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September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

My association with The dispute Settlement Center began in 1995 when I became the second Executive Director in a then 3 year old organization. During that time we grew beyond our court mediation programs to include peer mediation training in the Norwalk elementary schools and community mediation services through our contacts with the Norwalk community police program. Since that early period, I remained involved with DSC as a volunteer mediator and joined the Board approximately five years ago. I have witnessed the organization grow exponentially in the areas of youth mediation and community education. At this point in time, the DSC has a well deserved reputation as the pre-eminent community mediation agency serving the Fairfield County Area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have participated in the actual peer mediation training programs and derived great joy from seeing the dedicated involvement of students in learning these new techniques for resolving conflicts without violence.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly dedicated people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Disseminate the benefits of mediation farther and wider in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

DSC (The Dispute Settlement Center) helps youth at risk, adults at risk, homeowners at risk, and teaches all involved in the process, the power of mediation as a tool to resolve conflict. In many cases this process is a life changing event for youth at risk, and a tremendous ally to support systems in the education process. The outcome is typically a successful resolution to a conflict, without burdening the judicial system, and without the fallout or expense associated with court proceedings. This organization is staffed by a team of dedicated professionals and para professionals who believe in what they do, and the results speak for themself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the outcome of several conflicts that were successfully resolved through mediation provided by DSC.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 29, 2010

The Dispute Settlement Center in Wilton, Connecticut is a high impact non-profit Community Mediation agency serving a substantial cross-section of individuals, agencies and institutions in Fairfield County, Connecticut. For many years, DSC has helped individuals who have been involved in a wide variety of disputes and conflicts. The number of people who have been positively impacted by DSC has grown into the thousands each year. The help and assistance of skilled Mediators has proven to be an effective resource for all of the many communities in Fairfield County. Included within the scope of the populations served are: students in multiple schools; children in the juvenile justice system; adults in the criminal justice system; and many others who have taken advantage of the mediation and conflict resolution opportunities that DSC provides before engaging in more protracted and expensive litigation. DSC has developed very positive and productive relationships with Chiefs of Police, School Administrators, Court Officials, Judges in both Adult Criminal and Juvenile Courts, Probation Officers, Family Relations Counselors, Attorneys and countless other professionals. It is abundantly clear that DSC contribute enormously to fill the need for social programs and services above and beyond the limits of the services provided by established and existing institutions. This "public-private" partnership between DSC and those existing institutions continues to grow and flourish in Fairfield County largely due to the tireless efforts of a dedictate staff; a very devoted Board of Directors; and the extremely important and generous financial contributions from individuals, agencies, and foundations who share the concern for providing meaningful alternatives for individuals involved in various types of conflicts and disputes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Multiple contexts and have seen the positive impact DSC has had on numerous individuals.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

The Dispute Settlement Center, serving Western CT, is a model agency for the valuable role that mediation can play in the life of communities. DSC works in the schools, in the courts,among neighbors and within families to find constructive, mutally satisfying alternatives to settle disputes. DSC educates young people to resolve conflict through mediation and relieves the courts of ever increasing dockets through mediated settlements.DSC has helped renters and homeowners avoid eviction and foreclosure and given police departments alternative options for handling offenses within communities. Mediation is a humane and thoughtful alternative to resolving disputes and strengthens communities by reducing resentment and recidivism. DSC has documented approaches and data to show the impact and value of its work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through regular review of the the quantitative data that the organization scrupulously maintains.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

The Dispute Settlement Center is a little known non for profit that accomplishes great things. They keep their staff lean and really place as much money into accomplishing their goals. They provide mediation services to assist juveniles avoid going into the court system, set up peer mediation programs in several schools, receive grant money to help people avoid losing their homes in foreclosure and provide affordable mediation services to the community for a whole host of disputes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have evaluated its success at a Board level.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build up it's donor base so they can continue to do the meaningful work that they do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The meaningful work they do and the resources they provide. They accomplish a great deal to resolve disputes on a small budget and make a big difference in the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright, resourceful, educated in their area of expertise, kind and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really make a difference in keeping juveniles out of the court system and setting up mediation programs in several schools in Connecticut which in turn would lower the crime rate dramatically. Also, they would have more funds to keep people in their home

Ways to make it better...

If they had a larger Board in order to help this organization continue to grow.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding is a large challenge in these economic times

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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