Welcome to Dispute Resolution
Conflict is a natural part of life; conflicts occur in everyone’s lives. When a dispute overwhelms you, when it strains you financially or emotionally, when you want to solve a disagreement before it gets out of hand…it may be time to seek help. Often conflicts can be constructively resolved with the help of your local mediation service.
Since 1993, we have served the citizens of Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties by providing mediation, facilitation, and conflict resolution training. We are here to listen with respect and empathy to your personal concerns, and we tailor our services to meet the needs of callers whenever possible. Affordable fees are charged for some services, but the center is committed to providing services to all citizens of the E.U.P. apart from their ability to pay.
The Center is a non-profit which receives grant funds from the Michigan Supreme Court’s State Court Administrative Office’s Community Dispute Resolution Program, some fees for service, and your donations. The Center holds at least two large fundraisers annually.
The majority of the Center’s services are provided by trained and experienced volunteers. The Center employs three part-time employees including an Executive Director, Case Manager & Administrative Assistant. The Board of Directors are volunteers serving without any stipends. We provide a friendly voice on the phone and in-person services that save you money, time, and aggravation, and – perhaps most importantly – our services often preserve relationships.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Signed, A True Fan of Mediation
This Grandma truly believes in mediation for many reasons, but especially because it made a huge impact on a family near and dear to my heart….
My son and daughter-in-law had quite a bit of difficulties with one of their daughters when she was a teen. Nothing criminal or violent, but life can be hard when people argue everyday about almost everything. It did not seem like mediation was the service most likely to help, but counseling, parenting tips, and consequences were not working, nothing was and they were frustrated. To their surprise, a two-hour domestic mediation with two trained volunteer mediators was the turning point in their lives! It did not immediately result in a wonderful relationship, but it did have them truly listen and hear each other and realize how much they cared for each other, yet were constantly hurting one another. Subsequent family conversations became easier and easier, and now, years later, they all have a wonderful relationship!
Jason McLeod, Landlord/Tenant
The CDRC has saved me a lot of legal headaches and dice rolling by helping me settle financial disputes outside of court. The center is an invaluable service that is both little known and under utilized. The community would greatly benefit if both of these things changed.
Nicole Alexander, Divorce
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the great experience I had with your services. I filed for Divorce in September and it seemed as though we were at an impasse and couldn't figure out how to proceed or come to an agreement on our own. However, with your services we were able to come to a peaceful resolution. Your understanding of the divorce process was extremely beneficial when it came to clarification of details. This county has a great asset with your services. My divorce became final this past Monday and I know it wouldn't have gone as smooth without you. Thank you for your kindness and understanding through it all.
Citizens of the Eastern Upper Peninsula recognize the need to settle disputes and use peaceful methods, including mediation to resolve differences.
The E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center provides citizens with the opportunity to mediate disagreements, determine their own solutions and resolve differences using a process that is respectful and educational.