California Emergency Physicians Donate $5,000 to Justice Center

The Shasta Family Justice Center (SFJC) has received a $5,000 donation from The California Emergency Physicians Group of America (CEPA), the Emergency Physicians at Mercy Medical Center Redding (MMCR). The funds will be used for the day-to-day operations of the center that co-locates services for victims of family violence. Dr. Pamela Ikuta, Assistant Medical Director with CEPA at MMCR, secured the grant for the SFJC because of the valuable difference this center is making in the lives of victims. “Helping victims break their cycle of abuse will lead to healthier lifestyles for the individuals and their families,” Dr. Ikuta said.

The SFJC is a one-stop help center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and/or elder abuse. By housing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals under one roof, the SFJC is reducing the amount of time and the number of places victims have to travel to get the help they need. The center builds on the success of existing public, private and non-profit organizations agencies in Shasta County. All of the familiar names that our community trusts when it comes to actively addressing family violence are a part of the center. The SFJC does not replace these dedicated agencies, but rather co-locates and coordinates the services that these agencies currently provide to better serve victims and their families.

“The California Emergency Physicians of America group sees first hand the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and elder abuse. This dedicated group of doctors is invested in this community and we appreciate their support,” said Michael Burke, executive director of the SFJC. “In our first year of operation, the SFJC received more than 2300 visits for service from adults and youth. Being able to provide services in one comfortable and convenient location has helped many family violence victims break their cycle of abuse.” “This donation is part of our Room Sponsorship Program at the SFJC. The CEPA has adopted our Guest Room, which is dedicated to our clients. The room is set up with comfortable seating, a phone, a computer and reading materials in an environment designed to be safe and welcoming,” Burke said.

“Our physicians feel compelled to make a difference in the community where we live and work. Agencies coming together to help those in need is definitely something in which we must participate,” said Jesse Wells, Medical Director with CEPA at MMCR.

For more information, to take a tour or to donate to this important community center, please contact Michael Burke at (530) 243-8868 or visit us online at www.ShastaFJC.org.

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