Voices Ending Violence Reaches Out to Buffalo Community

Voices Ending Violence Reaches Out to Buffalo Community

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More than 300 community members, FJC supporters, and friends came out on a crisp, sunny Friday in early June.  They gathered at the Buffalo Convention Center to share a meal, share stories, and share hope, at the FJC’s annual Voices Ending Violence breakfast event, sponsored by Linde.

This year’s event theme of “reach out” was highlighted with a viewing of an introductory film to the campaign of the same name by WNED|WBFO, in partnership with the FJC.   A stunning Reach Out website features videos, informational materials, and support resources to anyone who might need to talk with a teen in their life about relationship abuse.  With content for parents, coaches, teachers, friends and family, this site can help with how to identify red flags and warning signs of abuse among teens and young adults, and how to have a conversation with a young person about healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Following the video, Photographer Michelle Jones shared selections from her public art installation From the Inside Out with the audience.  Sharing her personal story or survivorship, Michelle’s work creates a platform for those impacted by domestic violence, both directly and indirectly, to share their stories and messages of hope.

Next, survivor Maya M. took the stage to share her courageous story.  Maya spoke of an ongoing “game of chess” with her abuser, where each of her moves were answered with more powerful and harmful counter-moves.  With help from the Family Justice Center, and a strong team of friends, family, and co-workers, Maya has not only survived, but thrived!  She closed out her powerful testimony by saying, “Stopping the cycle…is my new game of chess.  Standing here before you and sharing my story is my checkmate.  I am so proud to say that I’ve officially won!”

West Herr Automotive Group was a generous supporter once again in 2019, offering to match all pledges and donations that morning, up to $10,000.  We are proud to say that we not only met, but surpassed that goal, thanks to the kind and generous donations from our guests!  

Thank you to all who attended our Voices Ending Violence breakfast 2019, and offered their support!

Meet Beatrice Sakala

Meet Beatrice Sakala

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.