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  • The Family Place to Break Ground on Ann Moody Place

    by Manju Alexander | Jun 16, 2016

    Media Contact: Allie Lesiuk
    SMPR
    allie@strausspr.com
    214-352-6700

    The Family Place to Break Ground on Ann Moody Place
    Dallas-Based Domestic Violence Prevention Agency Celebrates
    Its New Central Dallas Counseling Center With
    Ground Breaking Ceremony 

     

    Major Donors at Ann Moody Place

    Representatives from Top Donors to the Legacy Campaign
    Stephanie Bernal, Kaleta Doolin, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody- Dahlberg, Paige Flink, Sarah Losinger, Susan Farris, T. Hardie

    [Dallas, TX – May TK, 2016] – On Tuesday, May 17th The Family Place will host a ground breaking ceremony for its new facility, Ann Moody Place, projected to open in Spring 2017. Among those who will be in attendance are current and past board members of The Family Place, donors to the current capital campaign, board members of Partners Auxiliary, members of SafeKeepers Giving Society, local city council members, representatives from the District Attorney’s office and the Mayor’s office, first ladies of area churches, doctors and administrators from area hospitals, financers of the facility, and The Family Place staff.

    “Breaking ground on the Ann Moody Place is a milestone for The Family Place,” says Paige Flink, Executive Director [rst1] at The Family Place. “We’re looking forward to celebrating with everyone who has made this new facility possible. The Ann Moody Place will provide domestic violence victims with additional shelter and programs that we have not been able to provide to them before, many of which are the first of its kind in the country.”

    The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided by Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, with speeches commencing at 12 p.m. Mike Coffey, Board President of The Family Place, will welcome all attendees to the ceremony, followed by speeches from various attendees instrumental in[rst2]  the center. The event will conclude with speakers participating in the symbolic dirt digging ceremony to commemorate the breaking of ground on the Ann Moody Place. The speakers will give remarks in the following order:

    Welcome
    Mike Coffey
    Board President, The Family Place 

    Invocation
    Minister Cathy Moffitt, Heartfelt International Ministries

    Remarks
    Paige Flink
    CEO, The Family Place

    Lynn McBee
    Foundation Board President, The Family Place

    Frances Moody Dahlberg
    Trustee & Executive Director, The Moody Foundation

    Councilman Adam Medrano
    District 2

    Councilwoman Jennifer Gates
    District 13, Chair of Domestic Violence Task Force

    Todd Nordeen
    Senior Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Bank

    Ryan Suchala
    Dallas Market President, Bank of Texas

    Gilbert Gerst
    Chairman, Dallas Development Fund
    SVP, BOK Financial

    Designed by leading architecture and design firm Corgan, The Ann Moody Place will feature: 13 emergency shelter bedrooms, housing up to 30 victims whom are in grave danger; a centralized hotline/call center to efficiently place clients in shelter or counseling throughout the city; an on-site kennel for beloved family pets that might prevent victims from fleeing to safety without them; specially designed play therapy rooms with observation areas and multiple activity rooms where children can receive the counseling they need; multipurpose spaces for job training to help clients increase their financial security and serve our youth violence education prevention program to prevent future victimization; a medical and dental clinic where residents and medical students from U.T. Southwestern Medical School, Parkland, and local dentists and doctors, can provide free medical and dental services to clients and their children; and finally, multiple private and group counseling rooms for victims to receive support to break the cycle of violence.

    The Ann Moody Place is located in Dallas, TX. For more information about the Ann Moody Place or The Family Place, please visit www.familyplace.org.

    ABOUT THE FAMILY PLACE

    The Family Place is one of the first family violence service providers in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families. The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services for in the State of Texas. Since 1978, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs In 2016, The Family Place will also be the first to open a shelter dedicated to serving the growing need of our male clientele.. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.

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  • The Family Place in Dallas plans to open first Texas shelter for battered men

    by Manju Alexander | Jan 20, 2016

    Dallas' The Family Place plans to open first Texas shelter for battered men

    January 20, 2016
    by Jeff Mosier
    The Dallas Morning News

    Dallas family violence cases increased by 7 percent last year. But the most stark rise at one local shelter was in the number of battered men needing a temporary place to stay.

    The Family Place nearly tripled the number of battered men it served last year compared with 2014. The 24 men assisted through November represented about 10 times the figure from just a few years ago, when the organization provided emergency shelter for two or three men annually.

    In response to the escalating need, The Family Place plans to open a separate shelter for battered men early this year. Executive director Paige Flink said it would be the first in Texas and one of the first in the nation.

    “Some people can’t believe me and others are saying, ‘Finally,’” Flink said about the new effort.

    Deputy Police Chief Rob Sherwin said about 20 percent of Dallas’ family violence victims are men. At The Family Place, men accounted for nearly 7 percent of those given emergency shelter last year. Nationally, about 8 percent of abuse victims calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline in November were men, about double the 2014 figure.

    Assisting battered men is a requirement for shelters that receive federal funding. But the issue has long been politically fraught, with some concerned it siphons attention and money from helping abused women. A large majority of abuse victims are women, who also make up a disproportionately large number of those killed.

    Still, men are a substantial minority of those abused. They’re also a group that’s now more likely to seek help thanks to new police procedures, changing gender role attitudes, greater acceptance of homosexuality and overall domestic violence awareness campaigns like the one started by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

    Flink said her organization already raised the money needed for the shelter with the help of a federal Victim of Crime Act grant but is still looking for the right location. The best option, she said, is something similar to The Family’s Place’s first shelter: a McKinney Avenue house.

    For at least 15 years, The Family Place has provided shelter for abused men, usually in rented hotel rooms or apartments. The number was steady but small until a few years ago.

    This recent surge, Flink said, made the existing model too expensive. She estimated that she spent about $147,000 last year on lodging for men. A small rented space for a separate shelter might cost about half that.

    Also, Flink said the old approach doesn’t provide a suitable setting for helping victims, who could use group therapy, legal assistance and case management.

    “It’s not therapeutic,” Flink said. “They’re isolated.”

    In 2015, Flink said a majority of men The Family Place served was gay. But there also were heterosexual men, some with three and four children.

    The Family Place could not find a male domestic violence victim willing to talk about his experience. The numbers are still relatively small and stigma still large.

    ‘Victim blaming’

    Katie Ray-Jones, president and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, said this is one of the rare cases when the male victims are at a disadvantage.

    “Your masculinity is challenged,” Ray-Jones said. “There is victim blaming.”

    Flink said her numbers show that several factors are starting to change views about domestic violence, particularly among young people. She said there’s an easing of gender stereotypes and rejection of the idea that an adult man can’t be abused by his wife or girlfriend.

    “The millennial generation doesn’t have the same patriarchal view,” she said.

    Flink said more people realize that death threats, stalking and other behavior don’t require one partner to physically overpower another.

    Also, the greater acceptance of gay relationships — illustrated most recently by U.S. Supreme Court legalization of same-sex marriage — increased the number of men seeking help. Closeted men would often avoid shelters fearing that that could out them to friends, family or co-workers.

    The Dallas police might get the most credit for the increased numbers, Flink said. Previously, the department gave domestic violence victims a card with information about available resources.

    “They’re [victims] in distress, and they might not do that,” Flink said.

    Now, officers responding to these calls fill out an 11-question “lethality” assessment. Depending on the responses, the officer will immediately put the victim on the phone with a representative from The Family Place or Genesis Women’s Shelter.

    Greater awareness

    Sherwin also credits citywide and national campaigns with bringing a greater awareness of domestic violence. The cases of high-profile athletes — such as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy — also bring the topic out of the shadows.

    Although reports of domestic violence were up in 2015, Sherwin said that’s likely the result of more victims willing to come forward rather than an increase in actual crime.

    “We’ll take these offenses because we’re trying to reduce domestic violence,” he said. “And to reduce it, we have to start getting out from the behind the scenes.”

    That applies to both men and women. Sherwin said the reduction in family violence deaths is a more accurate reflection of progress made.

    Most shelters have taken a similar approach to The Family Place and use hotels and apartments as substitutes for a dedicated shelter.

    In Lancaster, Calif., Valley Oasis pioneered a different approach about 25 years ago. The Southern California nonprofit became the first domestic violence shelter to offer shelter services to battered men, CEO Carol Crabson said. That was considered “taboo” since family violence shelters grew out of the women’s movement.

    In this case, the shelter mixed both men and women victims. Crabson said it didn’t feel right to treat them different, and the two groups could learn from each other.

    “If you were a victim of domestic violence, you deserve the same comprehensive services provided to women,” she said. “This is not a numbers game. This is not a gender thing. This a quality of life issue.”

    Flink said mixing men and women wasn’t an option for The Family Place.

    “We are not going to do that,” she said. “For a woman especially, the dynamic of a man’s violence against her can be frightening. … There’s a therapeutic reason to not mix the populations.”

    But Flink said she still wants to provide the same level of service women have received for decade.

    “I don’t want it to be an afterthought,” she said.

    Read the full article at dallasnews.com!

  • MySweetList 2016- The Family Place

    by Manju Alexander | Jan 04, 2016

    MySweetList 2016: The Family Place

    December 30, 2015
    by Jean Prejean
    MySweetCharity.com

    As we get ready to enter into 2016, take a moment to read The Family Place CEO Paige Flink's 2016 MySweetList in MySweetCharity!

    "What do I wish? I wish women and children were safe from violence at home. I wish there were not so many people in our community who need help to escape family violence, making it hard for us to fill all the requests for shelter. I wish The Family Place had to close because no one needed our services.

    “But in reality, the demand for help ofte...n exceeds our ability to help. So, instead, I have to wish that our amazing supporters will continue to be generous and give to The Family Place so we can be there to say ‘Yes, there is a room for you in the shelter tonight.’

    Read the full article at MySweetCharity.com!

  • Happy Holidays from The Family Place

    by Manju Alexander | Dec 23, 2015

    Happy Holidays from The Family Place

    2015 Holidays at The Family Place - Happy Holidays

    Today, we have 96 women & children at our Safe Campus and 2 men in hotels.

    On behalf of all of them, we thank you for giving them
    a safe place to be this holiday season.

    Below is a letter written by a client of The Family Place.
    Her words show how you make a difference.

    Dear Friend of The Family Place,

    They say it takes someone outside the box to point out what you don’t see in yourself. This is me outside your box today, sharing what I see in you. You have given generously by faith, without actually witnessing firsthand what your donation, funding and sponsorship have accomplished. You fight for those who are too weak to fight for themselves. You clothe, feed and shelter children and women who finally have obtained the courage to say, “no more.” I thank you for being just that for many women like me.

    I made the call, and came to the shelter with only the clothes on my back and a backpack for each child. If it were not for you, I would probably have been killed. You provided classes that helped me learn how to be a mother to my children. You gave me time to myself in order to think what my next step would be. You gave my children joy and therapy because I was not in my right mind to heal them. You provided a roof over my head. You paid for my school so that I could feel confident and proud of myself and accomplished. You helped build my self esteem, allowing me to get a job without fear and anxiety. You fought back for me by providing legal assistance.

    I am humbled and in your debt. You inspire me to give back and do for other women as you have done for me.

    Please continue to give. There is so much to do and so many more like me to save.

    Sincerely,
    Maura

    Thank you for helping us make a difference in Maura's life.

    Thank you for helping us continue to save lives.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and safe
    holiday season from The Family Place!

    2015 Holidays at the Family Place - Give Generously

    Happy Holidays from The Family Place

  • Because I could not say no from Paige Flink

    by Manju Alexander | Dec 16, 2015

    Because I couldn't say no...

    I am writing you today at a critical juncture to support the operations of The Family Place for 2015. We are facing a huge deficit and must raise critical funds before December 31, 2015.
     
    This predicament is my fault because I can’t say no to women, children and men whose lives are in danger because of family violence. When our shelter was full, I couldn’t tell these victims that there was no room for them. So we spent $147,000 on hotels in 2015 so we wouldn’t have to turn them away into the face of danger. Many of these rooms were for men who we can’t serve at our Safe Campus.

    • Because I couldn’t say no to providing healthier meals for clients living on our Safe Campus, we spent $174,000 this year on food—a 63 percent increase in our food budget.
    • Because I couldn’t say no to women who needed childcare so that they could look for work and find better jobs, we spent $123,000 on daycare in the community.
    • Because I couldn’t say no to women who needed the resources to move into safe apartments and start new lives, we spent $26,000 on moving costs.

    All of these expenses directly benefited clients because we didn’t say no.

    As the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state of Texas, we are committed to being here for those who need us when they need us most. We hold strongly to the idea that victims' injuries and deaths are identifiable, knowable and preventable—if we are here to answer the calls for help.
     
    Please join me—don’t say no to these vulnerable victims. Every dollar counts. Your support of our services will help us keep them safe.
     
    Sincerely, 
    Paige Flink, CEO

    2015 Hoilday - Paige Flink - Because I couldnt say no

  • New Domestic Violence Shelter for Men in WFAA

    by Manju Alexander | Dec 15, 2015

    New Domestic Violence Shelter for Men in WFAA

    Rebecca Lopez talks with Paige Flink about the growing numbers of men seeking shelter at The Family Place. In light of this need, The Family Place will be opening the first male only shelter in the state of Texas.

    If you need help, please call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 214-941-1991.

  • This is my home because of you

    by Manju Alexander | Dec 10, 2015

    2015 Holidays at The Family Place - This is my home because of you

     

    This holiday season, we hope you know the comfort of a safe and loving home, and we thank you for bringing that gift to 888 women and children who took shelter at our Safe Campus this year.

    In so many ways, the children at The Family Place are just like the children you know, except they want things that many of us take for granted like a safe home. The Family Place not only keeps them safe but also provides comprehensive services and a clear supportive path for them to progress from fear to safety.

    With your generous support today, thousands of children will learn that a home can be safe, love doesn't hurt, and peace can be lasting.

     2015 Holidays at the Family Place - Give Generously

     24-Hour Crisis Hotline:
    214-941-1991

    donations@familyplace.org

    Music Credit: This is my home by Switchfoot

  • Merry Christmas to the clients at The Family Place from Jason Witten and Tony Romo

    by Manju Alexander | Dec 02, 2015

    Merry Christmas to the clients at The Family Place from the Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten and Tony Romo!

    Thank you for providing some holiday cheer to our clients!!

    ‪#‎niceguys

    2015 The Family Place Holiday Party with Jason Witten Tony Romo

    2015 The Family Place Holiday Party with Jason Witten Tony Romo 2

    2015 The Family Place Holiday Party with Jason Witten Tony Romo 3

     

  • Pottery Barn's Give a Little Hope Program benefits The Family Place

    by Manju Alexander | Dec 01, 2015

    It's always the quiet gestures of giving that truly make the holidays meaningful. Pottery Barn's Give a Little Hope program in Dallas will benefit The Family Place. Buy one of the German Glitter Houses and a portion will be given to The Family Place. Happy Shopping!

     

  • The Family Place Receives Grant From Texas Bar Foundation for Legal Services

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 25, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

    Contact: Rahel Tekola
    214-443-7711
    rstekola@familyplace.org

     

    THE FAMILY PLACE RECEIVES GRANT FROM TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION FOR LEGAL SERVICES

    November 25, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Family Place is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. These funds will strengthen our legal services program. 

    Currently, attorneys at The Family Place help clients free of charge with a variety of needs, such as temporary custody orders, divorce and support (spousal and child), custody, visitation and protective orders. This grant will provide legal assistance as well as more advocates for families seeking legal support in civil issues.

    “We are fortunate that the Texas Bar Foundation recognizes the need of our clients and continues to help us carry out our mission of helping families to a path of safety and a life free of violence”, says CEO Paige Flink.

    Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

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    About The Family Place
    The Family Place is one of the first family violence service providers in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services for in the State of Texas. In 37 years, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.

  • Shedding light on consequences of domestic violence in WFAA-TV

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 25, 2015

    Shedding light on consequences of domestic violence

    November 23, 2015
    by Rebecca Lopez
    WFFA-TV

    The numbers are staggering. One hundred thirty-two women were killed in domestic violence cases last year.

    The youngest victim was 16, the oldest victim 90.

    The majority of them were shot.

    News 8 is committed to putting the spotlight on this issue. Estella Segovia survived domestic violence, and shared her story with us.

    "When did the abuse start?” we asked.  She said it began three weeks after she got married.

    For seven years, Estella lived in a private Hell.

    "He hit me, he kicked me in my face when I was on the floor,” she said. “He put a pillow over my face and tried to smother me."

    Her now ex-husband Joseph Buckaloo reigned terror over her life.  A tyrant who controlled her every move.

    "They think abuse is control and getting what you want,” Estella said.

    Tired of the beatings, Estella filed for a protective order and left -- that was in 2012.

    "I started to follow the directions and I got the protective order- within a week he had already violated it at my home."

    Like most domestic violence victims, she lived in fear her ex-husband would find her and kill her.

    Her worst nightmare came true. He showed up at her cousin's house, armed with a gun demanding Estella leave with him.

    For the first time, she told him no. And that proved to be fateful.

    "Once I closed the door and locked it, that's when I heard the cocking of the gun," she said.

    Buckaloo fired dozens of rounds.

    "I started hearing the glass breaking,” Estella said. “Shot after shot after shot is when I really felt it, so surreal like it wasn't happening."

    When the bullets stopped, Estella's cousin, who was also at the home, was shot in the face.

    "I blamed myself for a long time for being there,” Estella said. “She ended up losing her left eye."

    All this after Estella made the decision to leave.

    She was going through counseling at the Family Place.

    Statistics show of the women killed in domestic violence incidents, 75 percent die after leaving.

    More than half die by gunfire.

    "When a batterer realizes he's lost control of his partner, that is when she is in the most danger, especially if you have filed for divorce, served divorce papers or say I am leaving you,” Paige Flink of the Family Place said. “That is when you have to have a safety plan to be able to get out."

    Estella's ex was sentenced to 99 years in prison. She no longer had to look over her shoulder.

    And she encourages other victims to seek help and shelter because she says their lives depend on it.

    Read more at WFAA-TV!

  • Congratulations to Paige Flink for being featurded in D CEO's The Dallas 500

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 25, 2015

    Congratulation to Paige Flink, our CEO at The Family Place, for being featured in D Magazine CEO’s The Dallas 500 publication which celebrates the most influential leaders in North Texas!

    We are glad to have you leading us!

    2016 D Magazine CEO - Paige Flink

  • Thank you to everyone that supported Partners Card!

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 25, 2015

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    We want to take a moment and thank EACH and EVERYONE of YOU who supported Partners Card benefiting The Family Place this year!!!

    You help us save the lives of countless women, men and children who come to The Family Place. From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank you.

    Special thanks go to all of the wonderful retailers, our amazing sponsors, our Retail Sales Liaisons and Community Card Sellers for making 2015 Partners Card possible!

  • The Family Place Announces Opening of the First Male-Only Shelter in Texas

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 21, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

    Contact: Rahel Tekola
    214-443-7711
    rstekola@familyplace.org

    THE FAMILY PLACE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THE FIRST MALE-ONLY SHELTER IN TEXAS
    Plans to open The Family Place Men’s Shelter in January 2016

    October 21, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Family Place announced plans today for the very first dedicated men’s domestic violence shelter in the state of Texas. To meet the increasing community demand for emergency shelter services for male victims and their children, The Family Place deemed this shelter the necessary next step in its expansion of services.

    The Family Place has spent an average of $20,000 per month this year in hotel costs for sheltering male victims and their children (19 male clients as of September 2015; double the total of 2014). Even with security, transportation and programming restrictions, hotels were the only option available to not only keep female and male clients separate, but also ensure that these men were not turned away when they asked for help. This increase in male victims coming forward is largely due to the successful Dallas Police Department Lethality Assessment Program and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ efforts to increase awareness.

    The Family Place will specifically develop staff and programming for the Men’s Shelter to meet the unique needs of this demographic, including shelter and counseling services for these men and their children.  The majority of the funding for this shelter will come from a new Victims of Crime Act grant, but The Family Place must raise additional funds from the community. 

    “A report being released by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tonight shows the incredible demand for shelter space and other services for victims of domestic violence,” says Paige Flink, Chief Executive Officer of The Family Place. “At The Family Place, we are committed to meeting the need to the best of our ability as long as the financial support from the community is there. We cannot do it without their help.”

    The Family Place plans to open its new Men’s Shelter in January 2016.  Efforts to find the location are ongoing, as it is important to find a space that best serves this population of victims.  The Family Place welcomes recommendations and assistance from the community as it continues its search. This project will develop concurrently with The Family Place Legacy Capital Campaign that will also include 30-36 beds to serve as an overflow emergency shelter when the shelter at The Family Place Safe Campus is full. 

    For more information, please contact Rahel Tekola at 214-443-7711 or rstekola@familyplace.org.

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    About The Family Place
    The Family Place is one of the first family violence service providers in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services for in the State of Texas. In 37 years, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. For more information, visit www.familyplace.org.

  • Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Join Us to PutTheRingInIt

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 07, 2015

    We are excited to have the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders join The Family Place to ‪#‎PutTheNailInIt‬ by rocking the purple nail polish!

    Together we can end domestic violence! ‪#‎dvam‬ #putthenailinit ‪#‎gopurple‬ ‪#‎endviolence

    Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders PutaNailinit

  • Moody Foundation gives $5 million to The Family Place

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 07, 2015

    Moody Foundation gives $5 million to The Family Place

    by Holly Haber
    October 1, 2015
    The Dallas Morning News

    The Moody Foundation has donated $5 million to the The Family Place as the cornerstone of a $13 million capital campaign to establish a new counseling center and emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

    “It’s the largest single donation we have ever received in the history of the Family Place,” said Paige Flink, executive director, as she announced the gift and campaign at the organization’s Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Anatole.

    The nonprofit group has secured a building on 2.5 acres in the Medical District and will begin renovations in March, Flink said. The 40,000-square-foot facility will have 40 beds for female victims and their children and will also have room for counseling, job training, play therapy, anti-bullying youth education, a child development center and a 24-hour hotline. The Family Place’s existing safe campus, which houses 110 beds, will continue to operate, she noted.

    “We thought we would never need more space,” Flink said. “But Dallas has grown and evolved and this issue has changed, and more people are getting help because they are aware of our services.”

    The new center will be named Ann Moody Place in honor of the mother of Frances "Francie" Moody-Dahlberg, a trustee of the Moody Foundation.

    "My heart is touched when I think of the legacy of rebuilt hopes, restored futures and simple dreams of safety that Family Place has given to so many women in Dallas," Moody-Dahlberg said.

    Raising the remaining $8 million of The Family Place Legacy Campaign is "nerve-racking," Flink said, "but we are so sure that it's the right thing to do."

    Read the full article at DallasNews.com.

  • The Family Place Announces $13 Million Capital Campaign

    by Judy Hudson | Oct 01, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Rahel Tekola
    972-971-3671
    rstekola@familyplace.org  

    Ramona Logan
    214-882-2451
    ramona@rlimageadvantage.com 

    THE FAMILY PLACE ANNOUNCES $13-MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
    For 40,000 sq. ft. Central Dallas Counseling Center

    October 1, 2015 – Dallas, TX – The Family Place announced plans for a $13- million capital campaign to turn a recently purchased building into a 40,000 square foot Central Dallas Counseling Center. The announcement was made today during The Family Place’s 20th Trailblazer Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

    The Central Dallas Counseling Center will allow The Family Place to house expanded victim counseling services and its administrative offices in a location easily accessible by bus and rail. This includes providing space for domestic violence victims and their children to receive therapeutic counseling and case management, as well as the Dignity at Work job training program that assists in financial empowerment, the Be Project youth bullying and violence prevention education program, and an on-site child development center.

    "The Family Place Legacy Campaign – Building Hope for the Future, will allow us to do just that for our clients," said Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink. "With more space, we plan to use the design and planning phase for the building to develop innovative ways to utilize technology to benefit the domestic violence community as well as increasing program services to help victims become victorious survivors."

    The Family Place utilized client focus groups to determine what is needed in the new facility. To meet the increasing community demand for emergency shelter beds, the new facility will include an emergency shelter with 40 beds. This will be in addition to The Family Place Safe Campus emergency shelter that has 110 beds and constantly operates at capacity. The new facility will also have an on-site kennel so clients who are forced to flee their homes do not have to leave their pets behind.

    "One of the most important components of this construction effort will be the ability to specifically design spaces to expand our children's counseling program," explained Paige Flink as she addressed the Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon crowd. "Children are greatly affected by witnessing violence in the home and, without intervention, can suffer a lifetime of issues related to those experiences. This new facility will allow us to create specially designed play-therapy rooms with observation areas, multiple activity rooms where children can be placed in age-appropriate groups, and the ability to provide dinner meals to children while their mothers are in counseling. We want to make sure this new facility has a positive impact on these most vulnerable victims of family violence."

    The building will include a centralized hotline/call center to efficiently place clients in shelters or schedule counseling appointments in our multiple locations. The Family Place is exploring the possibility of having a centralized community-wide intake phone number for domestic violence victims to call. This way, when shelters are full, victims won’t have to call several shelters to find a place to stay, the hotline can help them find the closest available location.

    "The expanded space will help us to better prepare our clients to start new lives by expanding our training and education rooms," added Flink. "We will be able to have a client computer lab in the new facility that will allow us to empower clients with hard and soft job-skills programming and certificate and employment training, as well as providing collaboration with organizations like the Dallas County Community College District, Per Scholas and other job training programs."

    The Family Place plans to raise the $13 million by December 2016 and start renovations by March 2016. To find out more about The Family Place Legacy Campaign and how to donate, visit www.familyplace.org.

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    About The Family Place: In 1978, a group of community volunteers organized The Family Place as one of the first family violence service organizations in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    In 1978, a group of community volunteers organized The Family Place as one of the first family violence service organizations in the state with a mission to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

    Started as a grass-roots organization, The Family Place now provides the largest number of victim services in the State of Texas. In 37 years, The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its youth program, Be Project, reaches approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs. All the programs are provided in Spanish and in English. www.familyplace.org

  • Watch Christina Coultas & Courtney Butts on Plugged in to DFW

    by Manju Alexander | Sep 15, 2015

    Watch Christina Coultas & Courtney Butts on CBS DFW Plugged in to DFW

    Learn more about our organization and why you should give this Thursday for North Texas Giving Day!!

    2015 TFP on Plugged into DFW

  • Watch Christina Coultas on Fox News 4 respond to Cowboys signing Greg Hardy

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 18, 2015
    Christina Coultas, Sr Director of Community Collaboration at The Family Place, was on FOX 4 News Wednesday, March 18 at 9pm to talk about Greg Hardy signing with the Dallas Cowboys. 


    Click here to watch the video clip -http://www.fox4news.com/clip/11252710/domestic-violence-shelter-director-talks-greg-hardy-domestic-violence!

  • TFP CEO Paige Flink responds to Cowboys interest in Greg Hardy

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 18, 2015
    What participants at Dallas Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women think about Cowboys interest in Greg Hardy

    March 18, 2015
    by David Moore
    The Dallas Morning News

    Greg Hardy’s visit with the Cowboys should wrap up later today.

    Also scheduled to wrap up later today is the 10thAnnual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

    The three-day conference is taking place in a hotel in downtown Dallas just miles away from where the Cowboys host Hardy. The defensive end’s history of violence – his conviction for assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend was recently overturned when the accuser failed to appear for trial – is the sort of story used to help educate law enforcement, advocates, medical personnel and others on the issues surrounding domestic abuse.

    Paige Flink is the CEO of The Family Place shelter. She said the allegations against Hardy sound damaging but stressed they didn’t ultimately result in a conviction. If the club does sign Hardy, she suggests the Cowboys make him attend batterer’s intervention and prevention classes as a condition of employment.

    “People can change,’’ Flink said.

    The Genesis Women’s Shelter, along with the Dallas Police Department, sponsors this conference. Jan Langbein, the CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter, said it takes more than winning to make a football team successful. She said the city wants to be proud of the Cowboys and stated they can do better than signing someone with a background of violence.

    Langbein emphasized the need for zero tolerance regardless of wealth or status and questioned if Hardy would be hired if he wasn’t a high-profile professional athlete.

    “There shouldn’t be an exception no matter who you are,’’ she said. “Are we that easily bought?’’

    Read the full article at dallasnews.com.


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