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.


She Touched So Many People


Celebrating a Life Well-Lived


December 15, 1947 to December 22, 2020


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved founder and leader, Sharon Chatman, on December 22. Sharon, Chat, Judge, Coach – wore many hats in her long career, but in each role she freely

and openly shared her love and respect for all people. Her laughter was contagious, her smile legendary, and her hugs cherished.

Sharon’s legacy will live on through the thousands of people she touched, from basketball teammates, to players she coached, to justice system colleagues, to those who volunteer for and benefit from her non-profit organization Building Peaceful Families.

Sharon led a remarkable life, fueled by her endless energy and her total commitment to celebrating the positive in people. She believed to her core that there is good in everyone. Sharon treated each person with respect, kindness, and fairness, and we honor her by following that example in our own lives.

Click here to learn more about the remarkable life of Sharon Chatman.


In lieu of flowers, you may make donations through this website, or send to Building Peaceful Families, PO Box 261, Campbell, CA 95009.

"The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Birthday Sharon

December 15, 2020