August 14, 2014


CCJ empowers Elkhart County by using Restorative Justice to heal the harm caused by crime, strengthen conflict resolution skills, and engage a stronger community. The Center for Community Justice is rooted in the principles of Restorative Justice, assisting Elkhart County through Restorative Mediation and Facilitation, Restorative Reentry work and Restorative Training.

The basic principles of Restorative Justice are:

• Wrong doing/misconduct is in reality a violation of people and interpersonal relationships.

• Violating relationships results in obligations to repair the harm created.

• These obligations need to be met in order for people to move forward in a healthy way.

Upcoming Events:

Mediation Training May 3-5 2018 @ Prairie St. Mennonite Church
May 3 – May 5 all-day

Participants will learn mediation process over two half days and a whole day of training. We will teach communication skills through a Restorative Justice lens, focusing on engaging stakeholders in a process to identify and work toward repairing harm caused by wrongdoing, misconduct, or conflict.

The three parts of the training are:
Thursday, May 3 5:00 pm -8:00 pm.
Friday, May 4 9:00 am -5:00 pm.
Saturday, May 5 9:00 am -2:00 pm.

To register, follow this link or contact the Center for Community Justice.

Green Butterfly Gala @ Wellfield Botanical Gardens
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Center for Community Justice invites you to our newest event presented by Wellfield Botanic Garden and 523 Grill and Tap, The Green Butterfly Gala on May 10, 2018 at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. It will feature an evening of live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and both live and silent auctions with art and art-based experience packages. We will showcase art created by local artists, including students from local high schools, and each piece will speak to the artist’s unique personal interpretation of Restorative Justice. In addition, we will engage in a Drumming Circle that seeks to build a sense of stronger community, if only for one night. Our hope is that each of us will go forward with a desire for more connectivity in the future.

Experience the Powerful Transformation of Restorative Justice Actualized Through Art

 Tickets are now on sale for  75/each.
Get your ticket here: Gala tickets

Corporate sponsorship is critical for the success of The Green Butterfly Gala and The Center for Community Justice, which serves Elkhart County through programs based on the principles of Restorative Justice. By providing victims, offenders, and community members the opportunity to discuss the harm caused by conflicts and wrongdoings, we strive for a more connected and stronger community.

For information on our sponsorship packages and how to partner with us for this event:
click here or contact Tanzie Nielsen at