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John Jordan Foundation Charity Spotlight: Family Justice Center Sonoma County

Family Justice Center building Santa Rosa

John Jordan believes successful businesses should play an active role in improving the lives of citizens in need. That’s why he decided to put his beliefs into action and founded The John Jordan Foundation (JJF). A significant portion of the proceeds from Jordan Winery fund the foundation, which works to fight the negative effects of poverty. JJF provides financial and technical support to numerous nonprofits, with an emphasis on childhood education, income stability and health services. One charity that the winery’s foundation has chosen to support is the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (FJCSC).

The Family Justice Center organization helps victims and survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault and child abuse by providing convenient access to comprehensive support services under one roof. The police department, sheriff’s office, district attorney, health and human services, legal advisors, sexual assault counselors, and other community and religious organizations all have dedicated offices inside the FJC, and the center also raises money for those nonprofit partners.

“It is a fantastic model for the families and individuals it serves,” says Lisa Wittke Schaffner, executive director of JJF, who has sat on the FJCSC board since 2014. “In most communities, victims have to move all around the county to get help from these nonprofits, agencies and public servants. When people are recovering from this type of trauma, they need the inconveniences of transportation and traffic removed so they can focus on healing.”

According to Executive Director Wes Winter, the center serves roughly 1,600 victims each year.

“We help people of all ages, from cradle to rocking chair,” he says. “When people have been through trauma, and they don’t know where else to turn, they come to us. We protect the vulnerable, stop the violence and restore hope.”

As Winter explains it, when a victim comes into the FJCSC for services, he or she initially meets with a Navigator. This person helps the victim determine which services he or she needs to access with the center. Nonprofit partners located at the FJC include the YWCA of Sonoma County, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, Verity (sexual assault support services), the Council on Aging and Catholic Charities, to name a few. The John Jordan Foundation plays two key roles in the delivery of these services. For starters, direct monetary donations allow the FJCSC to fund nonprofit partners so they can continue providing services on-site. According to Winter, the FJCSC could not do its work without support from organizations like The John Jordan Foundation.

“We get federal dollars through the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime, but we need to augment those resources with community funds,” he says. “Support from John Jordan, his foundation, and Jordan Winery is critical to our survival and success.”

The winery’s foundation initially made a three-year commitment of $100,000 to fund the vital Navigator position. JJF continues to support the Family Justice Center cause through annual donations at its  “You Are Not Alone” breakfasts, hosted to raise funds for operating expenses. At the 2018 breakfast, The John Jordan Foundation committed $10,000 to kick off the fundraising event.

Santa Rosa Police Lieutenant John Cregan, head of criminal investigations.; Lisa Wittke Schaffner of The John Jordan Foundation and Serena Lienau, program analyst for the City of Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Partnership at the Family Justice Center’s You Are Not Alone” investment breakfast.

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Shannon Parkhurst

❤️❤️❤️❤️Hey guys I know you’re all pretty annoyed from hearing this start up nonprofit push but we really need your help. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

✅Since becoming a certified 501c3 our emails have been flooded with those in dire need. ✅I’m honored and blessed to see this growth but our funds are currently still pending awaiting donations and grants. 🛑We cannot do this without people like you, we cannot do this without the community in general. Grants are currently and diligently being worked upon while I will still work on marketing daily. However, I NEED YOU!! 🛑If you know anybody who owns a restaurant, business, or loves to help an amazing cause….. you know where to send them!

Our years projection will help more people than you can fathom. Please feel free to privately reach out if a public platform isn’t comfortable for you. The donation button will be active soon on Facebook which will go directly into the LAP fund. All donations are tax exempt using our EIN number- checks can be written directly to Lemon Aide Project and mailed to the business address:
300 Hansbery Way
Santa Rosa
CA, 95409
(415) 342-9977
EIN: 84-3382488


My name is Shannon Parkhurst, and I am writing on behalf of the Lemon Aide Project. Our organization was founded with the mission to provide relief for the poor, distressed, and underprivileged through fundraising, distributing aid to indigent recipients who request funds for temporary emergency assistance. Some examples of the emergency assistance we have provided include funding for items such as groceries, diapers, and other baby products, medication and/or medical bills, transportation, utility bills/re-connection fees, and other emergency needs.

At Lemon Aide Project, we are currently working to help those who are struggling financially. We help people in dire situations to get back on their feet and encourage their independence and sustainability moving forward. We are adamant about helping people who are working hard and putting in the effort to help themselves, which is why we have implemented strict rules and regulations in our verification process of each individual case. We fully verify each and every situation before distributing any funds, and ensure that we are not just putting a band aid over a continuous need. We wish to prevent homelessness and improve the health of individuals and families who have been struck with recent hardship by providing a range of culturally sensitive and easily accessible social services.

We at Lemon Aide Project strive to be individual. What makes us unique and sets us apart from any other non-profit is thecommunity project that hits close to home for a large portion of not just our members, but our state. California has been struggling due to a massive environmental crisis; wildfires. To keep the fire potential at ease, rolling blackouts are being put in place in order to keep the community safe. While we are encouraged that preventative action is being taken, we have seen firsthand the negative impact that multi-day power outages can have on those affected. We wish to help those who may have lost food and who are not prepared for being without power and possibly gas/water for multiple days. Even with these preventative measures being taken, wildfires still occur and disaster can strike with little to no warning. We have implemented a fund that will be passionately worked on, driven by true hardship. Our very own Vice President lost her home unexpectedly in the Tubbs Fire, while others among us were also evacuated. She feels extremely grateful that she and her family made it out safely, but knows the pain and struggle that comes along with losing everything and starting over with absolutely nothing. We are all dedicated to making a large impact on victims of both wildfire, and public safety power shut-offs.

As most of us here at Lemon Aide Project are parents, we have a large heart for the youth of our community. We have implemented an annual school supply drive at the end of each Summer for low-income families, as well as bi-annual toy drives. It is very important to us that children have everything that they need to learn and succeed.

In order to make a difference, we rely on the support of generous individuals and businesses in our community. We would be most grateful if you would consider providing a donation to our organization. Your support is critical to the completion of our latest projects, and we will gladly keep you updated regarding our progress, should you wish.

Please contact me at if you are able to support our efforts to make a difference in the community. You may also contribute by visiting our website at or by mailing a check to the above address. We are a fully certified 501(c)(3) organization, so any and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you so much for your kind consideration of our request, and we hope to hear from you soon.


Shannon Parkhurst

Lisa Mattson

Hi Shannon,
I’ve sent your note to the director of the John Jordan Foundation.


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