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Thirty and Thriving

Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan (DRCWM) is pleased to announce our 3RD Annual Celebration of International Conflict Resolution Day. Join us Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the THE BOB-EVE, 20 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. The event’s theme is “Thirty and Thriving.” Emcee, the Honorable Sara Smolenski will lead us in celebrating the vision of the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan and recognizing outstanding local peacemakers.

The purpose of “Thirty and Thriving” is to raise funds for our center and to increase awareness of the services we offer. We want people and organizations to know we’re here to help them resolve differences and restore relationships. We serve seven counties: Kent, Ionia, Lake, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola. Tickets for this event are $45 per person and will offer attendees a delicious buffet, a cash bar, raffle prizes, networking opportunities and live music.

What/Who This Event Supports:
DRCWM is part of a network of independent Michigan Community Dispute Resolution Centers. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and our mission is to bring peaceful resolution to conflict by providing expert and affordable mediation and training services. You can find information about the types of mediation we do and a great explanation of the mediation process on our website at

Target Audience:
Conflict resolution is helpful in all organizations and at every socio-economic level. For this reason, our audience is diverse. We are targeting attorneys, courts, schools, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, businesses, corporations, and community leadership in West Michigan.

How The Dollars Are Used/Long-Range Impact:
DRCWM provides low- and no-cost mediation services to help resolve disputes within and outside the court system. We also provide restorative practices training and on-site facilitation at local schools to help students and schools avoid unnecessary suspension days. Our services bring groups and individuals together to create their own solutions for win-win agreements in the workplace, schools, communities, and home. We rely on grants and donations to continue our mission of providing affordable training and mediation services.

Thirty and Thriving