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Orleans County
Restorative Justice Center 

It takes a community. Be part of it.

Restorative Justice is founded on respect ..."Respect for all, even those who are different from us.

Respect reminds us of our interconnectedness, but also of our differences. Respect insists we balance concerns for all parties. If we pursue justice as respect, we will do justice restoratively.”
— Howard Zehr


Making Change Possible

The Orleans County Restorative Justice Center empowers community members to restore harmed relationships, addresses the underlying causes of conflict and crime, and improves the quality of life in our community.

Restorative Justice - The Basics

Central focus: Victim’s needs and offender responsibility for repairing harm

Crime is a violation of people and relationships

Violations create obligations

Justice involves victims, offenders, and community members in an effort to put things right

Support Group Session

What We Do

The goal of restorative justice is to provide a path in resolving conflict when possible, that maintains community relationships, and cohesiveness.  Through changing our perspectives and expectations on how we manage conflict, it is our hope to bring our community and its members resolution, creating a safer place for all to live and thrive.

Hands Together


Making Change Possible

Team Hugging

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Change for the Better

The Orleans County Restorative Justice Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and providing services that are
respectful and inclusive of all people without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, or expression,
sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status.
We know that our greatest strength comes from the staff and volunteers at the center, and our community partners.  

For the OCRJC, inclusion, and diversity are ingrained in who we are.



Relevant, Important Updates

Nulhegan Educational and Cultural Center (The old Holland School) 

26 School Rd, Derby Line, VT 05830 

Phone: (802) 525-9797
Hours of operation:
Third  Wednesday of each month: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Community Nights at St. Mark’s Episcopal, 44 Second St, in Newport.

Coalition meeting in April are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Community nights are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Our calendar is always available on our website at


Mark Your Calendars

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“We Are All in This Together”, an afternoon of poetry by Rajnii Eddins and music by Erik Nielsen celebrating the influence of African-American culture.  Sunday, March 17th at South Church Hall in St. Johnsbury from 2-5pm (including Q&A, community conversation and food!).

Those of you who have been active in the VT community health equity space will know Rajnii’s name and likely his work from the October 2022 VT community health equity partnership convening – very powerful.

The concert will feature five of Vermont’s finest musicians: violinist Jane Kittredge, flutist Hilary Goldblatt, woodwind specialist Dan Liptak, baritone saxophonist Kyle Saulnier and pianist Alison Cerutti, each playing a solo work written especially for them. The program will culminate in a new work written for all five musicians.

These concerts represent the result of work done during the worst of the Pandemic, when the only way musicians could perform was to play solo concerts online. As a result, most of the works on the program are for solo instruments and were written in 2020. All the pieces are tributes to Black artists and/or activists, as 2020 was also a year of racial reckoning in our country. The wonderful African-American poet Rajnii Eddins of Burlington will perform some of his works, written especially in response to the subjects of the music. They will be interwoven into the program between musical selections.

St. Johnsbury Academy will offer refreshments, fostering a relaxed atmosphere for attendees to mingle and reflect on the powerful performances.

FREE thanks to our esteemed sponsors, including Lyndon Institute Dance, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Kingdom Taproom and Table, St. Johnsbury Academy, Umbrella, Northern Counties Health Care, Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging, Catamount Arts, Kingdom County Productions, Northeast Kingdom Classical Series and NEK Prosper!, this event remains accessible to all, embodying the communal spirit of “We Are All in This Together”.

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