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Family Place Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of The Family Place is to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.

Programs: The Family Place offers free comprehensive services in both Spanish and English for all victims trying to escape the cycle of family violence. We provide everything victims need to be safe – a 24-hour hotline, safe housing, legal help, children’s educational services, counseling and job training—to empower them to become survivors. Emergency Shelter - We are the largest provider of shelter for domestic violence victims in North Texas with 110 beds at our Safe Campus, 47 beds at Ann Moody Place, and 20 beds at our men’s shelter. All facilities can add cribs as needed. Transitional Housing - Our Supportive Living program includes extended-stay apartments as well as counseling, education, job-skills training and financial education that allow clients to gain resources on their path from fear to safety. Children’s Education - The Safe Campus has an on-site, licensed and accredited early childhood education program for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, a K-2 school, and an after-school program for K–12 students. Community-Based Counseling - Clients who need counseling but are not living at our shelter receive services at one of three outreach offices. Our children’s counselors use play therapy and activity-based programming to help children learn to feel safe and stop hurting. We also provide free counseling for victims of sexual assault, incest and childhood sexual abuse. Animal Kennel - Ann Moody Place provides animal kennels to ensure the whole family, pets included, is safe from violence. Medical and Dental Clinics - Our Safe Campus and Ann Moody Place clinics provide health assessments, screenings, immunizations and dental care to clients in our shelter and counseling programs. Legal Services - Attorneys help clients free of charge with a variety of needs, such as temporary custody orders, divorce and support (spousal and child), custody, visitation and protective orders. Be Project - A prevention program that educates youth be part of the solution to end teen dating violence and family violence. Resale Shop - Clients use vouchers to shop at our Resale Shop for personal and household items. The store is open to the public and accepts donations. Faith and Liberty’s Place - This safe, neutral, child-friendly center provides supervised child visitation and monitored exchanges with noncustodial parents. Battering Intervention and Prevention Program - Abusers working to change their violent behavior complete specialized intervention groups in our court-ordered/fee-based accredited program. Dignity at Work - Through career and financial empowerment training, our job-readiness program inspires and equips clients to gain economic independence with dignity.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The family place was so helpful and caring. They made u feel safe

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Family Place Retail Store is a venue that allows concerned citizens a way to donate person articles and volunteer hours to increase store funds and reduce shop expenses. Cash donations are not required for supporters to make a difference in helping others in need of family counseling and protection.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The family place is fantastic, most people think of them because of the great service they do for domestic violence, but they also have an excellent group of therapists dedicated to helping incest survivors. I was raped by my Dad and found so much comfort in joing a group of other women who had gone through the same thing. They taught us about boundaries, relationships, how to stand up for ourselves, say no and a million other things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a domestic violence survivor, I spent five years in both private and group therapy to understand what I had been through, identify ways in which I could avoid future abuse, and improve my self-image, as well as understand my PTSD and work through it . I was taken care of so well, and I was supported through many situations. The Family place were counselors and advocates to me in a time of great need and I will always be grateful to them for helping me and my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Family Place provides over 150,000 service hours each year, shelters over 1,000 women, children and men, and provides transitional housing to nearly 200 women and children. When families are in the care of The Family Place, they strive to meet all of their needs – housing, food, medicine, education, just to name the major ones. Through intervention, emergency shelter, and crisis counseling for all victims—women, children and men— The Family Place saves lives and through transitional housing and case management, The Family Place transforms lives for the better. I am currently a Board Member of The Family Place, and have been for five years. The dedication and perseverance of Paige Flink, the Executive Director, and the entire staff of The Family Place to make a difference in the lives of our citizens is extraordinary. They are exemplary stewards of the resources they obtain, providing comprehensive, quality services to remarkable numbers of people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Family Place is the flagship domestic violence shelter in Dallas. They do an outstanding job of not only housing domestic violence victims, but of offering intensive supportive services to help them take care of themselves and their children. Further, TFP offers outreach and counseling services throughout Dallas for victims AND offenders. They definitely deserve 5 stars!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to the Family Place for their incest recovery counseling services several years ago. The Family Place and their incest recovery counselors have helped me to change my life for the better. The counselors are experts at helping people who were sexually abused. (Other counselors I tried were not nearly as effective, I think because they don't have the incest-specific training.) They helped me to learn to take care of myself, and how to know who to trust and when. I am much happier and more confident today as a result.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to the Family Place a several years ago for counsling as a victim of domestic violence and the Family Place was aport in a storm for me whenI really needd it. Several years ago I decided that I wanted to volunteer my time because my son was now an adult and there was no other place that I wanted to give my time to other than the Family Place. I have been volunteering for the Family Place BIPP prorgram for three years now and it has been s o rewarding for me and I have really enjoyed being at the Family Place. I have watched as the counlors at the Family Place do wonderful work and help to change lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been touched by the lives of women and how one person can touch another and make a difference. My calling and PASSION is to be a light in a dark world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Family Place provides a multitude of services that help people who are victims of domestic violence. When a person comes to The Family Place, that individual can expect to be treated with respect and kindness. The Family Place goes beyond providing short-term and long-term shelter. The Family Place works to break the cycle of violence, helps victims with legal issues, and helps survivors emerge back into the community. In the most simplistic terms, The Family Place saves lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I have seen the wide variety of services The Family Place offers to our community. The Family Place has been instrumental in helping women and children who need help the most.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new board member, I continue to be impressed by the services provided by The Family Place. This organization helps thousands of women and children escape from domestic violence and begin to build a new life. During our board initiation, we heard from a young woman that had totally turned her life around. She gained new confidence, obtained a college degree and put herself and children on a positive path. This young woman was quite articulate and impressive. Through TFP program, she has learned that the domestic violence she has experienced and witnessed in her family for generations, is not acceptable and that there are ways to address issues without violence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Family Place is always helping women - even the volunteers grow from their experiences. What they do is so critical for the community and the future of our community. I will continue to chair and support their causes because the development team and Paige Flink are such positive advocates and are truly making a difference.