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

by Emily Roberts | 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.

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