Community Mediation Center
History and Background
The Good Shepherd Mediation Program, established in 1984, is a neighborhood justice center located in the Germantown section of 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.
CELEBRATE CONFLICT RESOLUTION DAY 2014 -- OCTOBER 16
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ALL NEWSGood Shepherd Mediation Program News
January 2, 2015
Good Shepherd Mediation Program (GSMP), Philadelphia's only, nonprofit community mediation center, received a grant from the JAMS Foundation to design and implement a series of conflict resolution education workshops for children with a parent who is incarcerated or returning from prison.
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September 8, 2014
Good Shepherd Mediation Program is introducing regular open houses this Fall (usually twice a month). The open houses are informal opportunities for community members to learn more about mediation and other alternative dispute resolution practices in general, and GSMP programs and services, trainings/workshops for youth and adults and volunteer opportunities in particular.
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July 16, 2014
Good Shepherd Mediation Program proudly honored three Shepherds of Peace honorees: Homer Floyd, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Seth Rozin, playwright, and founder and producing artistic director of InterAct Theatre Company; and Michael Viola, Esq., Family Law Staff Attorney for Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program), Partner, Shainberg & Viola, PC and a loyal GSMP volunteer mediator. The honorees were recognized at the 8th Annual Shepherds of Peace Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, October 15, at The Union League of Philadelphia.
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