Shifting Gears is shifting gears!
After 4 years of operation, Shifting Gears Community Bike Shop is shifting it’s focus. What was initially a place for offender reentry and career building has transformed into a successful venue for community service. In the spirit of giving back to the community, Shifting Gears will become a hub for community service in Portage County.
The work on bikes will continue but the focus will shift from a separate business operation to a program of Justiceworks, Ltd. What does this mean? It means things might look a bit different, but the commitment to the community remains the same.
Year after year, thousands of hours of community service are assigned to kids and adults in the justice system. At this point, there has not been a centralized location or clearinghouse to match individuals to appropriate community service options. In partnership with fellow non-profits, municipal entities and community volunteers, Justiceworks seeks to create a program that turns community service from something punitive to something meaningful. Into something life-giving and restorative.
If your organization or non-profit has ideas or needs that might be met through this initiative, please contact Justiceworks at 715-344-3677. We are seeking both long and short-term options as well as individuals who may be interested in serving as community service mentors, working with others as they complete their community service obligations.
We continue to work on the details. Stay up to date on recent developments on this webpage or on Facebook.