselor with St. Croix County Health & Human Services we can also share this information:

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Our vision is improved quality of life for the community of St. Croix County by providing high quality services directed at effectively meeting the behavioral health needs of its members.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
For Intake Appointments: 715-246-8255
For general information: 715-246‑8209                                                                                                                               


Assessment and Referral Services: Chemical dependency assessment services to determine the level of treatment need for individuals with chemical dependency issues.  Referral outpatient treatment or can help make arrangements for detox, inpatient treatment and halfway house services via our contracted provider network.

Outpatient Treatment Program: Primary and aftercare treatment in individual and/or group sessions. Our primary group meets twice per week and our aftercare group meets once per week.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program: Our Intensive Outpatient Program utilizes the Matrix Model consisting of group treatment sessions three days per week along with individual sessions, as needed.

Adolescent Treatment Services: Adolescent treatment is available through individual and group treatment formats.  Out adolescent group treatment program is a 90-day program involving one group for the adolescents and one group for the family on a weekly basis, as well as, individual sessions with the adolescent.

Jail Treatment Program: Chemical dependency treatment, utilizing the Matrix Model, provided to St Croix County jail inmates and Huber inmates on a voluntary or court ordered basis.

Case Management Services: Coordination of inpatient chemical dependency treatment with other support services offered by our agency to ensure clients receive high quality services and maximize their chances for a successful recovery.

Intoxicated Driver Program: Intoxicated Driver assessments for St. Croix County residents convicted of Operating While Intoxicated or related offenses resulting in a Driver Safety Plan. Driver Safety Plan recommendations range from educational programs to inpatient treatment.

Crisis Intervention Services:

  1. Emergency Services available via phone.  Emergency services may be accessed by dialing 911 and asking for the Behavioral Health On-call worker.
  2. Emergency inpatient treatment assessments are available on a daily basis for those who do not have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

Eligibility: These services are available for all residents of St. Croix County.

Payment Source: Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, private pay on sliding fee scale.


PREVENTION  Resources for the prevention, treatment and intervention of substance use. Great information about preventing substance abuse at any age, from preschoolers to young adults.  Information and social networking for the parents of tweens and teens to help deal with the challenges that life with an adolescent can bring.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with great educational resources and information on the substance abuse prevention campaign Talk. They Hear You.


Youth Service Bureau-Chemical Awareness Program
Stillwater: 651-439-8800
Woodbury: 651-735-9534
Cottage Grove: 651-458-5224
Western Wisconsin: 715-781-0409

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Programs
215 N. 2nd St., Suite 108, River Falls, WI  54022
Phone: 715-425-1100  |

1019 South Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI  54017
Phone: 715-246-6561


Many health insurance plans cover substance abuse treatment services. Contact your insurance provider to see what benefits your household can take advantage of.

 Many companies offer Employee Assistance Programs (EPA) that will provide free and confidential counseling for substance abuse issues for the employee and their family. Check with your Human Resource department or employee handbook for more information.

St. Croix County Health and Human Services
1445 N. 4th St., New Richmond, WI  54017  |  AODA Department: (715)246-8209

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Online Treatment Locator tool and Information on Substance Abuse  |  1-800-662-HELP (4357)