Lamoille Restorative Center (LRC) is a nonprofit organization with a 35-year history of serving individuals from the Lamoille Valley. Forty-five volunteers spend approximately 2,500 hours a year meeting with participants, and are a vital part of that community connection.
Programs and Services
Restorative Justice Programs
Restorative justice programs allow for direct community involvement in the resolution of criminal offenses through participation in Restorative Justice Panels, restorative conferences and/or restorative circles. People directly affected by a crime have an opportunity to participate in a justice process where they can articulate their needs, ask questions, seek restorative actions and receive support from their community. Those responsible for a crime can learn about the harm, make amends, and build a positive connection with their community.
Restorative Reentry Programs
These programs enhance community safety as people return to their communities from prison. Services offered include facilitating dialogue between inmates and family to promote healing and reintegration and the opportunity to learn new skills and make amends.
Those who have committed serious offenses may join a Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA), a personalized network of community members who volunteer their time to support the person’s actions as he or she builds a crime-free life.
Conflict Resolution and Community Mediation
LRC offers mediation services to members of the community referred by the State’s Attorney and law enforcement. Mediators work with two or more parties to resolve a dispute and to develop a peaceful solution moving forward.
Court Diversion Program
This is a confidential referral program that offers an alternative to traditional court proceedings. It is available to youth and adults.
Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program (YSASP)
YSASP is a confidential referral program specifically designed for persons aged 16-20 who are caught consuming, possessing, or attempting to obtain alcohol or marijuana.
Balanced and Restorative Justice Program (BARJ) Community Mentor
BARJ is a program designed for high-risk youth who are referred by the Department of Children and Families.
Diversion Driver’s License Reinstatement Program
The Civil DLS Diversion Program is designed to help people regain their driver’s license while they pay off their fines and fees.
Lamoille Valley Truancy Project
Established in 1999, the truancy project assists students, schools, communities, and families to implement strategies that ensure school attendance.
Youth Development Program
This program offers case management services and group supports for youth aged 15-22 in the foster care system with a goal of promoting independent, self-supporting lives as they transition into adulthood.
Jump on Board for Success Program (JOBS)
This program works with youth aged 16-22 who are out of school and have behavioral or emotional challenges. The goal of JOBS is to assist youth in finding and maintaining employment and to support their independence.
To learn more about LRC, or to find out how you can become involved, contact us at (802) 888-5871 or visit us online at www.lrcvt.org