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On Monday, August 25, WGVU Morning Show host, Shelley Irwin, spoke with our executive director, Chris Gilman, about our event. Listen to the interview here.


Click on the gold icon, and join us from 7-9:30 p.m. on October 16, 2014, at City Flats Hotel in Grand Rapids for our inaugural event celebration of International Conflict Resolution Day. The event’s theme is ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy!’ Hosted by Tommy Allen, with live reggae music and tasty tropical treats. Tropical attire. MORE INFO HERE.

We’ll be recognizing local peacemakers!

Do you know someone who is making a difference in our community by increasing awareness about alternative dispute resolution? Someone who is leading an awesome effort to get people interested in “talking it out” in a positive way? Is there a teacher, professor, mediator, legal professional, or community leader who has dedicated their time to peaceful conflict resolution? We want to know who they are!

Nominate your favorite peacemaker! Click here to download the nomination form.

Huge thanks to our Jubilant-level sponsors, Mercantile Bank of Michigan and Varnum LLP!

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Thank you to our Elated-level sponsor, Peace Talks!
Thank you to our Thrilled-level sponsors:
Fraternal Order of Police

Lott3 Metz Architecture
Silver & Van Essen
Warner Norcross
Thank you,
BPV Environmental
Robert Goodrich
for your donations!

Resolving differences. Restoring relationships.

Peaceful communities are places where people want to live and work. They are secure places to raise children. They are cooperative places capable of great things. And they can only be built by people who understand how to communicate and resolve their differences. The Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan helps people weave a strong fabric of community that brings peace and joy to life.


We help people solve their differences peacefully and constructively, using the services of a trained mediator. This mediator brings both parties together for discussion, and together they create their own solution to the problem. We can help in nearly any type of situation, including landlord-tenant disputes, educational issues, parenting disputes, employee grievances, disagreements between neighbors, small claims issues, and many more. Scroll down… and explore the rest of our website to learn how mediation can help.

Click here to see what we’re doing.