Building Community . . . 

Peace by Peace

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Welcome to the Center for Community Peacemaking, 
formerly LAVORP (Lancaster Area Victim Offender Reconciliation Program). 
With volunteers and supporters like you, we have been creating a culture of peace in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area through restorative justice and conflict resolution processess that redefine traditional notions of justice and crime:

  • Victim-Offender Conferencing has for twenty years provided a successful process for those who are harmed by crime and those who offender to "make things." The vast majority report a successful meeting with more than 70% of youth offenders not re-offending.
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  • Making Peace (Strategies in Conflict Resolution) offers youth an opportunity to learn nonviolence skills to handle crises and work more closely with their parents.
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  • Peacemaking Circles offers any group throughout the community a means of collectively resolving their conflict using common values toward a mutually discerned solution.
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  • Circles of Support and Accountability offers mentoring support for former sexual offenders to decrease the change of re-offending (70% success accordeing to research), a program patterned after successful models in Canada and California.
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Justice is served in these programs through facilitated face-toface encounters, communication and accountability. It's a justice that restores relationships and makes our community whole. This "restorative justice" reduces victimization and recidivism, changing lives to make our communities genuinely safer in the short- and long-term.
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We wlcome your participation as a volunteer, friend and supporter of this profoundly life-changing work.
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Christopher Fitz
Executive Director
 
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LATEST NEWS:
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(Nov 24, 2014) THANKS for your participation in Lancaster's ExtraGive! You helped set a record of 87 gifts and $8,025 to the Center for Community Peacemaking in one day.
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With some $500 of additional "stretch funds" from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, we are thrilled to apply this support to honor the legacy of recently retired Executive Director Jon Singer and propel us forward to expand restorative justice programming.
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Thank you, Lancaster -- and those beyond -- for making this a successful day for peacemaking!
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Missed the ExtraGive? Your gift can still count toward our year-end totals. Just click the blue "Donate Now" button on the left sidebar.
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