About Restorative Partners
A safer community where everyone belongs.
Transforming lives impacted by crime through healing services and relationships.
- 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 discussed 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 fourteen full-time staff positions, 200+ volunteers serving in over 30 programs at Juvenile Hall and County Jail, as well as a full service 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. We currently facilitate over 30 programs at Juvenile Hall and County Jail and Honor Farms managed by a professional staff and supported by over 200 volunteers. Additionally, we offer a Reentry Mentorship Program to assist men and women coming out of County with navigating reentry challenges. In 2016 we took over the management of two reentry recovery homes in Los Osos, one for women and one for men, and in 2017 opened Anna's Home for women and children in Paso Robles. In 2018 Restorative Partners will launch the only Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP) funded State Prison Parolee Housing and Services Program from Ventura to Santa Cruz.
What We Do
Restorative Partners provides services and programs for those in-custody and for those released from the San Luis County Juvenile Hall, Jail, Honor Farm and State Prisons. Our restorative justice approach focuses on mind, body and spiritual transformation, incorporates trauma informed care, addresses responsibility and accountability, and offers accompaniment through reentry mentorship. We also provide clean and sober living homes for men and for women as well as own and operate a home for women who are ready to reunite with their chldren and move forward with their lives. The goal in all of our transformative work is to reduce violence and lower recidivism by providing a continuum of care from incarceration through reincorporation to our community.