BEAVERTON, Ore. – Beaverton’s Dispute Resolution Center recently celebrated 30 years and welcomed a new name. Now known as the Center for Mediation and Dialogue, the program will continue its mission to provide conflict resolution services and restorative justice with a name that reflects the community’s evolved needs.
Initially part of the city’s Neighborhood Program, the center provided mediation services to 13 neighbor disputes in its first year. The center now operates independently in the Mayor’s Office and provides services to nearly 400 cases annually.
The center has also seen a change in the type of services provided. In addition to mediation, facilitation and conflict resolution, the center provides training, workshops and restorative justice.
Serving a leadership role with other statewide organizations, the center plays an active role in shaping policies and work that affect all Oregonians, and places Oregon as an example at the national level.
During the last 30 years, volunteers and staff have worked on more than 8,300 cases, contributing more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service. In the last 10 years, more than 13,550 people have attended workshops or training in conflict resolution skills. More than 95 percent of mediation participants have indicated that they are pleased with the program.
The Center for Mediation and Dialogue provides free, voluntary and confidential service for residents of Beaverton and Washington County east of 185th Avenue. For more information, visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/CMD.