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Volunteers for Neighborhood Dispute Settlement in Harrisburg PA

Our Mission

Neighborhood Dispute Settlement (NDS) is a community based mediation center that seeks to promote and provide conflict resolution solutions through direct services, training, and education.

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Over 45 Years
of Community
Peace Building

Statement of Purpose

Neighborhood Dispute Settlement (NDS) provides conflict resolution services as an alternative to other means of resolving disputes. To fulfill this purpose, NDS offers mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation, conflict resolution training, and Youth Peace Sessions.

​Primary Goals

> Equip individuals with the necessary tools to resolve their disputes through non-violent and constructive means

> Provide individuals in conflict with processes which promote dialogue, understanding, and resolution





Recognizing that every individual has an innate right to respect and ethical treatment regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or religion


Acknowledging and assuming responsibility for actions, decisions, and policies within the scope of one’s role with the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences



Acting from an internally consistent framework of principles

Positive Peace

Acting to remove indirect and structural violence


Providing people with the skills they need to effect change so as to enable people to live in harmony

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NDS originated in 1968 under the sponsorship of the Human Relations Council of Greater Harrisburg – responding to difficulties experienced by African American students at John Harris High School – before transitioning to NDS in 1978. HRC/GH was granted tax exempt status by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1974, and in 1978, HRC/GH began a community mediation service to address increasing violence in the community. Volunteers were trained as mediators and moved to reorganize elements of the HRC/GH as Neighborhood Dispute Settlement of Dauphin County.

In 1993, the City of Harrisburg Police Department instituted a program of referrals to NDS as an alternative to citing individuals. Subsequently, NDS was recognized across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as providing a successful approach to reducing the need for police intervention in community disputes and reducing associated costs. 

In 1995, NDS collaborated with the Dickinson School of Law (DSL) to offer mediation to residents of Cumberland County. By 1998, Neighborhood Dispute Settlement of Dauphin County officially changed its name to Neighborhood Dispute Settlement to reflect its regional service area.

NDS continues to take referrals from police departments and district justices in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties as well as local bar associations, community organizations, legal aid offices, and government agencies.

NDS receives support from local municipalities in the form of grants, which must be applied for and approved annually. The continuing support of Dauphin County, the City of Harrisburg, and many boroughs and townships in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties provides ongoing evidence of the value placed upon  NDS's services by law enforcement, district justices, and the political leadership of these communities. 



Board of Directors

Kay Pickering | President
Harrisburg Center for Peace & Justice

Nicol M. Brown, NHA | Secretary
Chief HR/Compliance Officer
Homeland Center & Homeland At Home

Jim DeAngelo | Treasurer
Attorney, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC

M. Abbegael Giunta
Attorney, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC

Kimberly Noel

PA State Education Association

Sandy Ballard

Kristen Furlan

Deborah Ritchey 

Abbegael Giunta

Adrian Buckner


Adam Martin 
Ann Van Dyke
​Barbara Van Horn
Bob Aims
Bruce I. Kogan
Cindy Lehman
​Darrel Reinford
Debra Cantor 
Emily Burt-Hendrick
Jaime Wetzel
Jeanette Dang
Jill Fluck
Karla DeJesus

Lacy Hayes, Jr.

Sonya Kivisto
Suzanne McDougall

Tara Eisenhard

Harrisburg PA Street City Dispute Settlement

Become a community partner and make a difference in your local neighborhood.


Corporate Peace Partners

Neighborhood Dispute Settlement Corporat
Neighborhood Dispute Settlement Corporat

Community Partners

Capital BlueCross
Carlisle Borough
City of Harrisburg Police Department
​Community Development Block Grant - City of Harrisburg
Cumberland County Magisterial District Judges
Dauphin County Bar Association
​Dauphin County Commissioners
Dauphin County Magisterial District Judges
Dauphin County's Juvenile Probation Office
​Dauphin County's Summer Enrichment Program 
Derry Township
Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation 
​East Pennsboro Township
Fair Housing of Harrisburg
G.B. Stuart Foundation
Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Harrisburg Center for Peace and Justice
​H.C. Gemmer  Family Christian Foundation
Josiah W. & Bessie H. Kline Foundation
Lower Allen Township
Lower Paxton Township
MidPenn Legal Services
Middlesex Township
​Middletown Borough
Penbrook Borough
Steelton Borough 
Susquehanna Township
Swatara Township
Systems of Care - Dauphin County 
Tri County OIC 
​World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Ready to become a partner?

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