Community Connections Seattle Unlimited (CCS Unlimited) is a restorative circle collaborative organization that strives to: “restore individuals, groups, and communities one circle at a time.” The restorative circle model is nimble and adaptable when it comes to incorporating humanity into situations that may seem to be unsurmountable. Some successful models have been used in prisons check out “The Prison Within” The Prison Within by Katherin H. | SBIFF 2020 - YouTube, and in schools, Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools: Tier One. Community Building Circle - YouTube.
Introduction to Peace Making and Restorative Circles
The foundation of CCS Unlimited began when Angela Davis was introduced to the Peace Keeping
Model by Center for Ethical Leadership in 2012 with Saroeum Phoung who currently is the owner of Point One North, and the Dominic Barter by Andrea Brenneke and Susan Partnow, around that same time. Each of these models of restorative circle were different in concept. The Peace Keeping Model is a Native American indigenous and ceremonial healing practice that focuses on the building of relationship, trust and community while the Dominic Barter model was focused on slowing conversations down so that people can listen to each other in a deeper level. Each of these restorative circle models were instrumental in the development of CCS Unlimited. Relationships, community, faith, healing, and the restoration of humanity are essential for the mission and vision of CCS Unlimited.
Restorative Circle Practices Structures
Seattle Restorative Justice started in 2012 with Andrea Brenneke, Susan Partnow, and Angela Davis as co-founders of the organization. That created a foundation with City of Seattle Attorney’s office and pre-filing diversions restorative justice pilot starting with the East Precinct of Seattle SPD. This groundbreaking process created the growth of the current restorative justice process in the criminal justice system in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Restorative Justice worked with: Interagency School and Bastyr. Seattle Restorative Justice ended in 2012 The concept of a faith-based restorative beacon came from the brilliant and collective strategy that was originally Restore 360 in 2015, with Reco Bembry, of Bembry Consulting Services, and Camisha Fatima and Gentry Business Services. Restore 360 was a three-pronged concept of restorative circles; school based, community based, and faith-based. It was out of this concept that the faith-based idea of walking with the wounded was formed. Each of these phases of healing and restoration in the restorative circle model are the foundations of CCS Unlimited’s faith based restorative concepts.
Formation of the name of CCS Unlimited
The name, Community Connections Seattle Unlimited is deliberate and purpose driven decision.
The purpose of each word forming the company CCS Unlimited is illuminated below:
CCS Unlimited is a Holacracy business ( for more information, click the link) model where individual
and collective strategies that empower each foundational component of CCS Unlimited. The linear hierarchy
for tax purposes will be adhered to however in creating departments, strategies and striving for required
outcomes and measurable goals, that drive data and science-based models, collective co-creation which is the
structure for holacracy, will be the model of functioning.
Connect compassion, hope, love, and faith with the issues of today. Normalize restorative circles in communities. Grow capacity for sustainable restorative circles beacons.
Develop restorative beacons in every community. Increase restorative circles as a living wage opportunity. Increase community and family cohesion. Normalize restorative circles in all disciplines of personal and professional communications.