New Path Center’s Guide to Giving & 2009 Annual Report

Is your contribution to New Path Center tax-deductible?

New Path Center has been recognized exempt by the IRS

under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code since December 2004.

Donors’ contributions are tax deductible as provided in section 170 of the IRS Code. A copy of New Path Center’s IRS Letter of Determination is available upon request.

New Path Center is required to file annually an IRS 990 Form.

New Path Center’s current IRS 990 can be found at

or upon request.

Two ways to donate:

1. Make your check payable to New Path Center, Inc., and mail it to:

New Path Center, Inc.

PO Box 874

Kingsburg, California 93631-0874

2. Donate online at

Do you resonate with the New Path Center’s mission and values?

New Path Center’s mission is to be:

A safe place where individuals and communities discover reasonable, respectful, restorative, and redemptive pathways through conflict.

A place of hope for those who experience loss or other painful life transitions.

A training center for leaders and organizations to acquire a healthy readiness for conflict or the skills to companion the bereaved.

New Path Center envisions:

Communities where the citizens become responsible for positive transformation.

Communities where constructive communication thrives.

Communities that produce leaders with impeccable character.

Communities where all leaders address conflict and brokenness in reasonable, respectful, restorative, and redemptive ways.

Communities where the greater Faith Community works together.

Why does New Path Center exist?

As a community pastoral-counseling resource . . .

New Path Center brings the hope of experiencing peace with loss to those who are deeply bereaved.

As a training center . . .

New Path Center equips individuals, leaders, and organizations

to have a healthy readiness for and response to conflict.

As a mediation center . . .

New Path Center provides options for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for those who experience some form of conflict. Mediation areas of practice include:

Marital Mediation: Couples who want to stay married but have issues to be worked through, deeper understanding to be shared, forgiveness to be experienced, and agreements to be made and kept for a brighter marital future.
Separated and divorced parents: Individuals and couples who need pre/post-adjudication mediation regarding custody decisions to best meet the needs of their children.
Extended families: Members who have suffered from years of estrangement and separation, and now hope to restore the family ties.
Churches: As cornerstones of our community, churches need to respond to conflict in ways that bring hope, love, and peace to reality, to meet the needs of their members.
Family businesses and farms: The economic forces behind our community, who need to bridge relational gaps caused by conflict, to increase their potential to thrive from generation to generation.
Victims of crime and juvenile offenders: Individuals directed by the courts to reconcile offenses and make restitution, including VORP Mediation and Anger management classes for youth at risk.

Where does New Path Center work?

New Path Center works locally, nationally, and internationally.

Serves as a local mediation, training and counseling center for the greater Kingsburg area for Fresno, Kings and Tulare Counties, in central California.

Travels to other areas within California, and the U.S. to provide mediation, training, and interventions for non-profit organizations.

Provides training in third-world countries on conflict resolution, leadership development, and grief counseling.

To whom is New Path Center responsible?

New Path Center’s Board of Directors is made up of professionals from the Kingsburg community. The list of Directors is available upon request.

How does New Path Center measure its progress and success?

76 Cases in 2009: (63 new / 13 continued)

How is New Path Center funded?

Accomplishments and Initiatives:

Kingsburg Police Department Referral Program
Kingsburg School Referral Program
Discipline That Restores Training Program
Mediation for CalGRIP youth at risk
Anger Management Classes
Kingsburg Care & Service Network
Donation-based services
Professional Mediator Certification

Special Designated Funds:

Scott W. Redfern Memorial Fund: $8,750 (ongoing)
Kiln for Koln Scott W. Redfern 30th Birthday Memorial Project: $2,016 (completed)

Goals and challenges for 2010:

Fund future training overseas
Increase the General Fund
Develop software for Kingsburg Care & Service Network
Design and implement a 10-year leadership succession plan
Promote New Path Center’s uniqueness in Marital Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Anger Management

The Most Important Redemptive Number

Since the year 2000, Bonnie and I have helped thousands of people deal with or prepare for unresolved conflict or unreconciled loss. I am grateful for the effective ministry of NPC. Even so, after numbering of all the different people with whom we have walked, I am convinced the most important number is the number one, i.e one person. First, here are all the number "ones" since 2000:

Grief/Pastoral Counseling or Coaching: Over 70 people helped.

Community Mediations or Facilitations: Over 80 people served.

Family, Marriage, Workplace, or Business Mediations: Over 95 people served.

Church Mediations or Facilitations: Over 200 people served directly and over 2700 served indirectly working with 18 different churches in the states of Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and throughout Northern California.

Trainings, Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats in conflict resolution or grief caregiving: Certainly hundreds if not thousands of people equipped to be better prepared to constructively deal with conflict, grief and brokenness.

Overseas teaching/missions trips: Twice to Democratic Republic of Congo and five trips to the Philippines teaching at churches, Bible schools, and seminaries.

Coordinated ministry efforts: 17 other ministries or agencies.

Church-based VORP mediation centers: Gratefully, 8 working for Restorative Justice.

The Redemptive City Project: Many small steps and little doses.

But back to the number one. Eric (not his real name), several months ago at a stalled mediation meeting with his family, left the meeting very angry and filled with hate. That one day he told his mother, "I hate you!" And he told me, "I will not come back here!" That was one very sad day. But another day came. This one day was different when he came to visit in my office. His heart was softer and he was more teachable. Eric was at a point of redemptive change. What a day! Eric is a very important one as all of the "ones" are with whom we have had the redemptive opportunity to serve.

Remember the 99 and the one! Remember God's mercies are new every day! Remember the redeemed Erics! What an awesome ministry to be able to take back what belongs to God. That is what the ministry of reconciliation is all about. And God gave this ministry to the church!

Let's go rob the house of darkness for just one more, and then another one. Agree?