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Building Peaceful Families celebrates, educates, and inspires individuals through programs that help them become more involved, responsible, and committed family and community members.



Founded in 2004 by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman, Building Peaceful Families has provided programs in our community that enrich the lives of men, women, and children. By encouraging, educating, honoring, and engaging parents and other role models, we have positively impacted the lives of thousands of Bay Area children.  



BPF specifically targets the underserved in our community - grandparents raising their own grandchildren, father and father figures, single parents, parents in the criminal justice system, teenage fathers and mothers, and people with physical challenges. We know that by making a positive impact on an adult, we will positively influence the life of a child.


It is difficult to adequately express the importance of the BPF mission, and the determination and passion we feel for what we do. By treating every one of our program participants with dignity and respect, we are actively striving to build peaceful families in the San Francisco Bay Area.



“No Strings Attached”

Elmwood Women’s Facility Project

In 2020, Building Peaceful Families developed the No Strings Attached Campaign to ensure that all women leaving custody at Elmwood Correctional Facility have access to hygiene kits with necessary toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary supplies, and deodorant. In addition, we created quarterly programs for multiple women’s units at the jail.  Our objective is to provide emotional support, mentoring and encouragement to this very vulnerable population.  BPF believes that strategically focusing on basic needs will contribute to stabilization, reduce the risk of recidivism and victimization, and will support our mission to increase quality of life for incarcerated women, their children and families.

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2023 Judge Sharon Chatman Memorial Red Rocks Challenge

Old friends and new friends - runners, walkers, and cheerleaders - THANK YOU to all who came out on Saturday morning, August 5 to enjoy the sunshine and honor the memory of our founder, Judge Sharon Chatman.  We had SO much fun, and hope to see everyone again next year!

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