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FAMILY PLACE INC
May 12, 2010

I have been a client at TFP for 9 years. My 1st contact with TFP was on a weekend night. My then husband was beating me. I grabbed my baby, the phone, and a phone book. S.G. answered the phone and to this day is my advocate and therapist... I began counseling with a wonderful therapist in 2001. TFP helped me make a plan to leave. Eventually, I (along with my young child) was able to get away from my abuser (2003) and we divorced in 2004. TFP provided additional services. They helped me with career goals, provided transitional housing, and therapy for my child. Less than 1 year after my divorce, at the end of 2004, my abusers started abusing me through the family courts. I went back to TFP and they welcomed me with open arms. To this day I am still desperately trying to protect my daughter and myself due to the forced litigation of my abuser and a family court system which enables him. My counselor and the director of TFP have spent weeks in court testifying and being there for support during 5 1/2 years of court litigation. They have spent countless hours helping me find specialized resources, court watch, providing counseling which helps me cope with this nightmare, and many other things. TFP's job doesn't end once the victim leaves. Once upon a time, perhaps. Abusers have now made TFP's job much harder since they (abuser) have figured out how they can continue the reign of terror after divorce by using the family court. There is a whole new level of support that now must be made available for women and children. I have several amazing support systems in place and TFP is one of them. I sometimes wonder if I didn't have the TFP...would my daughter and I even be alive?

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

- preserving my well being through therapy. - having a free place to live while going through extreme trauma during litigation and being unable to work. - an amazing amount of support from TFP when others walked away. They never blame the victim.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

- wish more money could be earmarked by government funding for TFP to be able to help. - want to be able to FILL courtrooms with court watch each time a victim needed it for judicial and system accountability.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have never blamed me and are most supportive of my daughters and my situation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

non judgmental, compassionate, willing to help, and interested in what I had to say.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

- provide services for thousands more in need. - have a dedicated staff to provide court watch and then report how the judges behave. - provide legal representation for protective mothers. - organize silent vigils to stop family court abuse.

Ways to make it better...

there is nothing that would have made my experience better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

overcoming and educating a system that is failing abused women and children. I know how frustrating it is when the people (court, CAC, police, court appointed people, ADA, CPS) in position to help victims, fail them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am grateful to those at The Family Place who have stood by me and my daughter for many years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I began receiving services in 2001 for domestic violence.