The House That Hope Built

Artist rendering of the proposed addition to the Justice for Children Advocacy Center.

Artist rendering of the proposed addition to the Justice for Children Advocacy Center.

 
 

It all started when…

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia made a big commitment to the health, safety, and emotional well-being of the children in our community.

In 2011, the Kiwanis set out on a five-year effort to raise $150,000 to establish a permanent home for the Justice for Children Advocacy Center (JFCAC).  At that time, the JFCAC was paying a significant amount of rent for a location that was rapidly becoming too small to adequately serve the children in need of care at the JFCAC.  The Kiwanis Club of Batavia created a plan to fund raise, as well as engage other Kiwanis Clubs in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming County) region with the goal of both removing the burden of rent and creating a physical environment that is every bit as comfortable and welcoming as the staff and team members who work there.

After five years of fundraising and the generous support of other Kiwanis clubs in the GLOW region, the goal that seemed insurmountable in 2011 was far surpassed!  Through the hard work of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia and the generosity of GLOW area Kiwanis clubs and other members of the community, nearly $200,000 was raised!

While the Kiwanis Club was working on the long-term project, the Justice for Children Advocacy Center moved in to a location generously donated by the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia at 304 East Main Street.  The savings from rent thanks to this move allowed the JFCAC to increase the number of staff members available to attend to the ever growing needs of children and their families. 

Looking ahead to 2019, the JFCAC is preparing to embark on another important event in their history.  Through a collaboration with Genesee County, the JFCAC GLOW Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, and the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, the JFCAC will finally have a home that fully meets the needs of all of the children and families that visit the JFCAC!  Thanks to a generous offer of a long-term lease from the Church, we will be using the funds raised by the Kiwanis Club to renovate the current location at 304 East Main Street.  The evolution of this plan truly was a community effort, and sends a valuable message to the children and families in our communities who have been impacted by abuse:  You are not alone.  Your community supports you.  We are all willing to work to keep you happy, healthy, and safe.