Moody Foundation gives $5 million to The Family Place

by Emily Roberts | Oct 07, 2015

Moody Foundation gives $5 million to The Family Place

by Holly Haber
October 1, 2015
The Dallas Morning News

The Moody Foundation has donated $5 million to the The Family Place as the cornerstone of a $13 million capital campaign to establish a new counseling center and emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

“It’s the largest single donation we have ever received in the history of the Family Place,” said Paige Flink, executive director, as she announced the gift and campaign at the organization’s Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Anatole.

The nonprofit group has secured a building on 2.5 acres in the Medical District and will begin renovations in March, Flink said. The 40,000-square-foot facility will have 40 beds for female victims and their children and will also have room for counseling, job training, play therapy, anti-bullying youth education, a child development center and a 24-hour hotline. The Family Place’s existing safe campus, which houses 110 beds, will continue to operate, she noted.

“We thought we would never need more space,” Flink said. “But Dallas has grown and evolved and this issue has changed, and more people are getting help because they are aware of our services.”

The new center will be named Ann Moody Place in honor of the mother of Frances "Francie" Moody-Dahlberg, a trustee of the Moody Foundation.

"My heart is touched when I think of the legacy of rebuilt hopes, restored futures and simple dreams of safety that Family Place has given to so many women in Dallas," Moody-Dahlberg said.

Raising the remaining $8 million of The Family Place Legacy Campaign is "nerve-racking," Flink said, "but we are so sure that it's the right thing to do."

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