Support for responding, reacting or restorative-ing.
St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program utilizes the principles and process of Restorative Justice to address public health issues of impaired driving, underage consumption, controlled substance use, disorderly conduct, and other conflicts/crimes that are referred and appropriate for Restorative Justice. We’ve developed a strong program utilizing community members, storytelling and Restorative Justice Circles.
RJ – Restorative Justice – is vicitm-centered, in a world of process for offenders. The discipline, sanction, punishment models are very different, however a source of referrals, and an introduction of a harmful incident to a Restorative process.
Case flow from incident to SCVRJP. SCVRJP has grown to be a trusted and effective option for many. For others, the program is not utilized, dismissed or misunderstood. As the Executive Director, I carry a great deal of passion about the work we do. I am a true believer in Restorative Justice. I get to make important decisions on a daily basis about responding or reacting. I train our volunteers and I seek to live the values of RJ and utilize Respect, Responsibility and Relationship as best I can.
Others might be faced with similiar challenges of feeling undervalued, dismissed or misunderstood. These may root from the intentional or UNintentional actions of others. They may root from your own perceptions, expereinces or lenses. Recent tragic events may trigger your need to do more, say more, right the wrong. For that, I’d like to share a resource I discovered – LINK. You’ll find some strategic advice, and a poem that I wanted to share:
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.
So: You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.