The ballroom of the Hotel RL in Olympia was filled with community leaders and members of the DRC family who came together on Sunday, April 14th to celebrate and support the work of the Dispute Resolution Center. This year's theme, "Strengthening Connections", highlighted the many personal connections and community partnerships that help advance the DRC's vision - a South Sound community that has and uses healthy and respectful conflict resolution skills.
Thank You to all of our table hosts, volunteers, business partners, vendors and, especially, our generous donors, who made this event a success.
Our guests at the 2019 edition of The Toast:
- Enjoyed savory hors d'oeuvres from the Hotel RL chefs, sampled sweet treats from local chocolatiers and bakeries, and sampled libations from local wine-makers, cider-makers and distillers;
-Joined us in honoring Rev. Carol McKinley, recipient of this year's Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award;
- Heard from DRC Executive Director Jody Suhrbier and our keynote speaker, Olympia High School teacher Jason "Blue" Peetz, addressing the theme of "strengthening connections";
- Gave generously to support the DRC's efforts to build a more civil and peaceful community;
- and enjoyed re-connecting with long-time DRC supporters, as well as introducing first-time guests to the work of the DRC.
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Jesse Laird has joined the Dispute Resolution Center's staff as our new Volunteer Manager. In this role, he will lead volunteer recruitment, retention and coordination activities, as well as manage the DRC's mediator practicum program.
A native of Portland, Jesse earned Masters degrees in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. He brings to the DRC extensive experience in developing and implementing educational curricula, and has created and presented trainings covering a wide variety of topics, including conflict resolution, facilitation and advocacy.
"Stepping into the role of Volunteer Manager, Jesse brings several years of experience in conflict resolution as an educator," notes DRC Executive Director Jody Suhrbier. "He has been a curriculum designer and teaching faculty, which has honed his interest in strengthening adult learning with a tailored, person-to-person approach. We look forward to Jesse's active engagement with our DRC family and the broader community."
Jesse can be reached at email@example.com .
"Riley" is a 15-year-old boy who is two months into his sophomore year of high school. He has an older brother who was at school with him last year but has since graduated. Riley is struggling in his classes and has left school at lunch more than once, not coming back for class. He's not into drugs or crime (yet); he just wandered around town by himself.
People in Riley's life could call him many things:
- A "slacker" by his peers;
- A "frequent flyer" by his counselor, who sees him when he's been skipping;
- A "delinquent" by the juvenile court counselor who sentences kids to rehab for truancy; or,
- A "future inmate" by the State of Washington.
We know Riley to simply be a student who is struggling. To stay out of the juvenile justice system, Riley needs to stay in school. To stay in school, Riley needs to understand what's going on inside of him and how that influences the decisions he makes and the actions he takes. To do that, he needs support.
Help support students, like Riley, with your donation.
Fortunately, Riley's high school partners with the DRC's Youth Empowerment Services (YES!). Once a week, Riley's day includes a period when two young people from our YES Team come in and take over his teacher's class. They have everyone sit in a circle, which is meant to show that everyone is equal. Riley wanted to leave the room when they started talking about feelings, but things got interesting when they played a game he liked. Someone would say a feeling and toss the ball to someone else who had to say a need that was connected to that feeling. He enjoyed it when it wasn't just about him. Riley now feels more engaged at school, and his attendance and grades are reflecting that.
You can help students just like Riley learn how to process the aspects of their lives that get in the way of their learning. Your support will enable the DRC to partner with more schools and serve more students, helping them stay in school and get on track to create a future with possibility in it, not prison.
Say YES! to empower youth with your contribution to the DRC's Youth Empowerment Services through the 'Give Local' campaign.
If you make a donation before November 20th, 2018 your gift will be "stretched" by an Incentive Fund from our partner, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. If you have already made a donation, please accept our gratitude for your support for our efforts to mentor and nurture the next generation.
Volunteer mediator David Kegley shares why he finds his involvement with the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County so fulfilling.
YOU can help resolve conflict, promote civility and create peace in your community as a volunteer with the DRC.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here: http://www.mediatethurston.org/uploads/5/7/3/0/57304137/get_involved_flier_-_2018-19.pdf
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in your community? Come play a key role in creating a more peaceful and civil community as a member of our Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (DRC) is seeking new members who feel called to help us implement our vision.
The DRC Board is seeking new members who will enhance the Board's and the organization's representation of and engagement with the many diverse communities we serve.
We welcome and encourage applicants with one or more of the following:
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there an elephant in your office?
Workplace conflict and incivility are common in most organizations, but, too often, ignored or avoided. Unaddressed, they can have significant negative consequences for employers - emotional costs to you and your staff, and financial costs that impact your bottom line:
Join us for a special breakfast workshop to learn insights and skills to effectively address workplace conflict.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
SPSCC Lacey Campus, 4220 6th Ave. SE , Lacey, WA
Check-in, coffee and networking begin at 7:45, with the program beginning at 8:00.
Breakfast provided by Budd Bay Cafe.
The Dispute Resolution Center's new Community Impact Report, "Civic Harmony Starts Here", has just been published and is being distributed throughout Thurston and Mason Counties.
This report provides a brief overview of the DRC's services, along with statistics that help demonstrate the many ways in which the efforts of our organization - through the support of our many volunteers, donors and community partners - are advancing our vision and helping create a more civil and peaceful community.
We hope you will take a few moments to read the online version of our report.
Congratulations to Terry Teale, who was honored at our recent annual volunteer recognition picnic as the DRC's Outstanding Volunteer for 2018.
Terry has been a valued member of the DRC Family since 2010. She was a member of the DRC Board, including serving as its president. She has been an active mediator and is now also becoming a phone conciliator.
"The DRC is extremely grateful for volunteers like Terry," emphasized Executive Director Jody Suhrbier. "She has an unassuming yet steadfast presence and we're so lucky to have her."
To read a special profile of Terry recently published by Thurston Talk, click here.
The work of the Dispute Resolution Center would not be possible without the efforts of 134 active volunteers, including 84 certified mediators. These dedicated individuals collectively gave more than 5,000 hours of their time in the past year to help create a more civil and peaceful community.
Thank You to all of our volunteers for your dedication to helping create a more civil and peaceful community!
Our Vision: We envision a South Sound community that has and uses healthy and respectful conflict resolution skills.
Where we are: After a year of internal stabilization, core strengthening, and increasing community visibility, the year 2018 has been one of expansion - in outlook, capabilities, and infrastructure to meet the community needs of today. We are building bridges to our community’s future.
Accomplishments - achieved or on track for completion in 2018 include:
Grateful to have accomplished so much, we remain focused on addressing the needs of our community that are in alignment with our vision and capabilities, aware that there is more to achieve.
Our ultimate goal: The Dispute Resolution Center is widely recognized and utilized as an indispensable community resource, playing a vital role in creating and sustaining a thriving community where differences are met with authentic, respectful dialogue. As such, our organization is supported by a broad base of individuals and entities throughout the region, which provides for robust, sustainable service provision that truly meets community needs.
How we get there:
Curious to learn more?
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., we will host an open house and discussion focused on advancing our vision. We will provide a light meal, give a brief update on our critical path, and then ask those in attendance to suggest 1-3 candidates for the Board of Directors to help us on the most crucial, strategic work facing the organization as we step into the future. We hope you can join us for this important conversation.
The Board of Directors and staff of the Dispute Resolution Center are pleased to announce that the DRC’s offices will be moving to a new location in mid-July. In a return to the DRC’s original West Olympia roots, our offices will relocate to 2604 12th Court SW, Suite A-1, in the Parkmont Office Park (just off of Black Lake Blvd. between Hwy 101 and Capital Mall).
We will close our current Downtown Olympia offices on July 11th and re-open in our new location on July 16th. Please note that our business mailing address will continue to be P.O. Box 6184, Olympia, WA 98507.
Our new facilities will enable us to better serve residents of Thurston and south Mason Counties through improved access and parking, as well as expanded mediation and training space.
After many years of discussion, review and reflection of how the DRC’s current facilities meet community needs and what future needs may be, the DRC Board formed a Facilities Committee in early 2017 to identify a new site for service provision. Key criteria identified in this process included location, accessibility, parking, safety, and adequate space for mediation and training, to help support the DRC’s expanding services and ensure long-term stability. Following an extensive review of options, the Parkmont Office Park site was determined to best meet these criteria.
A special open house is planned for early fall – date and time to be announced.
2604 12th Court SW, Suite A-2
Olympia WA 98502
PO Box 6184
Olympia WA 98507
Federal Tax ID: 94-3130662
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