Sister Theresa

Her Vision Embodied.

Restorative Partners formed through Sister Theresa’s vision and perseverance.

Sr. Theresa Harpin has been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for over forty years serving as a pastor, campus minister, musician, and parish social justice coordinator. In 2006, she joined the staff of the Center for Restorative Justice Works and initiated the Get on the Bus program reuniting children with their incarcerated dads at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. Working with those impacted by crime became her passion. In 2011 Sr. Theresa launched Restorative Partners, a program that offers healing and life skill programs to victims, offenders, and their families, and support to those working in custody. Her vision for Restorative Partners draws together expertise from other non-profits, university, business, and faith-based communities that educate and develop programs that reduce recidivism and provide better re-entry and integration into our communities. Additionally, Sr. Theresa is a certified facilitator for Alternatives to Violence Project and the Thinking for A Change Program.