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.

WBASNY President’s Award Presented to Mary Travers Murphy

WBASNY President’s Award Presented to Mary Travers Murphy

On July 26, FJC Executive Director, Mary Travers Murphy was presented with The President’s Award from the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. This award recognizes a distinguished individual whose leadership serves as a role model for others, and whose ideals and accomplishments reflect a commitment to goals consistent with the mission of WBASNY, including the promotion of the status of women in society and in the legal profession, and the fair and equal administration of justice.

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank You Volunteers!

On Thursday August 2, the volunteers of the FJC were honored with a picnic at Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga. Under picture-perfect blue skies, more than forty FJC staff and volunteers gathered to enjoy great food, drink and camaraderie. Domestic advocate and volunteer coordinator, Jaclyn Strycharz, and her mom, Cindy Chentfant organized the event which included a barbeque with all the fixings.

Dan Barone, a supporter who helps out with meals at his local church, volunteered his time to grill hot dogs and chicken for the event. The celebration gave volunteers from all the FJC locations a chance to get together. The heartfelt time that volunteers give to the FJC are crucial to providing services to more than 2,000 new clients seen each year at the center and satellite locations.

Thank you all for choosing to give your valuable time to support the Family Justice Center and the domestic abuse victims who seek safety.

Ladies Night Out at Red Siren

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.

Food Glorious Food!

Food Glorious Food!

Recently, the Family Justice Center received an offer we could not refuse. David Nuzzo, friend and supporter of the Center and a gifted chef, will be donating his culinary talents for the benefit of our clients.

With the assistance of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and funding from the William Hein Company, Dave will be cooking and freezing homemade gourmet meals that clients can take home with them. Dave has been working on an initial menu that includes such delicious entrees as baked eggplant parmesan, chicken and shrimp enchiladas, and spinach and mushroom lasagna. These delectable meals, along with soups and cookies, will be available at each of the Family Justice Center’s offices.

While the Family Justice Center has had an on-site food pantry to assist clients, David’s meals offer something even better – a pre-prepared hot meal that are sure to not only fill the stomachs, but also warm the hearts of our clients. We cannot thank Dave and his supporters enough for choosing to share their time and talent to support domestic violence victims and help them meet some of their most basic needs.

Allstate Foundation Funds Economic Empowerment Workshops

Allstate Foundation Funds Economic Empowerment Workshops

Domestic violence takes many forms, including financial abuse. Many victims feel trapped in the relationship because they have no access to the family finances and/or have not been allowed to earn their own income. Others have had their credit intentionally ruined by their abusers leaving them to believe that they are unable to start over on their own. One of the most effective means of control over a victim is restricting their financial independence.

The Allstate Foundation has recently provided the Family Justice Center with funding to help empower victims to re-gain their financial independence. In a partnership with Child & Family Services – Haven House and Key Bank, the Family Justice Center will be offering free Financial Empowerment Workshops to educate clients on the building blocks for financial independence. The workshops, led by Key Bank representatives, will cover such issues as understanding your credit score and how to improve your score, budgeting, establishing and managing bank accounts, and more.

Upon completion of the workshop, interested participants can then continue the Financial Empowerment program with one on one counseling provided by Haven House’s Economic Empowerment Specialist. In addition, attendees can also choose to work with the representatives at Key Bank to work on establishing their own bank accounts, monitoring their credit, discussing home buying options, and addressing any other on-going financial issues and goals.

The Workshops will be offered several times a year at no cost to the attendees. Our next workshop will be taking place on April 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Family Justice Center’s Buffalo Office located at 438 Main Street, Buffalo. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend, please just contact Tiffany Pavone at tpavone@fjcsafe.org or 558-7233 to register.

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