• Program Highlight: Faith &Liberty's Place

    by Emily Roberts | Apr 07, 2020

    Faith and Liberty Battaglia were tragically killed by their father in 2001 as their mother listened through the phone. To honor their lives, The Family Place created Faith and Liberty’s Place in 2003.

    Faith and Liberty’s Place (FLP) is a safe, neutral environment for supervised visitations or monitored parent exchanges. Parents’ issues stemming from domestic violence, such as divorce or custody battles, often get in the way of a child’s safety. FLP prioritizes the safety of both children and parents to prevent any abusive behavior.

    Most FLP clients are court referrals due to a history of family violence. While clients must reside in Dallas county, they do not have to be clients of The Family Place. FLP is one of the only visitation sites that is free for clients, allowing non-custodial parents to spend time with their children without any financial burdens.

    The visiting and custodial parents park in separate parking lots, enter through separate entrances and arrive at different times to keep both parties safe from interacting with their partner. When the custodial parent arrives, he or she leaves the children with an FLP staff member to facilitate the visit. Once the supervised visitation concludes, the custodial parent leaves with the children and the visiting parent must wait an additional 30 minutes before leaving the premises.

    In one day, there can be roughly five to six clients that use FLP for visits. Our sight supervisor, Ja’Sprie Mickens, ensures that all visitations run smoothly for our clients since the site consistently operates at capacity. With a CPS background, Ja’Sprie has always prioritized children’s safety and is glad to work more closely with families.

    “My goal is to always put the child first. These children do not deserve to be caught up in grown up situations that are out of their control,” says Ja’Sprie.

    Clients are so appreciative of FLP because it allows children to maintain relationships with both parents while preventing any further conflict from arising. This one-on-one supervision of visits by an FLP staff member allows families to get the most out of their time together. In providing a safe space for visits and exchanges, we can continue to make Dallas a safer community. 

  • Will You Help?

    by Emily Roberts | Mar 25, 2020
    The Family Place is the first responder when a victim of family violence needs shelter. 

    What if your home was not a safe place? What if sheltering at home was the most dangerous place you could be? We've received calls from people being locked in rooms or stuck inside with their abuser because he's afraid she will contract COVID-19 if she leaves the house. Stress and financial struggles are also known to trigger abuse.

    This is what many people in abusive situations are currently facing. Records show that domestic violence hotline calls have increased in the midst of COVID-19, and we have already seen that to be true.
    The Family Place is here to serve and provide resources for those in need. We continue to take clients in our emergency shelters regardless of their symptoms. Once housed we take steps to get them testing if appropriate, medical care if needed, and isolation if necessary.
    In critical times, we are encouraged by how our community comes together to support one another. We need your financial support as we continue to provide safety and healing to victims of family violence. 

    Please make a donation today so we can continue to provide life-saving services to anyone who needs them.

    Thank you for your support of The Family Place,
    Paige Flink, CEO
    P.S. For more insight on how were our helping our community during this time, read this interview on WFAA Channel 8. 
  • Program Highlight: Dignity at Work

    by User Not Found | Mar 09, 2020

    At The Family Place, we offer a variety of services and programs for survivors of family violence to equip them with the necessary means and tools to get back on their feet and start a new, better life.

    Dignity at Work (DAW) is our job readiness program that helps clients obtain the necessary education, tools and resources to find employment and start building a sense of stability in their lives. Clients can participate in individual or group classes where they learn interviewing tips, how to avoid employment scams and participate in mock interviews.

    Dignity at Work seeks to reduce barriers to employment by providing scholarship opportunities, transportation, educational resources, and hosting on-site career fairs. [Clients may also receive clothing vouchers, gas vouchers and bus passes as needed.] Dignity at Work also offers financial education for clients to learn how to manage money effectively and ultimately become financially independent.

    Most importantly, Dignity at Work helps clients recognize and develop their unique skills, so they feel confident when applying for jobs. This program does not just help clients get a job but equips them with the with the tools and education to sustain long-term success.

    Bridget Smith is our Employment Specialist who works directly with clients to create individualized plans for success. Bridget must cultivate relationships with prospective employers across many industries to create opportunities for clients. She also helps coordinate resource fairs and career fairs. If the career fair is not at The Family Place, she will accompany clients to the fair. She is currently working on an apprenticeship program to provide another path of employment for clients. With so many opportunities, clients can find a position that suites their needs and skillset.

    As Bridget says, “the Dignity at Work program is different from any other program you will find in the community. The program is designed to meet the client where they are and build from there.”

    Many of our clients have gone on and succeeded in numerous positions as educators, administrative assistants, real estate agents and entrepreneurs. With Dignity at Work, victims of family violence have access to more job opportunities and are empowered to confidently start their new life as a survivor.

  • FORE! Golf & Tennis Tournament Returns for 14th Year

    by Emily Roberts | Mar 02, 2020

    DALLAS (February 5, 2020) - Dallas based family violence agency, The Family Place, is pleased to announce the 14th Annual FORE! Golf & Tennis Tournament will be held on Monday, April 6 at Lakewood Country Club. This year’s Golf Chair is Kerry Cole and the Tennis Chair is Sally Giddens Stephenson.

    Kerry Cole is the President of the Energy Equipment Segment at Arcosa, Inc.  Arcosa, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a growth-oriented provider of infrastructure-related products and solutions with leading positions in construction, energy, and transportation markets.

    Kerry was the President of Trinity Electrical Products until the time of the Arcosa spin-off. Prior to this, he was President of Trinity Structural Towers, Trinity Mining Equipment, Trinity Heads, and Trinity Structural Bridge business units along with other various leadership positions since joining Trinity Industries, Inc., in 2000. Kerry has over 29 years of experience in manufacturing organizations.

    Kerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.  He and his wife Kellie have three children and reside in Southlake. He is on the Board of Directors of The Family Place. 

    Sally Giddens Stephenson is the Principal of L+S Creative Group, a full-service branding, graphic design, marketing and advertising firm that works with startups and established businesses to provide cost-conscious, comprehensive branding and ongoing support.

    Sally is a former journalist with more than 28 years of experience. She started at The Dallas Morning News and was an associate editor at D Magazine for six years. Sally also worked for The Richards Group before starting her freelance career. She provides branding, marketing, creative concepts and copywriting. As a media strategist, she crafts storylines to maximize publicity or minimize exposure. 

    Sally is a prolific ghostwriter who has written 22 books for experts from various backgrounds and spends much of her time assisting nonprofits helping those in need. 

    Sally is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in English and German. She is an avid tennis player at Lakewood Country Club and is a proud grandmother. 

    FORE! Golf & Tennis Tournament will return to Lakewood Country Club and bring together loyal corporate partners, community members and donors for a fun day to benefit a critical mission. The golf tournament begins with a player check-in at 9:00 am and a shotgun start at 10:00 am. The round robin tennis tournament begins with the player check-in at 9:30 am, and the doubles tournament will start at 10:00 am.  Following the tournaments, guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and a try their luck at a Prize Pull.

    For tickets and sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Catherine Benavides at  mcbenavides@familyplace.org or 214-443-7770.
  • The Family Place to Break Ground on Ann Moody Place

    by Emily Roberts | Feb 10, 2020

    Media Contact: Allie Lesiuk


    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:

    Mike Coffey
    Board President, The Family Place 

    Minister Cathy Moffitt, Heartfelt International Ministries

    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 https://familyplace.org


    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  https://familyplace.org

  • Program Highlight: Be Project

    by Emily Roberts | Feb 03, 2020

    Be Project is our domestic violence education program that reaches out to middle school, high school and college students to teach them about healthy relationships. The Be Project’s main goal is to educate students, parents and the community about teen dating violence and domestic violence. Last year, we reached 7,812 students with our programs.

    Unfortunately, Dallas has a high domestic violence and teen dating violence rate, so this program is crucial to help end the cycle of domestic violence in our community. Nearly 1 in 3 teens who have been in relationships have experienced serious forms of dating violence or abuse.

    Each semester the Be Project educators are assigned four schools to work with as part of a ten-week program. There are roughly 30 to 40 kids per classroom and educators teach multiple classes at each school. Our educators create tailored presentations for every classroom that are relevant to the needs and personalities of the students.
    Be Project educators also actively reach out to the community by speaking at school lunches and attending football games.

    The key to the program is consistency. Be Project’s curriculum, just like Math or Literature, builds upon the lesson of the previous class to create a solid foundation in helping end the cycle of family violence. An educator missing a class not only throws off the lesson plan, but also the students and the progress that has been made. 
    “Be Project is here not just to help students, but also to support the community. We are a resource to prevent issues and answer any questions people may have,” says Jackie, one of our educators.

    Jackie’s favorite part of being an educator is the relationships she builds with the students. The connections she creates, whether for ten weeks or one day, are incomparable and genuine. As Jackie says, “the youth personally make my day. I can see the kids be themselves and share their intelligent and funny insights in the classroom. The students and I have a reciprocal respect for each other based on shared experiences.”

  • Program Highlight: Collin County Counseling Center

    by Emily Roberts | Jan 02, 2020
     The Family Place not only serves the Dallas community, but also helps victims throughout DFW. The Collin County Counseling Center offers a variety of services from domestic violence education programs to parenting classes. These groups provide a supportive, confidential environment for victims of family violence.

    Our domestic violence education program follows an 8-week curriculum that educates clients on a variety of topics such as different ways an abusive partner uses power and control, coping skills, and identifying signs of an unhealthy relationship. Our parenting classes follow the Love and Logic framework and help educate mothers on creating caring relationships.

    In addition to counselors we have a full-time case manager in Collin County, Ashleigh Hernandez. As a case manager, she stays in constant contact with her clients, reaches out to other organizations for resource and benefit support, and even goes to court a couple of times a week to be their support. On a given day, she can work with anywhere from two to five clients depending on their needs. “What we really do is guide the clients and help them utilize the resources that they have within themselves—their inner-resources. We serve as a catalyst for change and help guide the victims as they grow and develop a new life,” says Ashleigh.

    Ashleigh is a “life-line” to her clients. She makes sure they are not isolated and lonely as they try to leave their abuser or overcome the trauma of their situation. She helps these victims get back on their feet and develop skills to become a survivor.

    Ashleigh and the rest of our case managers serve as a shoulder to lean on during such a difficult part of their lives and help them start over. 
  • Program Highlight: Adopt-A-Family

    by Manish Patel | Dec 06, 2019

    At The Family Place, Adopt-A-Family is our program to bring holiday cheer to the families in our care. This time of year can be especially difficult for clients in our care. Traditions are left behind, and families are adjusting to a new place they are calling home. Adopt-A-Family allows the holiday season to be filled with hope and love for our clients.  

    Adopt-A-Family provides holiday gifts for all of our clients whether they are living in our shelters, transitional housing apartments, or come to us for outside services such as counseling and Dignity at Work classes. With the help of donors, over 300 families ranging from single women and men to parents with six children, are adopted through our program each year.

    Families in our care are given the chance to fill out a wish list where they include clothing sizes, number one gifts and other things they wish for during the holidays. We rely on Santa’s little helpers to make sure every family is adopted. Gifts are delivered unwrapped and donors provide wrapping paper, boxes, tape and bows, so the parents can wrap the gifts their children receive and be a part of the smile on their children’s faces.

    What makes it all worth it? As Meg Bittner, our Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager, says, “Often times, these gifts bring clients to tears because they are so appreciative of the generosity of donors and that their children can receive something for the holidays.”

    Clients are truthfully so thankful for their gifts and we are so grateful for the individuals and companies who make Adopt-A-Family possible year after year!

  • The Village Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation Funds Emergency Shelter Services at The Family Place

    by Manish Patel | Nov 25, 2019

    The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in Texas, is proud to announce a gift of $10,000 for Emergency Shelter Services from the Village Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation.

    “We are so grateful to be a recipient of funding from the Village Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation,” said The Family Place CEO Paige Flink. “These funds will help victims of family violence escape grave danger and provide a second chance at building healthy lives for themselves and their children. The Village Giving Circle is elevating awareness of issues that affect African Americans in North Texas. African-American women and their children represent the majority of those we serve and are more likely to experience domestic violence than women of other races/ethnicities, so we especially appreciate the impact these funds will make.”

    “The Family Place has a long history of serving the African-American community,” said A. Shonn Brown, Founding Officer and Co-chair. “We’re proud to support its efforts to save lives and change lives for the better.”

    Organized in 2017, the mission of The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation is to honor, sustain and expand the legacy of African-American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African-American community in North Texas. The Village was borne out of a desire to harness the collective giving power and influence of African-American women philanthropists, and in recognition of the need to provide opportunities for like-minded African-American women to form connections that enhance their civic leadership activities.

  • Program Highlight: Emergency Shelter Services

    by Manish Patel | Nov 11, 2019
    Our Emergency Shelter Services are crucial to keep victims safe as they leave their abusers. We prioritize the client to make sure they feel safe and supported while in our shelter. Across The Family Place’s three shelters we have a total of 177 shelter beds.  

    Upon arrival, clients are greeted by a resident advocate who ensures they feel safe and welcome from the moment they come through the doors. Clients are provided three meals a day and have access to a pantry with basic needs. Each victim in our emergency shelter is assigned a case manager who provides resources and day-to-day help.

    Once settled in our shelter, clients can participate in different programs within The Family Place. While our top priority for families in our shelter is to provide physical safety and emotional healing, we also have domestic violence education courses, parenting classes and employment classes to help victims get back on their feet and start a new life. An average stay in one of our shelters is around 45 days, but this varies depending on each individual’s situation. 

    At our shelters clients have access to childcare, a medical and dental clinic, and we even have an animal kennel for their furry friends. With these services on-site, they do not have to worry about transportation or financial barriers that could prevent them from getting help.

    Abby Davis, our Emergency Shelter Services Program Director at Ann Moody Place, oversees the daily operations of the shelter to ensure clients’ needs are being met and case managers have adequate support for their caseloads.

    One story that sticks out to Abby is a woman who struggled with immigration issues and had a young son with autism. She had no support from friends and family, but always had a positive attitude and remained patient with her son no matter the circumstance. She was able to get into our transitional housing program and has now moved into her own home to begin her new life.   

    “This agency is a blessing for many clients who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be safe and have an undisclosed location with trauma-informed care and educated staff with knowledge of domestic violence and the dynamics of abuse,” says Abby.

  • Partners Card Picks: Fort Worth

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 01, 2019
  • Partners Card Picks: Vodi Cook

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 01, 2019

    Vodi, girl boss of Plug PR, is using her Partners Card to save money all around Dallas! She is picking out some new custom pieces for her special man from Uncommon Man, and then treating herself at MARKET! Vodi plans on finishing her shopping trip with crafted cocktails from Tulum!

  • Partners Card Picks: Jenny Anchondo

    by Emily Roberts | Nov 01, 2019

    Many people don't think about Jenny's Partners Card faves: consignment shops, restaurants, and online shopping! She likes to keep her journey close to come with consignment shopping at Small Pockets of Texas for gently-used and absolutely adorable new children's clothing! She then heads to Village Burger Bar where she highly recommends getting her favorite combo: the Cobb Salad with a Ranch Water. Finally, she heads come with her daughter for some online shopping, making a beeline to Abi Ferrin for event season outfits and Baubles and Bangles for Christmas gifts for her girlfriends!

  • Partners Card Picks: Stephanie Seay

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 23, 2019

    Co-Chair, Stephanie Seay, loves shopping at NorthPark Center and can't wait to stop by her favorite stores during Partners Card. Stephanie has got her eyes on a pair of fabulous gold boots from Rebecca Taylor, and then plans on stopping by Maje to score some new pieces to add to her wardrobe! After a long day of shopping, she plans to refuel at Breadwinners Cafe & Bakery with her friends. Read more about Stephanie's Partners Card Picks on her blog, The Seayside

  • Partners Card Picks: Lee Cordon

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 23, 2019

    Lee Cordon loves strolling around The Plaza at Preston Center, and she plans on using her Partners Card to score great gifts at places like Kendra Scott and Swoozies. Of course, she will finish up her shopping trip with a treat from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

  • Partners Card Picks: Taylor Turner

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 23, 2019

    Taylor Turner, founder of Hazen & Co, is thrilled to save money with her Partners Card at these Dallas gems! She plans on stopping by Talulah & Hess and St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange to stock up on stylish and elegant gifts for her friends. Of course, she has to visit her Hazen & Co
    flagship store in Dallas during Partners Card! Lastly, Taylor is going to end her shopping spree with a delicious cocktail from Tullum.

  • Partners Card Picks: Kimberly Schlegel

    by Emily Roberts | Oct 18, 2019

    Kimberly can't wait to use her Partners Card to shop at some of her favorite stores in NorthPark Center, including Kate Spade, Diptyque, and Sugarfina. Also check out NorthPark Center's Guide to Partners Card and be on the lookout for our Partners Card Selling Table!

  • Partners Card Picks: Dallasites 101

    by User Not Found | Oct 16, 2019

    The Dallasites 101 Duo, Kara & Lily, are excited to use their Partners Cards to shop around West Village Dallas, especially at Nicole Kwon Concept Store for themselves and Q Clothier for the special men in their lives. Visit West Village, one of our shopping center sponsors, for lots of Partners Card fun! They also can’t wait to save and shop at all of our online retailers right from their phone – don’t forget to register your card for online shopping!

  • Partners Card Picks: PaperCity's Billy Fong and Lisa Shaddock

    by User Not Found | Oct 16, 2019

    Billy FongPaperCity Culture and Style Editor

    Exceptionally fancy olive oil from Royal Blue Grocery is always good to have on-hand, plus it makes you seem like a culinary superstar.

    For my new home, classic navy blue and white monogrammed towels from Ralph Lauren.

    Since I'm pretty boring with my towels, I need a whimsical navy and white zebra print bath mat from Jonathan Adler.

    Lisa ShaddockPaperCity Senior Editor

    I’ll get a head start on 2020 with a new planner. I swear by my Graphic Image datebook and Madison carries exclusive colors & prints.

    Our pup can’t get enough of the all-natural treats from Lucky Dog Barkery!

    You can never have enough picture frames, I’ll buy my favorite styles for myself and for last minute holiday gifts from The Ivy House.

  • Partners Card Picks: Jane McGarry - Host of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas

    by User Not Found | Oct 16, 2019

    Jacksons Home & Garden has some of the best Partners Card shopping in town – save on holiday décor, outdoor furniture, gift items and even grills!

    I’m so excited to treat myself to something beautiful from Bvlgari at NorthPark Center!

    Cos Bar in The Plaza at Preston Center is a mecca for all things beauty and wellness, it’s a must visit!

    Antèks Home Furnishings has been a Partners Card retailer since the very beginning – I love the store for gifts.