| Oct 01, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rahel Tekola
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.
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