From left: Richard Leake, Julie Fischer (neipjc coordinator) Chris Kelly, Mary Jorgensen, Lynne Sootheran. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
If you are stuck in a conflict and don't know what to do, consider mediation.
The staff of Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (NEIPJC) believes mediation of conflicts offers the opportunity for more peaceful and long-lasting solutions.
Mediation is a neutral, confidential process involving two or more parties in a dispute, and a neutral mediator. The mediator facilitates the conversation and helps generate solutions, but does not make the decisions or offer legal advice. It is up to the parties themselves to make the decision on a final agreement.
First United Methodist Church in Decorah has provided start-up funding for mediation services, allowing NEIPJC to makes provisions to have mediation accessible to all, regardless of their ability to pay.
For a list of mediators in the Decorah area, log on to neipjc.org, or call 563-382-5337. Potential clients should contact one of the mediators for more information.