Who We Are
CCR has a 40-year track record of working with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict.
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The Center for Conflict Resolution's mission is to work with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict.
The Center for Conflict Resolution is an equal opportunity service provider that values the richness of Chicagoland’s diverse communities and emphasizes inclusiveness. The Center provides our client base with quality mediation services regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class or socioeconomic status, age, religion, national origin, disability, professional background or other characteristics. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve in our staff, our board and our volunteers.
THE HISTORY OF THE CENTER FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION
In 1979, the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association supported the creation of a not-for-profit corporation to aid the Chicago community in effectively handling disputes. Originally known as the Neighborhood Justice of Chicago, the Center for Conflict Resolution opened in a storefront in Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood to help people resolve their conflicts through mediation.
More than 40 years later, the Center for Conflict Resolution has program sites throughout Cook County, is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors and relies on a full-time staff of twenty-three and approximately 180 active volunteer mediators who mediate 90% of CCR's cases. In the past five years alone, CCR mediated over 10,000 cases and provided conflict management training to thousands of individuals.
CCR BELIEVES IN
Providing the highest quality conflict resolution services.
Helping people in conflict arrive at their own solutions.
Being responsive to the needs of the broad community it serves.
Granting access to its services to all people regardless of means or identity.
Valuing its clients, volunteers and staff as essential to fulfilling its mission.
Broadening awareness of the general public of the substantial benefits of conflict resolution.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW MEDIATION WORKS!
Rae Kyritsi, Programs Director at CCR is interviewed by Karen Conti on WGN:
HELPING FRIENDS MAKE AMENDS
Kiera and Lawrence were referred to mediation after Kiera sued Lawrence for money owed from a canceled vacation. The mediator quickly realized that the money didn’t matter very much to the parties – their conflict was really about feelings of betrayal and miscommunication.
After the mediator guided them through reflective exercises, both parties agreed that they cared much less about the travel refund than saving their long-time friendship. In the last few minutes of the mediation, they settled their pending court case.
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THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE
IN THE MEDIA
2021 ANNUAL REPORT
Each year, CCR serves more than 5,000 clients through more than 20 mediation programs including small claims, evictions, foreclosure, family/parenting and community disputes.
CCR also trains more than 500 individuals annually in mediation and conflict management/communication skills.
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