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Restorative justice programs awarded $10,000 grant

MENASHA — Barron County Restorative Justice and Eau Claire Restorative Justice, programs of Goodwill NCW, have been awarded a $10,000 Mayo Clinic Health System Hometown Health Grant.

The restorative justice programs help adult and student community members make healthier choices through services such as victim-offender restorative conferencing, mentoring, accountability workshops, and restitution and community service programming that increases responsibility and empathy and leads to improved productivity at work, home and school.

The Mayo Clinic Health System Hometown Health Grant supports innovative efforts to improve mental health, prevent obesity, reduce chronic disease and address substance use and alcohol misuse in our community.

“We are extremely grateful to be a recipient of this generous grant award, “ said Monika Audette, program operations leader of Barron County Restorative Justice Programs. “We have felt the impact of COVID-19, and the need is much greater now. While our work continued during the statewide Safer at Home order, once it was lifted we felt an immediate call for our services in the community. We are grateful for the support for the impactful work we do from Mayo Clinic Health System.”

The award will be used to update existing cognitive behavior intervention programs, enhance early intervention substance abuse programming and allow Eau Claire Restorative Justice to invest in the technology equipment needed to present these programs.

According to the grant announcement, “Mayo Clinic Health System is focused on the health and wellbeing of area families, friends and neighbors. Your efforts are helping to improve our community, and we thank you for the work you do.”

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, human services programs, unique shopping experiences at its boutiques and Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com. 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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