Meet John Mocadlo


Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner John Mocadlo volunteers at the Shawano Area Matthew 25 emergency shelter.

John Mocadlo volunteers at the Shawano Area Matthew 25 emergency shelter.

Mocadlo was born and raised in Stevens Point, graduating from Stevens Point High School. Mocadlo attended UW-Stevens Point for one year and then got a degree in police science from Northcentral Technical College. He worked for the Athens Police Department, then the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, and retired after 31½ years with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department in June 2017.

Mocadlo lives in Shawano with his wife, Kathi, who works at Advanced Physical Therapy. He has two sons and a stepdaughter. Mocadlo enjoys golf, working out and his Harley Davidson. He works part-time as a security officer at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

How long have you volunteered at SAM25?

“This is my first year. I volunteer one day a week on Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.”

What do you do?

“I do intake. I help guests when they report in for the day, help them process their personal property, and go over their activities of that day like what goals were met. We just don’t give them a place to live, we also mentor them. I am a mentor for the Steps to Success and help them fill out applications for employment, leases, and legal papers for any needs like healthcare benefits.”

What have you learned from helping?

“I’m a retired policeman. When I started this new chapter of my life, I had a need and compassion to serve. SAM25 uses my skills to help people in need. To listen, don’t judge, give support and direction. I have quite a few who look to me for support and direction. They reach out to me outside of the shelter. It’s a trust relationship.”

Why do you volunteer?

“I do it because I’ve been so highly blessed and favored in my life. It’s my way to give back and give thanks for all I have. The Good Lord has blessed me. I look at all the things I’ve been through and done and been protected and got through it.”