About Restorative Partners
Restorative Partners envisions a widespread embrace of a restorative justice approach and practice primarily in the Tri-Counties Criminal Justice System. Our work involves reaching out to all the stakeholders: victims, offenders, law enforcement, corrections, non-profits, university, business and faith-based communities to create a more healing response to those impacted by crime.
To mobilize and coordinate programs that create positive changes and promote a restorative justice approach to crime.
- We educate the community in the philosophy and practice of restorative justice.
- We partner with stakeholders to initiate, sponsor, and coordinate services at the SLO County Jail, Juvenile Hall and in the SLO community.
- We recruit and train volunteers to share their gifts and expertise in our programs.
- We create a wide base of support to sustain our programs.
- We believe in accompanying and supporting anyone affected by crime on their healing journey, to be an instrument of restoration, of forgiveness, of accountability, and of reconciliation.
- We believe that violence is never a solution to any problem and that every person is endowed with a sacred dignity, and is capable of changing, healing, and being restored.
- We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
- We believe that we can overcome violence with education, love, and compassion.
The vision for Restorative Partners was born in the Spring of 2011 by Sr. Theresa Harpin, Captain Michelle Cole, Chief Deputy Probation Officer Gary Joralemon. They visited the Fresno County Juvenile Hall to learn about Focus Forward, a non-profit that provided restorative justice-informed programs and services to youth in custody. On their way back to SLO, our intrepid founders stopped to eat at an In n' Out and discuss how to bring a restorative justice approach to our own correctional facilities. And thus, an idea fueled by burgers, friends, and shakes eventually led to the creation of Restorative Partners.
In September of 2011, under the 501 c(3) sponsorship of the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministerial Services in California, Sr. Theresa and a single Cal Poly volunteer helper, Joe Andino initially managed just a handful of programs at Juvenile Hall and the County Jail. Since then, Restorative Partners has grown with the incredible support of generous community volunteers, student internships, business and other service provider partners, benefactors, and donors. We now have six full-time staff positions, over 30 programs at Juvenile Hall and the Jail, over 200 volunteers, and a new Reentry program for prisoners transitioning back into our community.
In November 2015, Restorative Partners received their 501 c(3) declaration, empowering us to deepen our mission and sustainability in the tri-counties of the Central Coast.
What We Do
Restorative Partners provides services and programs designed to meet diverse needs. Our small staff and an army of volunteers offer programs that focus on body, mind and spiritual transformation, incorporate trauma care, address responsibility and accountability, reduce violence and lower recidivism inside the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall, Jail, and Honor Farms and provide reentry services including evidence based programs and mentoring for those on Probation or Parole. Click here for complete list of programs.