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Longmont Community Justice Partnership Hosting Second Fundraiser

October 5, 2018

Loss Prevention Supervisor Lonnie Hernandez looking over some of the dozens of letters he had received from shoplifters that had been through the Longmont Community Justice Partnership in 2016.

If you go

What: Fundraiser for restorative justice programs.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont

Cost: Free to attend. Wibby is donating $1 for every Volksbier Vienna purchased.

More info: For more information, contact the Longmont Community Justice Partnership at 303-776-1527.

The Longmont Community Justice Partnership is hosting a fundraiser next week to raise money for training to provide more trauma-informed care to youth in the city.

The event on Wednesday will be the organization’s second fundraiser held at Wibby Brewing.

For every Volksbier Vienna patrons purchase, Wibby will donate $1 to the program, according to Kathleen McGoey, executive director of the partnership. The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction, cornhole tournament, hula hoop contest and live music from The Custom Shop band.

All of the money raised that night will go toward restorative justice programs, including training volunteers to make trauma-informed responses, as McGoey said there is a rising need for trauma-informed care for youth in Longmont.

Trauma-informed care follows a set of principles that include providing safe spaces, encouraging skill development and independence, and providing connections to culture for healing, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“When volunteers in our community gain these skills, it not only impacts the families we work with directly, it also ripples out into the community and increases compassion, empathy, and a sense of belonging in Longmont,” McGoey said in an email.

The restorative justice program allows youth and adults to take responsibility for crimes they’ve committed and meet with those they have impacted to determine how they can fix the harm they caused, McGoey said. This gives victims a voice in the justice process, and can reduce recidivism, she said.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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