Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Here is the text of the closing prayer delivered by Dr. Roya Akhavan at the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration:

O Thou merciful God! O Thou Who art mighty and powerful!  O Thou most kind Father!  These servants have gathered together, turning to Thee, supplicating Thy threshold, desiring Thine endless bounties from Thy great assurance.  They have no purpose save Thy good pleasure.  They have no intention save service to the world of humanity.

O God! Make this assemblage radiant.  Make the hearts merciful.  Confer the bounties of the Holy Spirit.  Endow them with a power from heaven.  Bless them with heavenly minds.  Increase their sincerity, so that with all humility and contrition they may turn to Thy kingdom and be occupied with service to the world of humanity.  May each one become a brilliant star.  May each one become beautiful in color and redolent of fragrance in the kingdom of God.

O kind Father! Confer Thy blessings.  Consider not our shortcomings.  Shelter us under Thy protection.  Remember not our sins.  Heal us with Thy mercy.  We are weak; Thou art mighty. We are poor; Thou art rich.  We are sick; Thou art the Physician.  We are needy; Thou art most generous.

O God! Endow us with Thy providence.  Thou art the Powerful.  Thou art the Giver.  Thou art the Beneficent.






Stuart Stotts, award winning singer, author and storyteller was our guest presenter for the 2017 celebration.  Stuart spoke on the influence of music on the civil rights movement and the history of particular songs including the iconic “We Shall Overcome”.  The evening included music from the Pacelli High School Concert Choir Starting our evening with the National Anthem and  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and concluded the night with stirring renditions of “Inscription of Hope” and “River in Judea”.  The event also included the presentation of the Justiceworks’ John Klismet Volunteer Award to Tiffani Krueger, co-founder of Evergreen Community Initiatives.


JustRun Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk

With mixed emotion we regret to inform our supporters that Justiceworks will no longer be hosting the JustRun 5K/Half-Marathon event.


With the saturation of other quality events and the increased expenses associated with facilitating JustRun, it is in our best interest to pursue other avenues of fundraising.


The entire Justiceworks organization greatly appreciates the incredible volunteer efforts and sponsorships that have gone into supporting this event year after year. Without your support JustRun would never have become a premier family-friendly event in central Wisconsin.


Thank you!



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THANK YOU! to all our 2016 sponsors, volunteers and participants.

The FINAL results of JustRun 2016 can be found here.


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Justiceworks Annual Meeting

Please join us…


Justiceworks Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 5:00pm

Pinery Room of the Portage County Library


The evening will feature Justiceworks staff providing program updates

and program participants sharing their experiences with the

Deferred Prosecution Program & Family Law Information Center.

A brief business meeting will take place for the election of members

of the Board of Directors.


For more information contact the Justiceworks office at 715-344-3677.






Justiceworks held its annual meeting on April 28, 2016.

In addition to a business meeting to fill vacancies and rotating offices and positions, the roughly seventy people in attendance listened as the Justiceworks program staff provided a “state of the organization” program that summarized a year that brought many changes to the organization.  The evening was shepherded by David Knaapen, President of the Board of Directors.  The presentations also served as an introduction of new staff members – Mike Champion, VIP Program Coordinator; Rick Allen, Deferred Prosecution Compliance Monitor; Kaitie Dreger, Legal Assistant for the Family Law Information Center; and Amy Maggio, Development Director speaking to the importance of sustaining the organization.

The meeting was held in the Central Wisconsin Center for Non-Profits.

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