Dispute resolution centers join forces to keep the peace

They are raising awareness of conflict resolution services, including mediation, training, and education

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— A new alliance has formed to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Three nonprofit agencies — Dispute Resolution Center, Common Ground Dispute Resolution, and Mediation Center of Dutchess County — have joined to create Hudson Valley Alternative Dispute Resolution. The new alliance will raise awareness of the services provided by the three centers. It covers seven counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster.

“We’re grateful to The Dyson Foundation for their generosity in funding this project, and we’ve enjoyed collaborating with the other two centers during the past year,” said Donna Ramlow, Executive Director of Dispute Resolution Center, the lead agency. "Kelley Briggs and her team at DesignworksNY were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition."

Hudson Valley ADR provides the public with an easier way to resolve and prevent conflict through mediation, education, and training.

Jane Cottrell, executive director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, said, "the need for our services is universal and this effort will help us share the benefits of our services to all of those seeking help in finding solutions.“

Dawn Wallant, executive director at Common Ground Dispute Resolution, added, “Thanks to the generosity and forward-thinking support of The Dyson Foundation, and the clear and focused energies of partners, we are excited to announce this venture to our community.“

For more information, please see sidebar or visit HudsonValleyADR.org and @HudsonValleyADR.

Derby Day fundraiser

GOSHEN — The Dispute Resolution Center's eight annual derby will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall, 240 Main St., Goshen.
This night at the races will benefit DRC programs that help families, youth and communities. Food, beverages, beer, wine and dessert are included in the $50 ticket price.
For more information visit http://bit.ly/2wWNZRw.

About mediation

What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential settlement process in which participants work together with a neutral/impartial mediator to find a solution. It is free or low cost, informal, and non-adversarial.
What can be mediated?
Family issues involving extended families; youth; relationships; or the elderly
Youth and school issues with students; teachers, districts, parents; or guardians
Community issues for neighbors; landlords; tenants; consumers; merchants; or farmers
Workplace issues or employees; employers; businesses; or organizations
Any disagreement or conflict can be mediated so long as it is non-violent
Why mediate?
Stay in control of the outcome
Participate in the decision-making
Avoid going to court
Save time and money
Settle disagreements peacefully
Who are the mediators?
Mediators are members of your community who come from all walks of life, including educators, business professionals, lawyers, counselors, retirees, and seniors. They share a strong desire to assist others in resolving conflict, and are great listeners and communicators who are skilled at guiding people through conflict resolution processes with neutrality, confidentiality, sensitivity, compassion and fairness. Mediators receive professional training and are required to participate in continuing educational classes.
What about attorneys?
It isn’t necessary to have an attorney present during mediation. Attorneys can be consulted at any point during the process.
What does it cost?
Most of DRC’s mediation services are offered free with a nominal one-time administrative fee. Moderate and affordable fees are charged for classes, training programs and couples mediation.
Source: Dispute Resolution Center: drcservices.org.

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