Out of concern for the health and well-being of our DRC Family, supporters and the broader community, and in compliance with the ban on large events aimed at mitigating the growing spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, the DRC has canceled our April 5th signature fund-raising event, The Toast.
We also anticipate that the growing current public health situation will negatively impact our ability to provide mediation, facilitation and training services in the coming weeks. The potential loss of both fundraising and service revenue will strain our capacity to serve our community going forward. Therefore, it is especially urgent that we raise the funds that normally would have come from The Toast - our most important fundraising activity - in other ways.
Please show your support for the DRC's vital services by making a special gift today.
I hope you will also consider making a monthly sustaining gift via a recurring monthly charge to your credit card.
If you prefer to give by check, please mail your gift to:
Dispute Resolution Center, P.O. Box 6184, Olympia, WA 98507.
Your contribution will help us:
- maintain our capacity to serve our community - in 2020 and the years ahead;
- provide mediation services to individuals and families for whom cost is a barrier;
- offer training and support to local schools, which help the next generation communicate through conflict; and,
- recruit, train and support volunteers - the heart and soul of our organization
Your investment in our work and mission in these challenging times is more critical - and more appreciated - than ever.
Jody M. Suhrbier
The Dispute Resolution Center takes the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff very seriously and want to share with you updated information on how we are responding to the continually evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health situation.
The DRC is currently maintaining regular business hours and scheduling services, with some modifications. We have made the decision to cancel or postpone several trainings, and are cancelling our April 5th fundraiser, TheToast. For information on the status of specific trainings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 956-1155.
We continue to emphasize the need for staff, volunteers and clients to adhere to infection control protocols that are in place, including:
We are developing contingency plans to prepare for changing circumstances, which may include reduced office hours, and further cancellation or postponement of mediations, facilitations, trainings and events.
We are actively monitoring the latest recommendations and directives of our local and state authorities and we encourage you to stay informed: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus.
At this time, we are reminded of our deep need as individuals to connect and communicate, especially in stressful times. While it is true that we need to be creative in our ways of connecting at this time, we still must provide and seek support from one another. The work of a community mediation center such as ours is rooted in our belief that our strength in connections inform our resilience as individuals and as a community. None of us is operating in isolation. Together, we can commit to continuous communication, to creative problem solving, and importantly, to seeking understanding and common ground.
Questions? Let us know. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.
Jody M. Suhrbier
The Dispute Resolution Center takes the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff very seriously and want to share with you how we are responding to the continually evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health situation.
The DRC is currently maintaining regular business hours and scheduling services as usual.
We have placed some common sense infection control protocols into place, including providing posted reminders on effective hand-washing technique as well as providing hand and surface sanitation options for use onsite and in Small Claims Court. We are encouraging a 'no handshake' practice during meditations for the time being.
We are developing contingency plans to prepare for changing circumstances, which may include reduced office hours, and possible postponement of mediations, facilitations, trainings and events. We will communicate with clients regarding cancellation policies and adopt a flexible approach to ensure both client and volunteer health needs are addressed within this changing landscape. We are actively monitoring Washington State Department of Health, as well as, Thurston County Public Health Department recommendations. We will announce any program or operational changes through all of our regular channels including email, social media and our website.
Questions? Please contact Jody Suhrbier, DRC Executive Director, at (360) 956-1155 or email email@example.com
Infection Control Practices for Clients, Volunteers and Staff
To help prevent the spread of infection and protect the health of our clients, volunteers and staff - as well as the wider community - please follow these infection control practices:
Jody Suhrbier Named to NAFCM Board
Jody Suhrbier, Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).
The NAFCM Board is made up of a select group of individuals from across the United States who have a passion for community mediation, its advancement, services, and potential.
The purpose of NAFCM is to support the maintenance and growth of community-based mediation programs and processes. NAFCM supports peacemakers by being the hub for advancing the work of community mediation, aggregating the wisdom of community mediation and amplifying the voice of community mediators.
Before joining the NAFCM Board, Suhrbier previously served for two years as Co-President of Resolution Washington, the state-wide coalition of dispute resolution centers.
Suhrbier has led the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (DRC) since November, 2016. The DRC has served Thurston and south Mason Counties residents since 1991 through mediation, group facilitation, training and youth services, serving nearly 5,000 people in the past year.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners, and the Olympia City Council have each proclaimed October as Community Conflict Resolution Month. October 17th has been designated, internationally, as Conflict Resolution Day.
Please join us, and all 21 member of the Resolution Washington network, in celebration of the power of strengthening connections through communication and conflict resolution.
We want to express our gratitude to everyone who helps advance our vision of a South Sound community that has a uses healthy and respectful conflict resolution skills. Your involvement and support - as a volunteer, a donor, a community partner - is making this vision a reality - one connection at a time.
As we strive to strengthen our service capacity in response to increasing and evolving community needs, your advocacy, time and financial support is critical in this effort.
Each year, we help thousands of our neighbors move through conflict with confidence, integrity and respect. This is an achievement worth celebrating - this month and throughout the year.
Thurston County Commissioners Tye Menser (left), John Hutchings (center) and Gary Edwards (right), presented their proclamation for Community Conflict Resolution Month to DRC Board member Robin Campbell and Community Engagement Manager Joe Sanders at their September 24th meeting.
Is there an elephant in your office?Workplace conflict, lack of communication and incivility are common in many organizations, but, too often, ignored or avoided. Unaddressed, they can have significant negative consequences for employers - emotional costs to you and your team, as well as financial costs:
Join us for a special breakfast workshop to learn insights and skills to effectively address workplace conflict.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 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.
Congratulations to Steve Tilley, a member of our DRC Family for more than 20 years, who was honored at our recent annual volunteer appreciation picnic as our Outstanding Volunteer for 2019.
"When we were considering who to honor as this year's outstanding volunteer, the themes that came up in regard to Steve were: his tireless dedication, steady presence, and quiet humility," emphasized DRC Executive Director Jody Suhrbier. "Steve is one of the first people I mediated with as an apprentice. I was then and continue to be impressed by his calm demeanor and genuine interest in a fair process."
"Steve has an authentic interest in ensuring that the processes he uses support long-term health and well-being for those touched by our services - whether that may be a child whose parents are separated or an incarcerated adult seeking to make reparations in our community."
To read a special profile of Steve recently published by Thurston Talk, click here.
The work of the Dispute Resolution Center would not be possible without the efforts of more than 140 volunteers. These dedicated individuals collectively gave more than 5,000 hours of their time in the past year to support the mission of the DRC.
Thank You to all of our volunteers for your dedication to helping create a more civil and peaceful community!
We have a vision at the Dispute Resolution Center of a South Sound community that has and uses healthy and respectful conflict resolution skills. It takes all of us - connected - to make that happen.
The Dispute Resolution Center's new Community Impact Report, "Strengthening Connections", has been published and is being distributed throughout Thurston and Mason Counties.
This year's report highlights the many collaborative partnerships that, collectively, are helping advance our vision and creating a more civil and peaceful community.
We hope you will take a few moments to read the online version of our report.
If you would like to receive printed copies of the report, please contact Joe Sanders, Community Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to all of the individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations who have made an investment in the mission and work of the DRC through their financial, in-kind and service partnership support.
To see a complete list of our 2018 supporters, click here.
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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