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In Partnership with St. Paul Attorney's ETHOS program, DRC community volunteers hold restorative conversations between individuals who have committed misdemeanor or low/high-level felony offenses and those impacted by the crime to discuss the incident and determine restitution.

Individuals participate in “community circles of support”, creating alternative sentencing options and a restorative justice process that strengthens accountability and opens a line of communication between the offender and those harmed.  


Individuals who complete the program are able to keep a conviction off their record, avoid fines, and minimize contact with the justice system. Completing the process can lead to a reduction of barriers that could prevent behavior change and future success.

If you are interested in being a Community Member for Diversion, please complete and submit a volunteer intake form HERE. If interested in learning more please email Diversion- or Juvenile -


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DRC community volunteers also provide affordable and pro bono mediation services to the community and conduct mediations for several Ramsey County courts. DRC volunteer mediators do not provide legal advice or case evaluations. Services cover the areas of civil and family law.

Civil law disputes | include housing, harassment, conciliation, contract, neighbor, and other general civil matters.

Family law disputes | include asset/debt division, parenting time, custody, paternity, grandparent or third-party visitation and other general family matters.

Interested in being a volunteer mediator? Please complete and submit the volunteer intake HERE. Are you need in of Community Mediation or Housing Support? Email for more info!


mediation/Housing Support

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This year in 2022, DRC will offer weekly healing circles open to the community on a first-come, first-serve basis. Support groups are FREE and open to the public! Community Healing Circles of Support will cover topics such as current affairs, financial fitness, communication and conflict management, and wellness.

Each circle will enroll up to 20 participants and will meet for 60 to 90 minutes each session using the restorative circle model.

Interested in attending circles?  Email for more info!

Community Healing
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Community healing circles of support

Mediation & Circles

Due to the racial and civil unrest of George Floyd as well as other prolific racial crimes, Minnesota has become the birthplace of a revolution sparking the need to have courageous conversation about the traumas that we have experienced as a community. DRC offers tools and interventions that allow community to safely navigate difficult dialogue regarding injustices and the damaging aftermath created by these challenging situations.


* Check out our upcoming training on our Events page

Interested in learning more?

Email for more info!

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice


Your. Story. Matters. At DRC , we believe that in order to heal forward from the traumas of life, sharing your personal story to help others who have been misrepresented or undervalued, helps bridge the gap towards a more unified, collective healing effort to repair harm.  Our trainings help ALL  types of people from various lifestyles transform relationships in real time! DRC advocates for highly skilled and proficient professionals to be trained in restorative practices to continually repair harm in response to various behaviors and conflicts that impede daily performance and relationships. Restorative work within corporate, educational, non-profit, family, or community settings is focused on learning and implementing the restorative circle process and improving communication skills for disputes. Inquire today on how your organization can become certified in restorative practices!


To schedule a restorative training or workshop, email for more info!

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Restorative training


DRC’s goal is to brainstorm new, creative ideas for youth by engaging them with safe and innovative programming. 

Virtual Weekly Circles of Support for Youth 14-17, 18+ |

FLO/DMX are weekly circles for young women and males that will meet once a week for 6-12 weeks, having conversations around: Connection, wellness, emotions, family struggles, “adulting”, and all things in between! DRC values the strength of youth voice, and we recognize the obstacles that hinder youth from being their best!  Upon successful completion of 12 weekly sessions, an investment of $250 is given to each participant for their time and commitment to self and others. 

Youth Advisory Board |

The purpose of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is to ensure DRC is aligned with what youth envision, and that DRC remains relevant to the wants and needs of young people within our community and organization to heal forward. We are looking for young leaders who are creative, open to new ideas, independent, and looking to grow!  CLICK HERE TO APPLY 

The LAIR Radio | Every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 5pm, DRC partners with WFNU Frogtown Community Radio 94.1 FM as a proactive strategy to deter problematic behavior through conversation, highlighting youth voice while bringing the values of restorative to the foreground of youth’s interactions. Youth will have the opportunity to share with others - dialing in to share their experiences, questions, artistic expressions, and all that is in their hearts to share.

Click here to listen now!

Interested in Radio and want to participate? Email for more info!

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Multilingual &
Multicultural Services

DRC is dedicated to making sure that its services are easily accessible to Minnesotans of all backgrounds, including those who do not speak English as their first language.

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