County honors Lindstrom-Bartholomew

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The Winnebago County Board recognized Shirley Lindstrom-Bartholomew for nearly 22 years of service to the community Jan. 11.

County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen presented a plaque to the Salvation Army retiree, who also serves as a police chaplain.

Lindstrom was incarcerated in 1981. While in jail, she became a born-again Christian and met future husband, Bill Bartholomew, who served as a jail chaplain. At this time, she also met Norma Baker, with whom she’d later serve in the Salvation Army.

Lindstrom-Bartholomew has given selflessly to the victims of the attacks on 9/11, Katrina victims, Plainfield tornado victims as well as to those affected by our own flooding last Labor Day.

After working for the Salvation Army since 1985, the retiree looks forward to a new life in Hayward, Wis.

Following a long standing ovation, Lindstrom-Bartholomew thanked the board for making possible a grant to fund the Women’s Restorative Justice Program, stating 39 women have been helped so far. The 12-year police chaplain called the County Board her heroes for making that possible.

“I know 39 might not seem like a big number, but if you think about it this way: Would you want 39 of these women out on the streets prostituting themselves, or would you want them in the stores doing retail theft, or would you want them selling or using drugs?” asked Lindstrom-Bartholomew. “Or would you rather have them on our side? None of this could have happened if it wasn’t for the grant we got.”

Lindstrom-Bartholomew reported of those 39 women, 34 are employed, six have obtained GEDs, 12 have gone on to college, and four have purchased their first homes.

The Women’s Restorative Justice Program’s aim is to help women transition into independent and productive lives after release from jail. The program has a waiting list.

For more information about the Women’s Restorative Justice Program, contact Salvation Army Social Services Coordinator Bryan Erickson at 972-1135.

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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