Community members sit with a panel of trained volunteers to reflect on what harm their crime has caused; to their victims, themselves, their loved ones, and their community and work together to think about how the harm can be repaired. The community member and the volunteers meet together twice a month for at least three months, longer if desired or necessary.
Referral only program for adult community members placed on probation and sentenced by the court to complete a restorative program.
Referral only program for community members experiencing their first interaction with law enforcement or exhibiting risky behavior; issues that need to be addressed but do not meet the criteria for court involvement.
Fine Reduction is for community members who received a fine from the court and are willing to participate in a restorative panel to receive a substantial reduction to their fines. Referrals can come from the court and from state’s attorneys.
Our bike shop is meant to be a resource for those in need of “wheels” and are possibly experiencing obstacles to driving. The bike shop also is meant to be a space for those in need or with a desire to provide meaningful community service.
Circles of Support & Accountability. “Core members” are individuals reentering the community after being incarcerated, and COSA’s are comprised a panel of trained volunteers who work with the core member as they integrate back into life outside of incarceration. The group meets one hour a week for at least a year, longer if desired. COSA is intended to help the Core Member, the victims of their crime(s), and the community. The main goal of COSA is No More Victims - meaning that the core member, through this program, will change thought processes and behaviours that led to their incarceration. Those changes come from the accountability and support from their panel, that was most likely not there prior to the crime. Research has shown that COSA is effective in lowering recidivism rates in “high risk” cases; meaning that individuals who, when reentering the community after incarceration, are more at risk to reoffend, don’t when they’re apart of a circle of people to support them and hold them accountable.
DRIVe is designed to teach about the human consequences of unsafe, impaired, and/or distracted driving. Participants learn about how unsafe driving affects them, their family and community members. They learn about how decision points relate to driving, and external and internal factors influence motivation for change.