Robert Henry “Bob” Fossler

A message from Ben Spicer, former Executive Director of the WCCHC:

“If there were a picture beside the definition of the word character it would be a portrait of Bob Fossler. It is rare that a man possess both the colorful heart warming charm and humor of its meaning and also epitomize the moral fiber, work ethic and humanitarian aspect that it also defines.

During my years as Executive Director for Wilson County Community Help Center I was by no means ready for the inspiration and father/son kinship that quickly developed from knowing him. He was a friend to all, could out work three teenagers and walked humbly and joyfully with the God He loved. He was as steady as the rotation of the earth, dependable as the most loyal of companions and the most talented of ambassadors to this non-profit as any I’ve known. Mr Bob was never first. He was as stubborn and staunch at holding to his convictions as he was perfect in being able to disarm any disgruntled patron or employee with his comedic ways.

Mr Bob has the individual notoriety of being the only employee that has served under the first four of five Executive Directors that have also served with this agency. This stands as epic, because he had already given his best years in service to our country and to the airline industry until he retired before working for Wilson County Community Help Center another twenty plus years before leaving his post at the age of ninety! He worked tirelessly as a receiver of donations for his many countless years and performed in that thankless role as if he were the CEO. From wayward teenage volunteers to the most elite of our county, Mr Bob was an inspiration, an encouragement, a bright spot in any day and a man of God without ever having to say a word.

I told him often and still drive towards this goal that when I grow up I want to be Mr Bob. We will all feel a little less loved in this world because of his absence but we were loved indeed and he never wasted a minute of his time on earth. Well done Mr. Bob. Well done!”

‘Ducky Derby’ returns to Wilson County raising money for a good cause

At least 4,000 ducks were purchased for $10 each at this year’s ‘Ducky Derby’ to raise money for the Wilson County Community Help Center.

Karen Rudzinski – New Executive Director

“New Wilson County Community Help Center Executive Director Karen Rudzinski brings a robust track record of experience and outreach to the table.”

Angie Belcher – Woman of Wilson

Our very own Angie Belcher is Woman of Wilson! Congratulations, Angie! We thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do for the Help Center and the community.

A Hand Up to Neighbors in Need

We collect, sort, recycle and sell clothing and household items of any type donated by the community. The Help Center staff educates people on ways to utilize assistance programs that are available in Wilson County. The Wilson County Community Help Center will come in contact with more residents each week than any other agency in this county.

Six days a week we provide emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, resource education and financial aid to Wilson County residents.

The Help Center distributed over 30,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry in our county last year alone.

Our clothing program has provided more than 1,000 coats each year to warm the needy.

Free medical equipment is available.


We accept all kinds of donations, from financial to materials and time. Cash donations are needed in order to maintain the emergency assistance fund and help with operating expenses. We are designated a 501(c)3, so we do rely heavily on our great Wilson County community to keep our doors open.

Time donations are a great way to help your community as individuals, companies or as a family. We need volunteers to help assemble food boxes, organize and distribute clothing, and many other various jobs within our thrift store.

Thrift Store Hours:
Mon – Sat 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Donation Hours:
Mon – Sat 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Help Desk Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

CLOSED – New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Years Eve Day


Wilson County Community Help Center
203 West High St.
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 449-1856

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