Mediation and Restorative Justice Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey

Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.

828-264-3040

A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.

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Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.

Resolving Disputes: Easily - Quickly - Fairly

Providing Professional Mediation Services to the Western North Carolina counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.

Mediation and Restorative Justice Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Mediation and Restorative Justice Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Mediation and Restorative Justice Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Mediation and Restorative Justice Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Mediation and Restorative Justice Center - A Non-Profit Organization Providing Professional Mediation Services to the North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey

What is the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center?

The Mediation and Restorative Justice Center is a non-profit organization which provides professional mediation services to the Western North Carolina residents of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process in which conflicting parties voluntarily agree to work towards settlement of issues with the help of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. Mediation sessions are conducted in a private and confidential setting.

Why does mediation work?

Mediation is cost-effective and less time-consuming than court.

Attending mediation is voluntary and sessions are confidential.

Mediators help guide the communication process in a productive way.

Mediation seeks “win / win” out-comes, no one has to lose.

Solutions come from the parties themselves.

The process promotes more harmonious long-term relationships.

Types of disputes mediated include...

• Neighborhood - conflicts involving noise, animals, children, and property boundaries.

• Family - separation / divorce (custody, property, parenting plans), disagreements within families, elder care issues.

• Landlord / Tenant - property damage, deposits, rent, maintenance issues.

• Workplace - employment grievances, co-worker conflicts, organizational discord.

• Consumer / Merchant - quality and service issues, rental property return, unpaid accounts.

• Court Referred Disputes - misdemeanor assault, trespass, property damage, small claims.

• Juvenile - truancy, undisciplined / delinquency problems.

• Other - any dispute between people who know each other.

What happens in the mediation process?

• Introduction - Mediator(s) introduce themselves to the parties. The process and ground rules are explained.

• Presentation - Each person describes his or her personal view of the situation.

• Summary - The mediator(s) help clarify the specific concerns and needs of each person.

• Problem Solving - Each person suggests options for resolving the conflict. These options are discussed until all parties agree on a solution.

• Agreement - Any decisions reached may be written into a Memorandum of Understanding and signed by the parties.

Mediation is a good choice when:

There is concern that the disputing parties may resort to violence or other dangerous behaviors.

An unresolved dispute is causing stress and interrupting work, school or sleep.

Going to court could cause the dispute to escalate.

Family members are involved and an on-going relationship is in danger.

Religion dictates that going to court is not a good choice.

Parents are divorcing and want to do what’s best for their children.

No legal remedy exists for resolving the dispute, so going to court won’t solve the issue.

Parties want to try to work things out themselves, but do not know how to begin.

A relationship is important, but parties have stopped talking.

Want to help us?

If you would like to help further the work of the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center, please:

Refer someone for mediation,

Become a volunteer, or,

Make a tax exempt donation of money, equipment or services.

The Mediation and Restorative Justice Center is a non-profit corporation under the laws of North Carolina, and is tax-exempt under 501 (c) (3) of the IRC Code. The Center is a member of the National Association for Community Mediation and is supported by the North Carolina State Legislature, High Country United Way, and local Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils in the Western North Carolina Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.

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Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
Professional Mediation Services
133 North Water Street
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-3040

www.mediatejustice.org

Executive Director
Melissa G. Johnson

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