Family Justice Community News- September 2014
Family Justice Community News
By Susun Kim, Executive Director (September 2014)
“Just want to get your week off to a good start! A client who came to the Center in 2011 came back in on Friday to get information for a friend. So great to know that she felt confident enough in our services to rely on us to help her friend in crisis. Keep up the good work everyone!” Elizabeth Wilmerding (Family Justice Center super-staff)
Our Family Justice Center is a one-stop service center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. We bring law enforcement, public and non-profit service providers, under one roof, to provide holistic services to survivors and their families. Because our services are provided under one roof, our clients get safer, sooner. After dealing with immediate crisis, we stay connected with our clients to provide long term safety and community building support. We offer cooking classes, money management workshops and other life enrichment programs. We are constantly looking for partners to work together to improve the health and safety of our community.
On July 29, 2014, the Richmond City Council approved the contract with Turner Group to remodel the Family Justice Center’s new home on 24th Street, and construction began shortly thereafter. I want to acknowledge Craig Murray, Development Project Manager II, Engineering Department, City of Richmond, for his professional management of the project. He has been a key partner through the whole process, patiently explaining everything to me while orchestrating disparate moving pieces. If everything goes well, we will pack up our growing files, binders and materials in February 2015 and move to our new home.
Partner Spotlight: Narika
We can hardly wait till we move to our 7,000 square foot center so that we can bring more services and resources. One of our “currently off-site waiting to be on-site” partners is Narika. Narika started over 20 years ago as a helpline for abused South Asian women. Today, it promotes women’s independence and economic empowerment by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support and education. Narika’s Self-Empowerment and Economic Development (SEED) program offers 12-weekends of instruction designed to foster economic independence and complements our Center’s WINGS (Women INspired to Grow and Succeed) program.
Cooking Matters- Success Brings Smiles
We successfully completed our first series of Cooking Matter classes and are now enrolling for the second series, every Friday from October 10 to November 14, 2014, from 10 am to noon. We strive to support building a safe and healthy community and would welcome interested community members. Please call (510) 965-4949 to sign up as space is limited or click here for more information.
Etch Your Name on a Building Tile!
Your name or business will be etched on tile to recognize your gift of $500 or more. Donor Gift Tiles will be used as part of the wall facing Peace Plaza.
Join the 100 Club!
Be Among the First 100 Contributors! The 100 Club members will be recognized on our website and in publications.
To see the list of 100 club members, click here.
Please send a check in any amount payable to “Tides Center/WCCFJC” to The Family Justice Center, 1210 Hilltop Mall Road, Suite 110D, Richmond, CA 94806. Visit us at www.wccfjc.org or call (510) 965-4949 for more information.