Tree House Playroom

Tree House Playroom

Children who come to the FJC now have a fantastic enchanted forest playroom to visit while their parent receives services. Designed and built by local artists, theater and movie set creators, David Butler (David Butler Designs Pro Creation), Amy Kempf, Sean Kulak, JB Purcell and Hanna Lee Woltz, the “Treehouse Playroom” was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 28. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, and staff for their help during the renovation process.

We would like to thank our friends who provided funding:

David Butler Designs Pro Creation

Donna & Patrick Murphy

Kathleen and Jeff McCrone

Family relieved as man accused of killing Rachael Wierzbicki is returned to jail

Domestic Violence Resources – The warning signs, and resources available in Western New York

Domestic Violence Resources – The warning signs, and resources available in Western New York

Mary Travers Murphy on News 4 discussing domestic violence

Mary Travers Murphy on News 4 discussing domestic violence

Thank you to the wonderful community organizers who have hosted events over the past few months to support FJC.

Thank you to the wonderful community organizers who have hosted events over the past few months to support FJC.

On Saturday August 11 at the Links at Ivy Ridge, Ingram Micro held their annual golf tournament and presented the Family Justice Center with a $25,000 donation to help fund the Grand Island satellite location. Many of the associates at Ingram Micro voiced their support and were thrilled at being able to provide such an impactful donation for those in need.

The Mates of The Buffalo Launch Club, and Family Justice Center volunteers and supporters Laura Mason and Karen Panzarella hosted a Music Festival on August 22 at the Grand Island Club, with headliner –Absolute Journey, a Journey tribute band. The event had a fabulous silent auction, food trucks and great music. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Family Justice Center satellite location on Grand Island.

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI

The 10th Annual Bill Fallon Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI was held at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia on September 10th. Despite torrential rains, the golfers gathered for lunch and a silent auction. The Family Justice Center is grateful to have been a recipient of funds from this event for the past several years.

Liberty Cab Buffalo

Thank you to Liberty Cab and owner Mr. Bill Yunke for teaming up with the Buffalo Bills and Entercom Communications to make a donation to the FJC for every field goal attempt throughout the season. Listen to the game-day broadcast on WGR 550 to hear more about the promotion.

Mosaic 2018 – We are Thankful!

Mosaic 2018 – We are Thankful!

Thank you to everyone who made donations, volunteered time, and services, and thank you to those who attended Mosaic 2018! We hope you enjoyed the music donated by DJ Murph from M Entertainment, and the food donated by Bocce Club Pizza, Ilio DiPaolo, Left Bank Restaurant, Milo’s Restaurant, Fat Bob’s Smoke House and Current Catering. With your help we were able to raise nearly $50,000 to support services and programs for victims of domestic violence.

Congratulations to Phyllis Dickinson, who was recognized at the event for her 10+ years of dedicated volunteer service for Family Justice Center. Phyllis and her fellow Cheektowaga/Lancaster Zonta Club members continue to provide wonderful support for the Family Justice Center.

We would especially like to thank the following sponsors:

$5,000 City of Light Sponsors

$2,500 Queen City Supporter

$1,000 Lake Erie Partners

  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.
  • Evans Bank
  • FARM
  • Independent Health Association
  • Lawley Insurance
  • Line-X WNY
  • MOOG
  • National Grid
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Univera Healthcare

$500 Lafayette Square Patrons

  • Dansa D’Arata, LLP
  • Lo Tempio PC Law Group
  • OSC Charitable Foundation
  • Universal Woodworks, Inc.

Survivor shares story for domestic violence awareness month

Cheektowaga Council calls for Rogowski to resign, threatens lawsuit

A resolution calling for the resignation of Councilman James P. Rogowski was approved Tuesday by the Cheektowaga Town Board. Rogowski, who pleaded guilty Sept. 5 to a misdemeanor in connection with a domestic violence incident earlier this year, vehemently objected to the resolution. Read the full story by The Buffalo News.

Meet Beatrice Sakala

Meet Beatrice Sakala

The FJC is excited to welcome Beatrice Sakala to the team. Beatrice is participating in the Community Solutions Program – a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide. Hailing from Katete, an Eastern Province of Zambia, Beatrice is one of 92 Fellows from 67 countries who have embarked on the four-month program.

Her goals while working with the advocates at the FJC is to gain experiences on how cases are managed, learn more about building partnerships with other service providers, and to share her experiences gained working as the sole social worker at St. Francis’ Hospital where she also volunteers her time at the St. Francis’ Gender Based Violence One Stop Center.

Upon completion of her time here at FJC, Beatrice will develop and present a community action project. Her project plans will focus on empowering, and building self-confidence for women who have experienced domestic violence. At home, Beatrice is also a mother of two- Hannah and Chawnazi, and wife of Mubanga who is a diagnostic radiographer.

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