Voices Ending Violence Breakfast

It isn’t just about a free breakfast – it’s about sharing a meal with others who care about a strong community of people living abuse-free lives.

It isn’t just about hearing stories of people who have experienced domestic abuse– it’s about listening and understanding how to communicate and educate your family, friends and co-workers about healthy relationships.

It isn’t about writing a donation check – it’s about making a gift from the heart that just might save a life.

It isn’t about just one voice – it is about the power of adding your voice with ours and others who will tirelessly work to end violence.

Please join us: Friday June 8, 2018 (Registration begins at 7:30 AM) Program 8 -9 AM at the Buffalo Convention Center 153 Franklin Street,

Please rsvp to Monique Watts at mwatts@fjcsafe.org or by calling 716-558-5295

New Satellite Opens in Grand Island

As of Monday, June 4th 2018, the Family Justice Center will open the doors to our latest satellite office in Grand Island, New York. For the time being, the FJC will be providing our services from a temporary location co-located with Sheridan Medical Group. They have generously provided office space within their practice for a client living room and advocate office, so that services can be provided while a permanent location is determined.

The location for the satellite is truly ideal. Sheridan Medical Group and the FJC satellite are located in a medical park at 1801 Grand Island Blvd next door to a Physical Therapy Group and a Medically Oriented Gym. The close proximity to these various medical resources will be of true benefit to the victims we serve and lead to better coordination of services between the FJC and medical providers.

We cannot thank Sheridan Medical Group enough for graciously providing our temporary home which will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 5:00 p.m. To reach the Grand Island Satellite Office, please call: 716-507-0764.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Grand Island site or being part of the volunteer team helping to create a permanent site, please contact Tiffany Pavone at 716-558-5272 or tpavone@fjcsafe.org for further details.

Angie’s Room Dedicated at FJC

On May 12th, friends and family of Angela Moss gathered at the FJC downtown center to remember their loved one, and to dedicate a client living room in her honor. The family worked with FJC advocates, staff, and a very special volunteer – Dionne Williamson, founder of Upward Design for Life, to create a space that captured the caring spirit of Angie.

Angela was brutally murdered in 2012. For six years, the Orchard Park case detective, John Payne, tried to amass enough evidence to convict Angie’s boyfriend, who he and others believed to be the prime suspect, primarily because a few days before her death, he had her sign over her life insurance policy to him. The U.S. Attorney’s office and prosecutors, Melissa Marangola and Joel Violanti, successfully prosecuted the case and, finally, in December of 2016 the suspect was convicted of insurance fraud, and sent to prison for 60 years.

While Angie wasn’t a client of the FJC, her story is unfortunately not unique to situations of others who seek services and safety through the center and our satellite locations. Throughout the investigation, Angela’s mother steadfastly worked to see justice served for the loss of her daughter. Mary Murphy, Executive Director for FJC, remembers the steadfast devotion of Angie’s family, and how it guided her decision to become a champion for domestic violence victims.

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Jilly’s Room Unveiled

Jill Russell Cayhill was an avid gardener, a gentle soul, and a beautiful spirit and you can feel and sense all of that in the Family Justice Center’s newest room – Jilly’s Room. It is a beautiful sanctuary designed to be a respite for self-care for the dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners that work at the Center.

Jill’s sister, Debra Jaeger, a long-time friend and supporter of the Family Justice Center designed the room, which truly captures her sister’s spirit. From the charming garden wall, to the trickling fountain and the inviting seating, Jilly’s room is a tranquil escape from the stark reality that the frontline responders at the Center hear and deal with daily.

Jilly’s Room was officially unveiled on April 18, 2018 when Debra Jaeger, surrounded by her family and friends, clipped the ribbon on the new room. It was a celebration of Jill’s life as well as the many lives that this new room will touch and soothe. We are so grateful for this beautiful new addition to the Center and for all of the incredible work that Deb has done in her sister’s name and memory. On behalf of Deb, we would also like to thank all of her Praxair friends who made this possible with their financial sponsorship of Jilly’s Room.

Voices Ending Violence 2018

Your voice matters! Please join us at the annual Voices Ending Violence event on June 8th, at the Buffalo Convention Center at 153 Main Street.

Registration begins at 7:30. As our guest for this one-hour breakfast, you will be inspired by accounts from survivors, touched by stories of victims, and empowered by the work being done by the advocates and partner programs at the Family Justice Center. We will share a look into exciting service and program expansions and invite you to visit our downtown center for a “Behind Closed Doors Tour” to learn more about how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship. And, we will ask you to consider making a gift from the heart that will help us to continue to bring safety to so many families in our community.

If you would like to join us for the event or if you can’t attend, but would like to make a donation, please contact Monique Watts at 558-5295 or mwatts@fjcsafe.org or register on-line at www.fjcsafe.org.

Judge Bloch Rodwin Honored with Lois Haight Award of Excellence

A smiling Erie County Family Court Judge Lisa Block Rodwin (standing) poses with Eighth Judicial District Administrative Judge Paula Feroleto, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, Family Justice Center Executive Director Mary Murphy and President/CEO Jewish Family Service Marlene Schillinger following an announcement by Congressman Brian Higgins that packed the room with Judge Rodwin’s colleagues, friends and family members. They were invited to hear Higgins sing the praises of Judge Rodwin, selected by the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus for a national award: the Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation.”

Judge Bloch Rodwin accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Among her many accomplishments, Judge Bloch Rodwin was the founder and first Board President of the Family Justice Center. Invited to speak at the local press conference, the Family Justice Center’s Murphy praised ‘Judge Lisa’ for her passion and commitment to changing the system for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Said Murphy, “Judge Rodwin continues as a strong partner and mentor of the Family Justice Center. Her brainpower, compassion, energy, sense of humor, and determination to positively touch lives and deliver justice is downright extraordinary.”

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Ladies Night Out at Red Siren

What’s better than a fun night of shopping? A night of shopping that also supports a worthwhile cause and on April 12, 2018 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, the Red Siren will host a Ladies Night Out to benefit the Family Justice Center.

Red Siren, located at 976 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo is a classic and preppy boutique for women and men carrying 30+ brands of apparel, jewelry, gifts and custom Buffalo items. Ladies Night Out will not only give shoppers 10% off of all purchases that evening, but will also include a personal shopper, champagne, and light bites. Red Siren will also donate 10% of the evening’s sales to the Family Justice Center.

So, if you are looking for a fun evening of shopping at a chic boutique, please stop out to the Red Siren and join in the fun.