BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A memorial birthday party was held Sunday for a Western New York woman who made it her mission to reunite imprisoned men with their families and help them adjust back into their communities.
Sister Karen Kilmiczak founded what came to be known as Peaecprints of Western New York, a non-profit that offers comprehensive reentry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system.
Sunday's memorial birthday celebration included a bounce house, magic show, balloon animals, fire truck tours and treats.
Peaceprints arose from Sr. Karen's Home Of Positive Experience or HOPE House that provided a transitional home for men recently released from prison.
In April 2006, Sr. Karen's life was tragically cut short when she was killed by one of the men she had helped.
Those who knew Sr. Karen say she had a remarkable passion for helping others, particularly the most at-risk in communities.
"She started Hope House as a place where the guys who were incarcerated could come, but get the skills that they needed, get jobs, get back on their feet, and get the families back together again," said Sister Jean Klimczak.
Her birthday was October 27.