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2019 December Jefferson Award: Paula Vogt

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Wausau (WAOW) -- Paula Vogt is a retired nurse.

But, she is busier than ever with her volunteer activities.

You will often find her at the Catholic Charities Warming Center in Wausau.

"They need someone to care about them and that is something I have a passion for," Paula Vogt said.

Brian Hovet is homeless and grateful for his friendship with Vogt.

"If not for her and these volunteers I would be outside on the street or under the bridge," Brian Hovet said.

Guests in the warming center get meals and a safe place to sleep.

They may also shower and do laundry.

"Their childhoods often lead to the situation they are in now," Vogt explained. "It could be any of us."

And that's why Vogt is part of a project called "KATS" - Keep Area teens Safe.

The organization bought a house and plans to open a group home for children 12 to 17.

"We will provide them with a safe place to stay if they can't stay at home and the main reason is the trafficking-- to get them off the street," Vogt said.

Paula says she gains the most from her service to others.

"I get more than I give--it is the successes that keep you coming," Vogt said.

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