The Community Conflict Assistance Program helps people untangle problems and find solutions that really work for them. The Montpelier Community Justice Center (MCJC) also teaches skills for resolving conflict effectively and peacefully.
"I saw a huge problem melt away."
How We Help
We understand that it can be difficult to talk with people when you disagree with them. We have years of experience helping people communicate, negotiate, and reach agreements they can live with.
"It was a very volatile situation--and now there is a really nice sense of community."
If you are having differences with others about
Barking or roaming dogs
Boundaries or permits
Noise, light, or odors
Parking, snow removal, or shared driveways
If you're tired of arguments that seem to go nowhere, we can help you
Create a solution that works
Have better communication in the future
Stop feeling so upset
When someone with a conflict asks for help, we
Find a comfortable way for people to come together and talk about solutions to the problem
Follow through until everyone agrees that the matter is settled
Help people think through their options
Keep the conversation productive, act as a go-between
Why It Works
The solutions you create with others have a better chance of working than decisions handed by down by courts or other authorities. You can settle the matter faster and without the expense of a lawsuit.
"I learned that I contribute to conflict more than I was aware of. I need to sit back and listen...conflict really does provide opportunity."
What It Costs
There is no cost if at least one person is a Montpelier resident. It starts with a phone call. Call Yvonne Byrd at 802-262-6260 or email for a confidential conversation. We'll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and offer you choices about how to use our services.