40 Stories for 40 Years

by Emily Roberts | Dec 21, 2018

Once upon a time, The Family Place opened a shelter and hotline in a house on McKinney Avenue. It was 1978, and intervening in family violence was controversial. We faced significant resistance from law enforcement, the criminal justice system, established therapists and even the religious community.

But with support from volunteers—Joan Weston and Gerry and Bob Beer—and funders—the National Council of Jewish Women, the Junior League of Dallas, Bette Clair McMurray (the inventor of Liquid Paper), Midway Hills Christian Church and Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, our fledgling efforts soon grew into a leading organization protecting victims and their children.

Since those early days, we have saved countless lives, counseled more than 215,000 clients, provided shelter to more than 24,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 600,000 calls for help.

As we look back on these accomplishments, we know that we couldn’t be here for victims who call without your generosity of spirit. As our 40th anniversary year comes to a close, please give today to ensure The Family Place story of hope and love continues to reach those in need.