Restorative Justice New Home

OK. A new home for emotional home repair.

What a change form the old office and its sterile meeting room. The Restorative/Collaborative Justice group I volunteer for, has moved up to larger quarters. Tomorrow I get to do some painting of a particularly dirty room in an otherwise great house.

The home atmosphere will be better for the families who come in. Just moving from two box rooms, to a whole large house has done wonders. The meeting spaces can be more dedicated. Families who have had violence or other abuse, hardly need go to another place that seemed to treat them as an afterthought as well. Sometimes place and setting are quite important tools in enabling folks to feel more open to the kinds of changes required by this process of restoration.

Got the paint today, and brought most of the tools over.

Now the painting is done. The room had many pipes, that made “cutting in” longer than usual. Well, that and a lot of big stuff was put in there. Now the whole place looks quite acceptable.

From two smallish rooms like this;

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Which necessitated many meetings in church and community facilities-

To this big main room (once was a casino) with several satellite rooms for everyone to do their thing in Restorative Justice. This particular program is the only one of its kind in the nation, but may well become a prototype for other kinds of emotional restoration.

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