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Barron County Restorative Justice, Salvation Army partner

MENASHA — Barron County Restorative Justice, a program of Goodwill, and the Salvation Army are announcing a new partnership that will support more people in the Barron County area.

Starting Oct. 1, the Salvation Army will be providing Barron County Restorative Justice with a budget of $700 a month to help BCRJ clients with rent, housing, transportation, food, household items, utilities, home repairs as well as substance abuse treatment. The money is raised through donations to the Red Kettle campaign. Based on the program’s approval, clients can receive up to $300 in assistance annually.

Barron County Restorative Justice works to build safe communities through alternative resolution processes that address conflict and crime. BCRJ offers several programs for youth and adult offenders, victims of crime, at-risk students and people in conflict.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this new partnership,” said Monika Audette, Barron County Restorative Justice program operations leader. “Some of the challenges our young clients face can seem insurmountable; this funding will help us give them a hand up when they are working to get their life on track. It is very difficult to think about going to school or to work when a family is in a dire financial crisis situation. We know school success leads to career success. This partnership, which is actually a partnership with the whole community because the money comes from Red Kettle donations, means that people in our community take care of each other.”

“Restorative Justice has made a significant impact in Barron County with its outreach programs, focusing on substance abuse, teen traffic violations and victim witness panels,” said Tom Bremer, district representative of the Salvation Army, which covers the Wisconsin counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Price, Rusk, Taylor and Washburn as well as Gogebic and Iron counties in Michigan. “The Salvation Army crisis funds will assist program participants as they complete Restorative Justice programs. The Barron Salvation Army is looking forward to this new partnership.”

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, unique shopping experiences at its boutiques and Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit www.goodwillncw.org.

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