Our mission is to help individuals and organizations resolve conflict, improve relationships and strengthen community.
Welcome to the Midlands Mediation Center.
Incorporated as the Community Mediation Center in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MMC provides a safe, non-adversarial process for people to resolve their disputes confidentially and inexpensively. Our trained mediators help resolve disputes between friends, neighbors, groups, family members and between employees and employers.
MMC values diversity and its programs are intended to be a reflection of our communities, including the multitude of traditions, customs, and values. We honor, embrace, and encourage diversity in all aspects of our work and seek diversity in our volunteers, staff and board of directors.
MMC is supported by donations, grants, contracts, and fee-for-service income from training and other services that are provided on a sliding fee scale based on disputants’ ability to pay.
MMC works hard to adjust its services to meet new needs, while maintaining services that continue to be important.
MMC is located adjacent to Columbia College at 4801 Colonial Drive in Columbia, SC, 29203 on the second floor of the College Place United Methodist Church.
MMC is a Certified Partner Agency of United Way of the Midlands.
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Benefits of Mediation
Mediation presents the opportunity to peacefully express conflict and to “hear each other out” even when an agreement is not reached.
- National Association For Community Mediation
Why Choose Mediation?
- - It is informal.
- - It is confidential.
- - It saves participants time and money.
- - It emphasizes problem-solving.
- - It allows participants to contribute more directly to the outcome.
What is Mediation?
- Mediation is a confidential, non-adversarial process. It relies on a neutral third party — a mediator — to facilitate the flow of a conversation about the conflict.
- The mediator guides the conversation as the parties create their own agreement. A mediator is not there to provide legal advice or expertise and does not take sides. Instead, he or she acts as a non-judgmental third party who facilitates problem-solving between the parties.
- Participating in mediation does not prevent the parties from pursuing other options, if they do not reach agreement. However, MMC believes that, in many cases, mediation provides a better way and leads to more peaceful solutions.
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- Community Mediation: Provides mediation in disputes such as neighbor-neighbor and tenant-landlord cases. Rate based on a sliding fee scale.
- Family Mediation: Provides low-cost mediation services relating to separation, child custody, and divorce, by skilled mediators. Rate based on a sliding fee scale.
- Magistrate’s Court Mediation: Provides volunteer mediators to Magistrate’s Court to save time and cost in court trials and legal fees. For those with cases at Magistrate’s Court, it gives the opportunity to resolve their dispute using mediation rather than going to trial.
- Real Estate and/or Workplace Mediation: Assists disputants in resolving conflict in real estate or employer-employee disputes. A flat hourly rate and administrative fees apply.
- Basic Mediator Training: MMC trainers offer both a 20-hour and a 40-hour training program 2-3 times/year. This training makes completers eligible to become volunteer mediators for MMC’s Civil Mediation program in County Magistrates’ courts. Fees apply.
- Community Workshops or One-Day trainings: MMC trainers will provide fee-for-service training in mediation, conflict coaching, and conflict resolution skills by request. Locations for trainings are to be determined by customer needs.
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