Letters to the Editor

Suggests supporting dispute resolution

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, named nonprofit of 2014 by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, is seeking funding from the city of Bellingham to enable it to meet the growing needs of our community for conflict resolution and mediation services. It has specifically requested grant funding for its elder mediation programs and parent/teen mediation.

The center is a valuable asset to our vibrant community. Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s strong community values and mediation services help families reach solutions to conflicts that can too often end up as news headlines. It not only helps families in conflict, it also trains community partners and volunteers to become mediators, from young adults to established professionals. It does this in a safe, confidential, comfortable environment.

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center turns no one away for an inability to pay for mediation services. Because of that commitment to serve all, I encourage you to contact the Human Services Grant Selection Committee at haven@cob.org to urge them to approve funding so that the center can continue to serve our community’s needs for prevention and comprehensive conflict intervention services. The deadline for public comment is April 9.

Micki Jackson