Celebrating the Opening of Ann Moody Place

by Emily Roberts | Jun 28, 2017

The Family Place hosted an Open House for its new facility, Ann Moody Place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 for board members, donors, community leaders and others involved in The Family Place.

Among the 200 guests in attendance were current and past board members of The Family Place, donors to the Legacy Capital Campaign, board members of Partners Auxiliary, members of Young Partners Auxiliary, members of the SakeKeepers Giving Society, Mayor Mike Rawlings, local city council representatives, District Attorney Faith Johnson, administrators from local hospitals including Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center, financers of the facility, local artists whose work is on display in the building, in-kind donors, project partners and The Family Place staff.

Attendees sat in the Paige Flink Healing Garden and the Make It Count Children’s Playground while speakers made remarks from the second floor balcony. Lynn McBee, President of The Family Place Foundation Board, welcomed all attendees to the program and thanked the top donors to the facility. Mayor Mike Rawlings took to the podium to say a few words about the importance of the facility. Frances Moody-Dahlberg spoke and thanked The Family Place for allowing the Moody Foundation to be part of their amazing work in the community. Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place, thanked all the in-kind donors to the facility, and shared about a recent encounter with a survivor of domestic violence. Hilary Own, Director of Restoration Ministries at Highland Park United Methodist Church, blessed the new facility.

Paige Flink returned for a special ceremony. With the help of children on the balcony, Flink released 16 monarch butterflies to honor the 16 women from Dallas and Collin Counties who lost their lives due to domestic violence in 2015. After the memorial, Eric White, President of The Family Place Board of Directors, concluded the program and invited all guests to tour the new facility.

The Family Place Board of Directors acted as docents for areas of interest during self-guided tours. Highlights included 47 emergency shelter beds, expanded space for the Dignity at Work job readiness program, Be Project offices for bullying and teen dating violence prevention, medical and dental clinics, and animal kennels for victims who don’t want to leave pets behind when fleeing an abusive situation.

Designed by leading architecture and design firm Corgan, the facility is also home to administrative and program offices. A capital campaign began with a $5 million lead gift from the Moody Foundation and concluded with a $1 million match grant from Highland Capital Management, for a total raised of over $16,898,000.

Ann Moody Place is located in Dallas, TX. Access to The Family Place shelters and other resources is available by calling the 24-Hour Hotline (214) 941-1991.

Guests gathered in the Paige Flink Healing Garden for remarks

Board Members Mary McNulty, Julie Hoad and Radhika Zaveri

Mike and Sammye Myers, Mayor Mike Rawlings

Paige Flink, Frances Moody-Dahlberg, Lynn McBee