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FCRJ offers thanks for move

Letter to the Editor of the Mountain Mail - Feb 4, 2016

Dear Editor:

Full Circle Restorative Justice members gather in front of their new home at the Chaffee County Courthouse, where they moved Jan. 4. From left front are Sarah Green, Ruth Phillips, Abby the therapy dog, Greg Phillips, Terry Bolte, Dolores the dog and Jess Ervin. Back: Patty LaTaille, Alison Brown, Peter Simonson and Gary Bolte. Ervin recently went from an intern to become the FCRJ program director.

Full Circle Restorative Justice members gather in front of their new home at the Chaffee County Courthouse, where they moved Jan. 4. From left front are Sarah Green, Ruth Phillips, Abby the therapy dog, Greg Phillips, Terry Bolte, Dolores the dog and Jess Ervin. Back: Patty LaTaille, Alison Brown, Peter Simonson and Gary Bolte. Ervin recently went from an intern to become the FCRJ program director.

As the executive director of Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ), I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and great gratitude for the outpouring of recent support that we experienced throughout our recent move to the county courthouse. I am humbled and touched by all the individuals in this community who have helped FCRJ to continue its mission:

FCRJ works to implement restorative practices in the schools and justice system by promoting a peaceful community justice approach to conflict resolution, while helping repair the harm caused by criminal behaviors through a restorative justice process that holds offenders accountable and empowers and heals victims and communities.

Program Coordinator Jess Ervin and intern Sarah Green and I wish to express our sincere appreciation to County Commissioners Frank Holman, Dennis Giese and Dave Potts for their decision to support FCRJ by housing the organization and helping minimize general operating costs.

We are indebted to County Administrator Bob Christiansen for initiating – and together with Dave Henson, director of the Department of Human Services – helping to orchestrate the move to our pleasant and nicely located new office.

The move went smoothly with the support of Building, Grounds and Maintenance Managers Jasmine Bayless and Kevin Andreas from the Touber Building. A big shout-out to Peter Simonson and Brodie White, who physically helped us move in – and Jason LaPointe and JD Longwell who got FCRJ up and running online and with phone service.

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, FCRJ’s funding depends greatly upon grants – together with community and individual donations to maintain sustainability. We are grateful to all of our funders – with a special thank you to the Central Colorado Humanists and Svata Louda – Salida Sunrise Rotary and to all of our business owners and community members who support FCRJ on a regular basis.

FCRJ is fortunate to have our board of directors: Frank Holman, president; JD Longwell, treasurer; Peter Simonson, Alison Brown and Kris Ellisor; together with our greatly “valued volunteers” who serve as RJ facilitators and in many other capacities. FCRJ exists today because of our amazing volunteers – they are our most important resources and we love and appreciate each and every one!

For more information or to donate, please see fullcirclerj.net, call 530-5597 or mail to FCRJ, P.O. Box 699, County Courthouse Third Floor, Salida, CO 81201.

Patty LaTaille, executive director,
Full Circle Restorative Justice

Because justice does not always mean punishment

PO Box 699
County Courthouse Third Floor
Salida, CO 81201
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