National Conflict Resolution Center Opens Center for Community Cohesion

National Conflict Resolution Center Opens Center for Community Cohesion
September, 2016 Client News

SAN DIEGO, CA – Sept. 14, 2016 – In a public/private partnership between the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, several local foundations and the National Conflict Resolution Center, NCRC announces the opening of its first Center for Community Cohesion (CCC) in Southeast San Diego, a community space helping bring cohesiveness, strength, resiliency and support for San Diegans of all backgrounds and cultures.

The 1300-square-foot nonprofit center will provide a forum for diverse community building, individual and collective learning opportunities, and educational trainings. Some of the CCC’s goals in its first year include: helping Lincoln High School become a model for restorative schools in San Diego, improving communication between at-risk youth and law enforcement, and providing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated to transition successfully back into the community. The CCC is a place where everyone is welcome, accepted and never leaves without a sense of belonging. The CCC continues NCRC’s innovative work to help resolve conflicts at all levels of society.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to further serve the community through the Center for Community Cohesion,” said Steven P. Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center. “The Center is a response to community needs, an outlook for a brighter future, and a strategy for a stronger community. NCRC is grateful for the generosity of our partners and funders who have helped bring the Center to fruition.”

The official opening for the Center for Community Cohesion took place on Wednesday, Sept. 14 with speeches and a ribbon-cutting with representatives from the National Conflict Resolution Center, Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, San Diego Unified School District, and other elected officials, school administrators and community members. The building officially opened to the public on June 1, 2016 and is located at 222 Euclid. Ave, Suite 110 in San Diego

NCRC’s Center for Community Cohesion will continue to provide the communications tools to deal with and manage conflict to unite the Southeast San Diego community and beyond. NCRC has a long-term goal of opening additional Centers for Community Cohesion around San Diego in future years.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:

  • The CCC’s vision is to bring the community together cohesively via three major initiatives: Education, public safety and equitable access to services.
    • Some of the goals of the CCC during its first year of operation are:
      • To help Lincoln High School become a model of restorative practices in schools.
      • To improve communication between at-risk youth and law enforcement officers providing more positive encounters and increased trust.
      • To provide more opportunities for individuals re-entering back into the community from incarceration, decreasing recidivism.
  • NCRC’s approach to helping youth stay out of the prison system is one of the most unique in the country due to its comprehensiveness.
  • In the month of July alone, the CCC has supported about 300 people.
  • The CCC is a place where members of the community can have their challenges heard, find ways to confront differences in a civil manner and receive support through community partner referrals and wraparound services.
  • The CCC is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is available to the public for pre-scheduled use for CCC programs on evenings and weekends based on availability. It is staffed by five employees, four interns and a host of community volunteers.
  • The services provided at the CCC are 100 percent FREE to the community.
  • The CCC has been generously funded through the support of numerous community collaborators. To donate to programs that support the Center please contact Lisa Cole-Jones at 619-238-2400 Ext: 222 or lcolejones@ncrconline.com.

CONTACT INFO FOR THE PUBLIC:

  • Website: www.ncrconline.com – “Click Community Services”
  • Phone: 619-642-2055 Center for Community Cohesion direct line
    619-238-2400 National Conflict Resolution Center main line

OTHER REMARKS ON THE CCC OPENING:

Sheriff Bill Gore
“The Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison program is innovative, forward-looking, and essential to keeping people out of the cycle of incarceration,” commented Sheriff Bill Gore. “Our approach with inmates has always been restorative in the sense of providing education, training, and skills to help them become productive members of society upon their release from jail. We are proud to work with NCRC and the community on a program that will begin to help people stay out of jail in the first place.”

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
“Holding youth offenders accountable doesn’t always mean prosecuting them in juvenile court and putting them in juvenile hall,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. “We need more places like NCRC’s Center for Community Cohesion that provide second chances and opportunities for young offenders to get access to alternative forms of justice. We appreciate and support their efforts and we are a proud partner in this project.”

Felicia Singleton, San Diego Unified School District
“There is an abundance of beauty, resilience and pride in my community that is often overshadowed by stories, articles and news segments that only tell a portion of our life in Southeast San Diego,” said Felicia Singleton, a representative from the San Diego Unified School District. “As a proud 3rd generation resident of this community and graduate of Lincoln High School, I know that the human spirit is alive and well and I am hopeful that the Center for Community Cohesion will be a platform where our diversity, strength and unity will be showcased and celebrated in a way that will change negative perceptions for the better.”

About the National Conflict Resolution Center
National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities around the world manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, NCRC serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors – regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization’s mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved.

NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. With more than 30 years of experience and over 20,000 cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. To learn more, donate or volunteer please call 619-238-2400 or visit www.ncrconline.com. Connect with NCRC on Facebook and Twitter.

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