JJ Safe House was founded in 2015 by Jennifer Panczyszyn with the goal to give back to the Fulton County community by providing a Safe House for women and children experiencing the traumatic effects of Domestic Violence. This would be the first and only Domestic Violence shelter in Fulton County, which covers a staggering 407 square miles. This is 100 square miles larger than New York City. For a local comparison, the City of Toledo expands over 84 square miles. Fulton County includes the towns of Archbold, Assumption, Fayette, Fulton Township, Delta, Lyons, Metamora, Pettisville, Swanton, and Wauseon.
In 2015, there were 362 Domestic Violence calls to the Fulton County Sheriff’s 911 Department (Fulton County Sheriff, Roy Miller). The closest shelter is located in Defiance, Ohio which is 38.9 miles or 47 minutes from the eastern edge of Fulton County. Logistically that is not an option for a family to relocate with children.
Our goal is to assist the Sheriff’s Department in filling gaps for Fulton County victims. We provide hotel vouchers, meal vouchers, and gas cards to put a “band-aid” on immediate needs. We partner with other agencies to provide therapy, counseling, and legal services. We also partner with local food pantries, clothing closets, and other non-profit agencies for referrals. Our first home is open in Archbold.
We are seeking donations to fulfill the goal of building, leasing or buying two additional homes in Wauseon and Swanton where we can house and rehabilitate families in a safe long-term environment.
Our foundation will provide financials upon request.
Thank you for your support.
Jennifer was raised in Fulton County, Ohio, in a home with domestic violence. Her passion to break the cycle, one child at a time, inspired her to create JJ Safehouse.
Jennifer, is a financial advisor at Edward Jones and holds her CRPC. She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University with a Master Degree in Business. Jennifer is married to Brian and has three children and three grandchildren.