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Outgoing Lodi Mayor Bob Johnson recognizes Partners, Lodi House

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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:40 am, Thu Dec 8, 2011.

Outgoing Mayor Bob Johnson recognized two volunteer organizations on Wednesday night when he handed out the yearly Mayor's Community Service Award.

Johnson selected the Lodi Police Partners and Lodi House to receive the award.

The Lodi Police Partners are a group of volunteers who assist the Lodi Police Department with day-to-day duties. They serve subpoenas, take down garage sale posters, check park bathrooms and help direct traffic when there is an accident.

Jean Biskup, who coordinates the Police Partners program, said that during the group's 18-year history, members have volunteered just under 500,000 hours.

In October, there were more than 82 volunteers. Most of them are retired because Partners have to be able to work during the day.

"They do marvelous, marvelous work on behalf of our citizens and the police force. They create a workforce which frees up our police officers to deal with more pressing issues," Johnson said.

Johnson also honored Lodi House, a nonprofit agency that provides shelter for homeless women and children. They also provide food, advocacy, counseling and numerous workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Lodi House opened its doors in 2000 after building a home that houses five families on Washington Street. They also now have a thrift store at Central and Lodi avenues.

"Many of the women come in and they are stressed out and have a lot of problems, and these people and this board work hard to give these women and their children the best opportunities," Johnson said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

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