The Good Shepherd Mediation Program, established in 1984, is a neighborhood justice center located in Philadelphia. People in conflict come to the Mediation Program to resolve their disputes through mediation.
Our mission is to empower Philadelphia community residents to creatively search for meaningful and lasting solutions to their conflicts without resorting to crime or violence.
After nearly 100 years of service to delinquent/dependent youth, Good Shepherd Corporation phased out its youth residential programs. In 1982, a needs assessment of the 14th and 35th police districts in Northwest Philadelphia was conducted to identify community concerns. It became apparent that crime and violence resulting from escalating, unresolved disputes - particularly involving youth - were the social problems about which community residents were most concerned. In 1984, Good Shepherd Neighborhood House was established as Philadelphia's first neighborhood justice center, serving the 14th and 35th police districts. Good Shepherd Mediation Program currently offers mediation, and training and consulting services to the Greater Philadelphia area.
Stories from the Green Line (Short Film)
In March 2008, a group of mediators traveled to Israel and the West Bank to hear from the people involved in one of the most intractable conflicts in the world. They listened to religious Jews, secular Jews, Muslims and Christians speak about the Arab-Israeli conflict: how it impacts their lives, their hopes, dreams and prayers for peace. Forty hours of footage has been edited to 50 of the most powerful minutes of the journey.
Good Shepherd Mediation Program receives calls nearly every day from people experiencing conflict with their neighbors. Here’s an example of a neighbor dispute that became horribly violent, leaving one neighbor fatally wounded. One wonders what the outcome would have been if these neighbors had had the opportunity to use mediation to resolve their disagreement.
Good Shepherd Mediation Program is hosting a series of FREE Open Houses to introduce you to who we are, the services we offer to the community and the the benefits of mediation, conflict coaching and conflict resolution education.
On December 12, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Mediation Program Holiday Open House, the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia Religious Leaders Council designated the Mediation Program as a "Zone of Peace."