The Need for Safety
What would you do if the person you loved most terrified you? Every day in Dallas more than 40 people call the police department to try to stop the violence in their homes. What would you do if the person you loved most threatened to kill you? In the past three years, 36 women, 8 men and 4 children lost their lives this way (Dallas Police Department).
Domestic violence is not a family issue but a community problem that makes us all less safe. It’s a contributing factor to every crisis our society faces—poverty, racial inequity, educational challenges for children, homeless youth, human trafficking and crime. The Family Place has the solution to this pervasive problem through a unique combination of services for our community.
Our Promise to Victims of Domestic Violence
The Family Place has protected families in North Texas since 1978. Since the beginning our mission has remained constant—to provide the highest level of services possible to help every domestic violence victim become a survivor. We made a commitment to provide the easiest access to services, the widest range of programming available, and the most innovative approach to healing.Our goal is to remove every hurdle that could prevent a victim from living up to their full potential. In the past four decades, we have enhanced programming, provided access to numerous resources, and advocated for social change. A few highlights include:
- The Family Place is now the largest domestic violence service provider in Texas.
- Our three emergency shelters provide 51% of all domestic violence shelter beds in Dallas and Collin counties.
- We operate the state’s only domestic violence shelter for men and children.
- Over 11,000 women, men and children access our services every year.
We promise to give every victim that walks through our doors the tools they need to lead productive lives. We promise to advocate for victims, to eliminate domestic violence, and to convince the community that everyone deserves a safe home.
The Case for An Enduring Promise Campaign
Our operating budget has been historically well supported by a diverse group of funding sources including foundations, corporations, civic organizations and individuals. But each of these funding categories contain inherent risk, made even more apparent with the events of the past year. The Family Place will be the sole beneficiary of The Family Place Foundation’s An Enduring Promise Campaign. The goal of $20,000,000 will ensure long-term stability so we can continue to provide lifesaving services even during uncertain times. We vividly learned through the 2020 pandemic and 2021 Winter Storm Uri that The Family Place is an essential service. We are frontline workers during times of crisis and must answer the call when needed. Your support of this campaign allows The Family Place Foundation to provide critical funds to cover funding gaps and unforeseen capital expenditures while allowing for innovation and expansion as North Texas grows.
Making Every Home a Safe Home
Breaking the Cycle of Violence
- Emergency Shelter—177 shelter beds to take women, children and men out of harm’s way
- Transitional Housing—25 on-site apartments to help families rebuild their lives
- Hotline—24/7 bilingual hotline for crisis and information and referral calls
- Legal Services—In-house attorney and paralegal to assist victims with civil court matters
- Animal Kennel—On-site kennel for dogs and cats to keep the entire family safe
- Children’s Counseling—Proven and innovative therapeutic methods to help children process their trauma
- Adult Counseling—Individual and group therapy for all victims of domestic violence
- Child Development Center and Learning Center— Accredited childcare, K-2 school and after-school programs for children in our shelters
- Dignity at Work—Job readiness program, mentoring and resume help to assist clients with their careers
- Client Assistance—Financial support for rent, legal services and medical costs to help clients start anew
- Scholarships—To complete and/or continue education and fulfill clients’ goals
- Community-based Counseling—Satellite offices in targeted communities helping clients to overcome transportation barriers
- Faith and Liberty’s Place—Providing supervised child visitation and monitored exchange with non custodial parents
- Be Project—Educates North Texas students and educators about healthy relationships and teen dating violence awareness
- Battering Intervention and Prevention Program—First and most successful program in the area that works with abusers to prevent further violence
- Medical and Dental Clinics—Helping clients receive necessary medical care without leaving the safety of our campuses
- Domestic Violence High Risk Team—Brings together the Dallas Police Department, district attorneys, advocates, probation officers and the sheriff’s department to reduce domestic violence homicides
- DV Beds—Online platform providing real time emergency shelter bed count for 20 agency and community partners in Texas
For more information about The Family Place Foundation Campaign, please contact Mary Catherine Benavides at (214) 443-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.