We here at NCRC have so much to be thankful for. Our daily work is demanding and creative and rewarding. In a nutshell, our task is to provide compassion, share empathy, and lend support to people who need help to restore relationships and rebalance their lives. We meet remarkable, resilient people, and we get to help them build sustainable solutions that are carried back into communities all over Nashville.
We are thankful for you and for your participation in this work. We are grateful for your part in making NCRC truly the expression of community. Yes, YOU–you who are reading this now. You who might be a donor, or a volunteer, or a curious newcomer to our efforts: your insights, challenges, encouragement, and financial support provide a strong foundation for our mission.
We are thankful for our institutional funding “partners” — a dry term. These partners are wonderful, vivid, creative, demanding, supportive people who work with the institutions that support our work, including The Healing Trust, Memorial Foundation, HCA, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, JAMS/ACR Foundation, and of course the TN Administrative Office of the Courts. We are grateful for their crucial financial support, for their unwavering and galvanizing moral support, and for their camaraderie.
As the Executive Director, I am deeply grateful for the small circle of talented, dedicated, mission-driven individuals who comprise the NCRC staff. I can say with confidence that my life is richer in ways I can’t measure because I collaborate every day with them. Similarly, I am profoundly grateful to work with our Board of Directors — again a dry term — that is really a collective of brilliant, diverse, opinionated, huge hearted, patient, and amazingly generous human beings.
Finally and probably most importantly, we here at NCRC give thanks to our volunteer mediators. These remarkable individuals take time out of their professional and personal lives to show up wherever we ask–the Courts, the NCRC office, MDHA properties, schools–and mediate disputes of all kinds. They spend time training, not only to fulfill the mediator requirements of the Tennessee Supreme Court, but also to equip themselves with special skills required for NCRC’s particular approach to mediation. They are patient and kind and inclusive, and they are consummate professionals.
Here is a list of those remarkable people who made the decision to give their time and expertise to those most in need of conflict resolution during the past six months. As such, it is only a partial list. NCRC has been working to provide mediation as the first best option for conflict resolution since 2000. But this list will do for now, for this season of thanks.