40 Stories for 40 Years: Junior League of Dallas

by Emily Roberts | Dec 12, 2018

The Family Place’s relationship with the Junior League of Dallas (JLD) dates back to our earliest days and a grant that helped us hire our first executive director, Gail Griswold, in 1978. Since that time, JLD has granted us nearly $800,000 and more than 25,000 volunteer hours.

“Junior League of Dallas volunteers are essential to our programs, and we’re grateful for the many years of support,” said The Family Place CEO Paige Flink. “They have been there for us at every important step in our growth.”

Current JLD President Alicia Hall said that The Family Place has also made a difference in the lives of the organization’s members.

“Volunteering can truly be life-changing for our members,” Alicia said. “Recently a member shared a story about her time at The Family Place that illustrated how powerful the relationship can be. Through the volunteer training she received, she began to understand what domestic violence looked like and realized that she was a victim.”

Through our volunteer training, the member also knew the steps to take to stay safe and make changes.

Over the years, Alicia said, The Family Place has provided flexible volunteer positions for the JLD’s growing membership, accommodating the need for flexible, nighttime and weekend hours.

“Our relationship with The Family Place has stood the test of time,” she said. “Most importantly our members feel like they are making an impact, and that’s what keeps them engaged.”

Junior League of Dallas Provisionals learned about the work of The Family Place on their 2018 Community Bus Tour.