40 Stories for 40 Years: Paige Flink

by Emily Roberts | Jun 21, 2018

Paige Flink’s original role at The Family Place was as a volunteer. She began as part of a group organizing a new young professionals organization in 1989, Helping Hands, and became its president in 1990.

“I visited the shelter in Oak Cliff, and just couldn’t believe women had to abandon their homes, bringing their clothes with them in black trash bags, and live in a place with bars on the windows all because they were afraid of someone who was supposed to love them,” Paige, now CEO of The Family Place, says.

Paige Flink and sons Alex and Mason

In 1991, Paige joined the staff, became our Director of Community Education, and started to increase awareness about family violence in general and The Family Place in particular through events that would grow into some of the most successful in the city—Pepsi KidAround, Palm Night and Partners Card, just to name a few. When she joined the staff, Paige was a young wife and mother with two boys—Mason, 3, and Alex, three months. She had a degree in fashion merchandising and strong sales experience. She didn’t know much about family violence, but she did know how to tell a story.

“I guess what I brought to The Family Place was I had the ability to sell the cause,” Paige says. “I could share compelling stories about people who didn’t have a voice at the moment.”

    

Through it all, Paige says, it was important to have men in her life—her sons and her husband, Randy—who supported her while she gave her all to help victims working to escape abuse. Today her sons are 30 and 27, and she says they consider themselves feminists. Paige is proud of that and of the relationships she’s built over the years through The Family Place.

“There are volunteers and donors who started when I did who still support The Family Place,” she says. “The willingness of these people to stay involved has paved our road to success. When I started this work, family violence had no news coverage. Then in 1994 came the gruesome murder of  Nicole Brown Simpson, which focused enormous attention on the problem. Since then The Family Place has emerged as a reputable expert in the field both locally and nationally, sharing our knowledge about how services for domestic violence victims can be improved. Laws have been written to protect victims, and the community has joined us in believing that domestic violence is a cause to support. We’ve gone from having an emergency shelter with 40 beds and one counseling office to having three shelters with 178 beds, 25 transitional housing apartments and four counseling offices. When I look back, that progress is definitely rewarding.”