Our Volunteer Management

Joyce Koria Hayes
Executive Director & Secretary

Hon. Steven H. Amick
Member Bd. of Directors

Jacquelyn Chacona
Member Bd. of Directors

Vance Funk IV
Member Bd. of Directors

Nancy Y. Gorman
Asst. Treasurer
Member Bd. of Directors

Lydia York,
Member of Bd of Directors


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Delaware Elder Mediations Services, Inc.

We regret to advise that DEMSI will be discontinuing its services effective December 31, 2015.  We expect to be able to provide contact information for a social service agency or agencies that will offer elder mediation shortly. 

DEMSI was created to help the elderly and the disabled resolve  conflicts for the good of family relations and for their own well-being.  Our goal is not only to avoid the disintegration of families but also to avoid possible abuse, exploitation or unnecessary litigation.  To do this we provide mediators -- neutrals who are trained to help people hear and understand each other and find the common ground that may lead to agreement.  Please read the Frequently Asked Questions Page (FAQ above) for more information.  

New Decision Facilitation Service Added:  DEMSI has added a new service to aid older and disabled adults.  We supply a trained, knowledgeable and experienced moderator to sit down with the family to help the family create a plan for the future.  Do not leave your family to plan in crisis mode should something happen!!!

For more information or to request a family facilitation conference click here

With DEMSI you have:

Mediators and facilitators you can trust :  Visit our Mediators' Page for a current list.

Choice of Location:  In the home of the elderly or disabled person, in a nursing home or assisted living facility or in a senior or community center.  Out of state family members may participate by phone.

Reasonable Fees and Assistance if needed:  We want to make sure everyone has a voice and the opportunity to both be heard and to hear.  Assistance is always available for low income individuals. Thanks to the support of the State of Delaware and the Longwood Foundation described below, all mediations continue to be free of charge to individuals.  There will be a suggested donation for participants who feel they have benefitted and feel they can afford the donation.  Decision facilitation services are offered at a low fee of $150 for the first two-hour meeting and $100 for each subsequent meeting.

To help us continue this important service,
donations are critical. 

DEMSI is a tax-exempt public charity under sections 501(c)(3) and 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.  All donations are tax deductible.  This is entirely a volunteer operated organization so all donations go to support our cause.   We welcome any donations, but all individuals contributing $75 will also be recognized on the founding donors' page.  We will recognize any legal entity that contributes $150 on our Founding Donors' page with a link to their business website. 

To make a donation, you may click on the yellow "donate' button below to donate via paypal or click on donation form above for a printable donation form. We are also a write-in agency for United Way:  No. 12906.


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