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MCRC celebrates Howard County Volunteer of the Year Jim Poole at the 2014 CMM Gala

 jim and audrey2014 VOTY

MCRC is proud to honor our own Jim Poole as the Howard County Volunteer of the Year! MCRC staff Kathy Rockefeller and Stephanie Klein celebrated with their family members, Jim, his wife Audrey, current volunteers, and former MCRC staff at the annual Community Mediation Maryland Gala. We were glad to be joined by Nancy Gebhart, Pat Boyd, Dennis Gilbert, Lindsay Kreisher (and her husband, Mike, and daughter, Emma) as we helped CMM celebrate 15 years. Our MCRC contribution to the silent auction benefiting CMM was excellent! Thanks to Eileen Dickson, Elizabeth Chazottes, Stephanie Klein, and Kathy Rockefeller for your generous assistance. Thanks also to Tim Johnson for making the MCRC table purchase possible, and to Charles Franklin and Dennis Gilbert for wonderful silent auction donations.

MCRC participates in Legislative Education Day with mediation centers from around the state


Program Coordinator Stephanie Klein led our Howard County contingent (including Dennis Gilbert, Tim Johnson and Sam Sherman) to join other mediators from around the state at this year's Legislative Education Day, organized by CMM. Our volunteers met with legislators and their staff to remind them about the great work we do and how they can refer their constituents to our center.

MCRC celebrates our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event


This year's  Volunteer Appreciation event was a fun evening of acknowledgement and community, as well as chance to honor Dennis Gilbert's retirement and welcome Stephanie Klein!

MCRC is awarded the Social Justice and Human Rights Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

MCRC Volunteers

The volunteers of MCRC received the Social Justice and Human Rights Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at a lovely brunch held at the Columbia Sheraton in October, 2013! Volunteers Jim Poole and Jane Porter joined Maria Harrison and Kathy Rockefeller to bask in the glory of the event. We were tickled to also welcome Jim’s little brother, Brandon Oliverus, and to recognize two more MCRC volunteers in the room: Loyce Pickett and Chelsea Knox Brown. Congratulations again, to all, and thanks to volunteer Jim Collins and his AKA wife, Marilyn, for suggesting that we apply.

AKA AwardJim Poole

MCRC's Director Kathy Rockefeller is presented the 2013 "Celebrating Successes" Award!


On April 30, Kathy Rockefeller, Director of HCC’s Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center, was honored with a “Celebrating Successes” Award, in the category of High School. In its 14th Year, the Celebrating Successes awards recognize members of the community that are “committed to the success of our children and youth.” Individuals and groups are nominated by programs within Howard County, and winners are chosen by a panel of community judges. The awards were announced at a reception hosted by the Department of Citizen Services’ Office of Children’s Services at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Kathy received the award thanks to a joint nomination from three of MCRC’s school partners, The Homewood Center, Oakland Mills High School, and Hammond High School. Thanks to their progressive and insightful leadership and staff, these schools have been working, with MCRC and its volunteers, to become more restorative.

MCRC is a state leader in “Restorative Practices,” a broad umbrella of techniques and processes being used in many fields, most notably, conflict resolution, education, juvenile justice and social work. They offer a fresh perspective on addressing harms, and they work! Some restorative processes, such as Circles, are used regularly to build community. This community helps to eliminate the social anonymity in which people are most likely to act badly. Using that community force, other restorative tools are then used to address specific harms committed by a member of that community. Restorative processes hold the person who offended the community directly accountable to that community for what he or she did. People are required to put things right before rejoining the community. Restorative practices do not eliminate traditional “consequences,” but greatly reduce the number of times they are needed. Restorative practices clear a do-able path back into community that helps reduce the stigmatization and further isolation of the offender, the very conditions that promote re-offending.

MCRC is all about community! All of our services, direct and indirect, support and heal the community around us:
• Community Mediation and Group Facilitation restore community by supporting productive and peaceful dialogue
• Restorative Dialogue and Restorative Reflections provide juveniles (referred by HCPD’s Youth Services following a first arrest) a way to understand what they did wrong and why it mattered, so that they can be diverted from the juvenile justice system
• Prison Re-entry Mediation offers offenders nearing release from the Howard County Detention Center a way to plan the support they need for successful re-entry into community
• Restorative Practices in Schools are building community at The Homewood Center (now fully restorative, enjoying wonderful statistical results), Oakland Mills High School (detention now “Community School”), and Hammond High School (detention now “Strategy School.”)

MCRC serves all of Howard County, and its services are free of charge. If you are experiencing a conflict, call 443-518-1888. Calls and cases are completely confidential, and participation is always voluntary.


MCRC Receives 2013 Access to Justice Award

MCRC, along with other Maryland community mediation centers, received the
2013 Access to Justice Award for its re-entry work and district court partnership. 

The Hon. Robert M. Bell -- Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals,
Lorig Charkoudian -- Executive Director of Community Mediation Maryland,
The Hon. Irma S. Raker -- Chair, Maryland Access to Justice Commission

Conflict Resolution Day 2012

Conflict Resolution Day 2012

Howard Community College celebrated Conflict Resolution Day with a variety of learning and participatory activities, including "Peace Chains;" Restorative Justice tree contributed by Tim Johnson's RJ class at HCC; informational brochures on HCC's AA degree in Conflict Resolution, and the Mediation Services offered through MCRC. Volunteer mediators and MCRC staff contributed snacks and engaged in lively conversation with students and staff.