Our purpose is to nurture the innate wholeness of our community by cultivating healthy relationships and healing harms through circle-related practices of deep listening, honest sharing and personal responsibility to each other and our Earth.
Community is at the center of our work.
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES IN OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS
We believe that the foundation of strong, just and equitable communities is built on shared values of trust, honesty and compassion. The traditional circle dialogues that we employ have been used by indigenous peoples for centuries to peacefully resolve conflict, while honoring the needs, priorities and potential of every member of the community. It is our intention to support the use of this practice wherever conflict and inequity is found in our community – within our schools, justice institutions, workplace, local organizations and homes.
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM
We use a circle-directed, community based approach to dealing with crime, the effects of crime on the victim and our community, and the prevention of crime. A restorative justice process operates from a belief that the path to justice lies in problem solving and healing harms, rather than in retribution and punitive isolation. We believe that those affected by a wrongdoing, including the one who caused the harm and those impacted by those harms, should all have a voice and be given the opportunity to help arrive at an equitable solution. It is important to us that those who committed the wrong be held responsible for their actions.
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM
This process creates a safe, supportive space for children to learn core values of respect, accountability and the importance of acting from a position of empathy and understanding. This translates into healthier relationships with peers, school administrators and teachers, with the result being a more engaged student at all levels.
What do we offer?
We partner with Sonoma County organizations and groups to inspire, train and facilitate circle dialogues, with the goal of resolving conflict, healing harms and giving voice to all members of the community.
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AT OUR CORE...
There is a deep underlying belief
that all community members
add value and enrich the community.
There is systematic effort to hear
and respect all voices.
There is authentic listening and
sharing in the community.
Members speak and listen
from the heart.
There is a conscious and spoken value
placed on positive relationships.
Decisions are made inclusively.
There is an expectation that decisions
and actions will be made “with” each
other, not “for” or “to” one segment
of the community to another.
There is a non-punitive response to wrongdoing when it occurs.
RESTORATIVE RESOURCES is dedicated to a non-hierarchical collaborative organizational structure in alignment with the overall values and philosophy of restorative justice and restorative practices. Members of our “cores” engage in collaborative decision-making, and all levels of the organization have shared accountability for the financial and workplace wellbeing of the entire organization. .