Christa Pierpont

As Director of the Restorative Community Foundation

The Restorative Community Foundation (RCF) was established in 2005 to invite a city to re-vision their current policies. It draws from the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation’s RJ City model www.rjcity.org and the cross collaborations that are demonstrated through state-wide projects such as the Vermont’s Community Justice Network http://cjnvt.org/.

The Restorative Community Foundation works on behalf of integrated community reforms that are supported by both state and federal reforms while working with existing state government agencies and public services. The RCF’s mission includes matching new leaders with current leaders in the field of restorative practices, identifying funding sources for their efforts, and developing data systems such that ‘making things right’ does in fact improve outcomes.

While most of the RCF’s current efforts are in the state of Virginia, we make every effort to support other projects. Contact: Restorative Community Foundation, PO Box 6855, Charlottesville, Virginia. USA

As a community leader

I am currently Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee for our area’s criminal justice board. We are actively involved in the Dual Status Youth Initiative which looks to improve our area’s responses to justice involved youth who are also part of the area’s social services caseload.

In a related project, I serve with the area’s mental health coalition in order to develop improved responses for youth that are in need of crisis stabilization and or substance abuse treatment.

As a career educator, I have developed a keen understanding of the ways well meaning public systems can get in the way of individual’s efforts to correct a challenging period in their lives. And to this understanding, I am even more committed to restorative practices that include: school based restorative practices, restorative justice options for court services, family group decision making, and circle of accountability and support.