FORT COLLINS, CO – The City of Fort Collins Mediation & Restorative Justice Services office (MRJS) is offering quarterly open houses to city residents in 2017 to help increase community awareness of these important programs.
The next open house is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1 from 5 – 6 p.m. at the MRJS office at 112 N. Howes St. MRJS staff will give a short presentation to explain the programs. The City’s Mediation program provides free, confidential conflict resolution services to Fort Collins residents. The program aims to provide a safe, effective, neutral environment where residents are able to create their own win-win solution with the aid of our trained volunteer mediators.
The City’s Restorative Justice Services offers a court diversion option to youth offenders that promotes resolution for victims and repairs the community harm caused by the offender’s actions. The program strongly encourages offender accountability, personal development and re-integration so that youths can return to productive community life with clean records. Participants range in age from 10-22 years and have typically committed a misdemeanor offense such as shoplifting, trespassing or damaging someone’s property. The program also relies heavily on volunteers; the program’s 66 volunteers donated a total of 2,310 hours in 2016.