Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont is an organization of dedicated local residents who volunteer their time to introduce and provide restorative practices to the communities of Southeastern Vermont.
Our region is sparsely populated with high rates of poverty. Windham County has the third-lowest median income in the state. Job opportunities are limited and residents are struggling to get by. Large segments of the population have been traumatized by drug addiction and its related ills, and municipalities offer few services to help them deal with the accompanying collateral damage. We see a need for grassroots community action that will give people the skills they need to solve conflicts peacefully, building stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities.
Our mission is to promote restorative practices that prevent, address, and change behaviors that hurt individuals, families, schools, and communities. These practices focus on repairing harm and reintegrating those involved in conflict back into the community by talking about important issues, improving relationships, creating a peaceable climate, and nurturing critical awareness of each person’s valued place in their community. We create opportunities and provide resources for people to achieve these goals.
Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont (RCJSV) seeks to provide a range of assistance and solutions for people facing conflicts and disagreements. We offer free restorative practice training to all. When community members have been fully trained, they are then able and available to facilitate restorative conferences and other restorative practices. Our goal is to make every person familiar with and conversant in restorative practices to deal with life’s conflicts and tensions.
We offer family and community circles, free of charge, to members of the community. We develop partnerships with local schools, libraries, and churches which provide venues for circles and meetings.