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13 November, 2023.

The Family Counseling Center and Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County Give Thanks

The Family Counseling Center of Fulton County and their Domestic Violence Program, are taking a moment this month to give thanks to the many partners who assisted in numerous outreach programs throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Over the course of four weeks, the organization either hosted or participated in eleven separate outreach events throughout Fulton County.

Events and partners included:

  • Downtown Domestic Violence Awareness Walk: Held the first Monday of October, this walk welcomed local student athletes, community members, and local officials for a short walk in downtown Johnstown, with posters made by HFM Career and Tech students. Fulton County Crime Victim’s Advocate, Becky Boggie and the Fulton County District Attorney’s office assisted in the planning of this important event. More details available here.
  • Wemple and Edick’s Craft Fair: Wemple and Edick owners Josh and Kacy Bravis donated a booth at this popular event to the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County. Program staff shared information, had discussions, and introduced their services to many.
  • NOAH Meal at St. John’s Episcopal Church: DV program staff, along with family and friends, assisted in serving the NOAH meal. For more details about One Church Street and NOAH, please click here.
  • Fonda Subway and Johnstown McDonalds: Both restaurants hosted DV program staff, donating a portion of sales on designated days to the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County.
  • Annual Trunk or Treat: The Family Counseling Center and the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted the annual Trunk or Treat event at MHA’s offices in Johnstown.
  • HFM Regional School Counselor Meeting: Amanda Anderson, Director of the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County, spoke to school counselors from Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties. The event, organized by Michael DiMezza, Principal of Career and Technical Education at HFM Career and Technical Center, organized Anderson’s presentation on the importance of educating students about healthy relationships.
  • New and Gently Used Clothing Drive: Ashley Meza, Asst. District Attorney at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Committee Chair of the Committee on Domestic Violence for the Capital District Women’s Bar Association organized a professional clothing drive to benefit the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County.
  • New and Gently Used Luggage Drive: Community members in both Gloversville and Johnstown participated in a luggage drive sponsored by Gloversville Public Library and Johnstown Public Library. The luggage drive brought in an unprecedented amount of items, all of which will be used by individuals seeking to flee abusive relationships.
  • CityBuzz Connects: The Johnstown eatery dedicated a portion of sales on Friday nights throughout the month of October to the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County.

“We are absolutely amazed and so very thankful for the outpouring of support we received from the community throughout the month of October,” stated Amanda Anderson, Director of the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County. “Our work impacts the lives of individuals and their families, helping them to create healthy relationships and positive futures. We could not do this work without our partners, donors, and friends.”

The Family Counseling Center has operated the Domestic Violence Program since 1982. In 2022, the Domestic Violence Program worked with 334 unique individuals. The program provides advocacy and case management in addition to operating a safe dwelling for those in need.