by Annmarie Phelan, Resolutions Northwest volunteer mediator
Conflict happens in the best of neighborhoods and to the best of neighbors: dogs bark, music is played, fences are altered, tenants and landlords disagree. It is the response to such conflict that determines how satisfying life in your community will be. At times you can resolve the conflict on your own, and other times you need some guidance. For the situations when you want some assistance, there is Resolutions Northwest’s (RNW) Neighborhood Mediation Program, providing services at no cost to Portland residents. Mediation allows you and your neighbor to sit down and have a conversation, facilitated by a neutral, third-party mediator. More than 90% of mediations end in an agreement that works for everyone involved. And most mediations require just one 2-hour session. So, before your next conflict gets out of hand, contact Resolutions Northwest at 503-595-4890 or on the web at www.resolutionsnorthwest.org, and we’ll assist you in finding a solution that works for both you and your neighbor.