Letter to the Editor: LARJP celebrating successful year
The Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is bringing to a close what has been an extraordinary year; perhaps the best year since its founding in 2004. There has been a 50% increase in the number of cases referred to LARJP for intervention. We recently added seven volunteers to what is now a roster of 17 trained facilitators and two new board members.
We successfully applied for and received four major grants, including a grant and recognition as the statewide nonprofit of the year by the Minnesota Electric Co-ops.
Most importantly, our efforts to "repair the harm and build the community" have inspired young people and the community to realize that good things can come from mistakes when people care enough to bring all the players together, acknowledge the harm done and agree to make amends.
We sincerely appreciate all who have helped LARJP write this year's success story, but we want to especially thank the Pineandlakes Echo Journal for the exceptional coverage we've had this year. The quality and quantity of the coverage we've had was a great example of the value the printed word has in building community.
It takes the positive ripples of "what goes around, comes around" and makes them into waves. LARJP looks forward to its best year ever in 2020, "repairing the harm and building the community" with your continued support and encouragement.
John F. McGee,
Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project