FJC Staff and Volunteers gathered on Thursday, August 1, for the Second annual FJC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

FJC Staff and Volunteers gathered on Thursday, August 1, for the Second annual FJC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

FJC Staff and Volunteers gathered on Thursday, August 1, for the second annual FJC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.  Gathering at Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga, guests enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner, complete with hot dogs, chicken, sausages, salads, and more!  Delicious sweet treats were also available, courtesy of KupKates Bakery in Buffalo.

Volunteer chef Dan Barone gave his time to grill the delicious feast; with DV Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator, Jaclyn Strycharz, and her mom, Cindy Chentfant organizing the event.   Everyone was ABUZZ with excitement, as the picnic was bee-themed, with charming yellow and black decorations adorning the pavilion: complete with bee-autiful floral centerpieces, courtesy of Maureen’s Wholesale Flowers in Buffalo.  The skies were a beautiful blue, and the summer sun was shining for this picture-perfect party!

The celebration gave volunteers from all the FJC locations a chance to meet and enjoy an afternoon of fun and friendship.  What’s more, Helium Comedy Club of Buffalo and Paula’s Donuts generously donated prizes to raffle off to our hard-working team of volunteers. 

CEO Mary Murphy spoke to the group after dinner, giving heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire organization, for the amazing work volunteers do day in and day out.    We thank all our volunteers for giving your valuable time to support the Family Justice Center, and the domestic and relationship abuse victims who walk through our doors each day.  

Thank you again, volunteers, for BEE-ing so great!

Channel 2, Ewing held accountable for failing domestic abuse victims, survivors

Alan Pergament from The Buffalo News 

I’ve long been highly complimentary of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter-anchor Claudine Ewing.

Anyone who read my January 2017 feature calling her “arguably Buffalo’s most underrated broadcast journalist” on her 25th anniversary in broadcasting likely realizes that.

Domestic violence survivors and victims deserve better from journalists


I never wanted the public spotlight – and I certainly never wanted it for this. But 10 years ago, the night my family lost our strongest protector, we also lost our anonymity forever. Survivors are often left to the mercy of the public narrative. In our case, the news media – specifically the local news media – actively worked with our abuser to dictate what that would be.

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

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