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Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center

Oregon's USDA Certified Agricultural Mediation Program

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Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and receives funding from local, state, and federal organizations, as well as private donors, in order to provide low-cost conflict resolution and education services.  Our mediators and facilitators are highly trained volunteers dedicated to helping people solve problems and resolve conflict.  We strive to create positive conversations and a safe environment for settling disputes, as well as education and training opportunities.

Browse our Programs to learn how we can assist in your specific situation.

You can also call us to learn more: (541) 386-1283 or (888) 628-4101

The Six Rivers DRC physical office is closed to the general public; services are currently offered virtually or by phone. Staff are operating with reduced in-office hours. Many of us are working remotely and aiming to be responsive while adjusting to a new normal. Inquiries and requests for mediation are increasing as well. Thank you for your patience in our response and please expect the earliest date for a scheduled mediation to be approximately 3 weeks out. Thank you for your patience in our response!

Six Rivers Commitment to Justice

We embrace conflict for what it is; intense energy focused on something that needs to change. As mediators, we are neutral on the solution but not neutral on human values. Six Rivers stands with those rising for equity and equality. We support the following goals of the Black Lives Matter Foundation:

• “We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.”

• “We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.”

• “We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”

The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation. As a society we have systems in conflict and therefore, in need of change. Entire races of people are excluded from decision-making.

Six Rivers operates on the grassroots side of peacemaking every day, all day. We accomplish this by providing forums for dialogue and deliberation, for personal and interpersonal self-determination. Yet we know that the interpersonal is only one aspect of making change come to reality. We value and support organizations doing more systemic work. We, as a society, must do more. Six Rivers will do more. Six Rivers commits to the following changes immediately:

Representation: We will expand our Board of Directors to include more members and more voices from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community, as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

Education: We will deliver opportunities for dialogue and discovery in the topics of culture and oppression.

Restorative Justice: We will expand options for local schools and organizations to build internal discipline, responsibility, and empowerment with collaborative restorative practices.

Internships: We will redirect funding to create internships for local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color youth to expand their skills in leadership, conflict resolution, and empathy-building.

Community integration: We will prioritize anti-racism projects and integrate with existing programs. We cannot accomplish this alone. We honor our community by sharing our tools and training volunteers. We empower neighbors and friends to become peacemakers.

Current Safety Policies During the COVID-19 Outbreak

We are here for you, helping clients over the phone and online. During this period of uncertainty and stress, it is helpful to seek ways to use effective communication skills, be flexible, and open to new ideas. The unique role of community mediation centers is anchored in a belief that through connection and curiosity, we find opportunity, understanding, and meaningful ways to creatively solve problems. We also find ways to strengthen our relationships and care for one another, even if from a distance. We are not alone. We are a community.

We have assembled current resources to help your mental health and well-being, how to help your kids deal with this public health situation, and more. These resource lists are available here.

We take the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff seriously. Therefore, our physical office is closed to the general public. However, facilitated communication is absolutely essential in this environment, so we continue to provide conflict analysis, coaching, mediation, and conflict resolution services via phone and/or web conference. All in-person services are paused. Trainings will be provided via web conference when possible.

Thank You United Way of the Columbia Gorge

UW

Thanks to United Way of the Columbia Gorge, special funding is infusing local schools with Restorative Practices programming, helping develop conflict resolution skills, frustration tolerance, and connected school community.

Mediation Family Mediation Workplace Mediation Agricultural Mediation Youth Mediation Foreclosure Mediation Neighbor Facilitation Education and Trainings Conflict Coaching

Frustrated?  Stressed?  Need help identifying ways to move forward?  Explore our website to learn how we can help.

Mission Statement

By establishing a forum where each party is heard, we teach listening.

By creating an environment where each party can speak, we teach communication.

By developing processes that seek resolution, we teach the importance of dialogue.

By building these processes into a method of mediating disputes we teach citizenship.