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.
The Center for Community Justice invites you to our newest event, 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.
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.