Submitted by Communities for Restorative Justice
An exciting 5-day Online Auction benefiting Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is running from September 18-22, 2013! You can bid and win a wonderful wealth of items from the comfort of your own home or office. To browse, register or bid go to https://www.biddingforgood.com/c4rj.
Auction items include vacations at resorts in Crete, Antigua, Barbados and Las Vegas; a South African Safari for two; ski lift tickets at Mohawk Mountain; golf for two at an exclusive Ft. Myers, FL country club; a five course themed dinner for six people with wine pairings at a private Concord home, and more.
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), a Concord non-profit, began in 2000 and has spread to 11 towns since then. Concord was joined by Carlisle at first. Now Acton, Arlington, Ayer, Bedford, Boxborough, Cambridge, Groton, Littleton, Stow and Wellesley have signed on.
C4RJ partners with local police to bring offenders, victims, as well as other affected community members together in a group setting called a “circle,” not in a courtroom. What distinguishes restorative justice is the fact it recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just the law. Participation in C4RJ is voluntary. At meetings led by trained community volunteers, those affected by crime have an opportunity to share their stories and agree by consensus on meaningful repair — from paying for damages to community service, from writing letters of apology to examining decision making, or seeking counseling services.
Please support C4RJ and benefit yourself through this online auction! For more information about C4RJ, check out www.c4rj.com
About Communities for Restorative Justice
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a non-profit community-police partnership headquartered in Concord that offers restorative justice to those affected by crime. Our “circle” process recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just a violation of law. We receive police referrals and seek to include those affected by crime in the decision-making: victims, offenders, loved ones, supporters, community members, and law enforcement officials.
C4RJ took its first case in 2000 and has offered restorative justice in nearly 600 cases in Greater Boston. The organization is driven by scores of trained volunteers, is guided by a 13-member board, and employs an executive director and support staff. Expenses center around our four-person staff and training of police officers and volunteers; our office is in the Concord Police Department.
Our mission is to provide regional communities with a complement to the traditional judicial system wherein: Victims of crime are given the opportunity to address the person(s) who have harmed them, to ask questions in a safe environment, and to share ideas on ways that the harm can be repaired.
- Offenders better understand the impact of their actions, are held accountable, and encouraged to make amends to those they have harmed.
- The community offers support for the process, strengthening community connections, and engaging in matters of concern to its members.
C4RJ is currently active in the communities of Acton, Arlington, Ayer, Bedford, Boxborough, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Groton, Littleton, Stow and Wellesley. We have a 3400 person mailing list and we send out 3 newsletters per year. Our funding comes from a few foundation grants, an annual appeal to individual donors, and our online auction supported by people and organizations like yours. Please see www.c4rj.com for further information. Thank you!