• Standing Up to Bullying is Everyone's Job

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 16, 2012

    Bullying is when a person or group of people intentionally act in a way that is emotionally, physically, or socially harmful towards another person on a repeated basis. 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying and 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.  

    Read a real story from one our clients (names have been changed):

    Amy was a client of The Family Place (TFP) about 7 years ago. She stayed in the shelter for 30 days with her 3 kids, and then the whole family participated in Outreach counseling for almost 2 years.

    A few months ago, Amy contacted TFP to get help for her daughter, Tina - now 13 - because she is being bullied. Tina recently told Amy that the bullying has been going on for years. Amy said the experience is "crushing Tina's spirit," and recently Tina remarked that it might be easier if she "weren't on this earth" any longer. Amy realized it was serious, and called TFP for help because she said she trusted us. TFP helped her tremendously in the past, and gave her so much support and skills. She knows her daughter needs that now.

    Tina is coming to the Be Project office for 1:1 counseling. Amy drives her all the way from Lewisville.

    Standing Up to bullying is everyone's job. Continue talking with peers and others in your community about how we can end bullying. Read the Pledge and share how many students signed it.

    Learn more about how to Stand Up Against Bullying on The Family Place Be Project website.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 is the VAWA National Day of Action

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 13, 2012

    Tomorrow, November 14th has been identified as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) National Day of Action.  They judge the “lame duck session”, the session of Congress that will take place in the next few weeks, as an important time to highlight and push for the reauthorization of VAWA.

    The VAWA National Day of Action
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    679 Days Since VAWA Expired

    183 Days Since Congress’ Last Action on VAWA

    30 Days Left to pass VAWA before this Congress ends

    Tomorrow, consider taking one or more of the following steps:

    Call this toll-free number: 888-269-5702, which connects callers directly to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard. 

    • Speak to your U.S. Representative (www.house.gov) and Senators (www.senate.gov). 
    • Ask your elected members “to pass VAWA now”.  If you need some additional points to cover, consider using the following as a guide:

    I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  It has been 679 days since VAWA expired, and 183 days since Congress’s last action on VAWA.  Please, prioritize passing VAWA now.

    Consider also highlighting stories of how VAWA has helped your community take domestic violence seriously.

    • The Switchboard tracks the state location of the calls, so our partners at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will review the call lists from the main switchboard to see which states are most represented in terms of call volume.

    Email your members of Congress. 

    Twitter:  Do you tweet?  Here are a few sample tweets that you might use. 

    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because our shelter serves victims in your community who depend on it
    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWIITER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because violence against women is not a partisan issue
    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because victims need safe and affordable housing #dv #VAWA
    • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012 because too many victims are still being killed by their partners. #dv #VAWA

    Consider using social media

    • Join advocates across the nation in the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook Photo Campaign to tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  Snap photos of you, your friends, and your colleagues holding up signs saying why we need to Pass VAWA NOW!  Submit your photos via email to advocacy@nnedv.org or tweetpic to #PassVAWA2012.
    • Post this email or similar information on your Facebook page.

    For more information on VAWA, visit http://4vawa.org/.

  • Stiletto Strut 2013 Kicks Off - Read more in MySweetCharity

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 13, 2012

    Share-A-Date: 6th Annual Stiletto Strut

    by Jeanne Prejean
    November 12, 2012

    Thursday, April 25: It was just made official Thursday at Dallas Fish Market that the 6th Annual Stiletto Strut not only has a date but co-chairs as well. The “strut” around Neiman Marcus Downtown will once again benefit The Family Place, but this year it will be chaired by Jenifer Strauss Dannahauser, Stacy Girard and Lindsay Jacaman on April 25.

    Co-chairs Lindsay Jacaman, Jenifer Strauss Dannhauser and Stacy Girard

    As in the past, before the ladies in high, namedropping heels start their stepping around the downtown block, they’ll be getting their whistles wet with champagne and all types of thirst quenchers in the store.

    One of the highlights is the raffle that includes the winning of a new pair of NM shoes for six months.

    As more deets are revealed, we’ll keep you updated. And there will be more deets.

  • The Family Place is the Recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit of the Year Award

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 12, 2012
    The Family Place was the winner of the Nonprofit of the Year Award at Center for Nonprofit Management's 12th annual Awards of Excellence - A Night of Light on Friday, November 9. CNM's Awards of Excellence acknowledges the outstanding contributions the nonprofit sector makes to the community.

    The other finalists for Nonprofit of the Year were Dallas AfterSchool Network and Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County. Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, is honorary chairman, and Rick Felts and Beth McGaw are co-chairs of the event.

    To view more about the event and other award winners, click here.
  • Be Project "Stands Up" Against Bullying for Bullying Awareness Week

    by Manju Alexander | Nov 12, 2012

    November 12-16, 2012 is National Bullying Awareness Week, The Family Place Be Project Premieres Bentley Green's Newly Updated Anti-Bullying Song to Kick-off Bullying Awareness Week! Listen. Stand Up. Visit Be Project at www.familyplacebeproject.org to hear.

    Be Project has put together a week long events to stand up against bullying. Click here to download the events or view below.

    Monday: Mix it Up Monday! Wear mixed up patterns. Step outside of your group of friends. Sit with someone new at lunch. Hang out with someone new at school.

    Bullying is when a person or group of people intentionally act in a way that is emotionally, physically, or socially harmful towards another person on a repeated basis. 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying and 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying. One of the best things you can do to end bullying is to be kind to others, especially if you think they are being bullied. *Consider watching and discussing one of the videos on the "Get Involved" Page.

    Tuesday: Take a Stand Tuesday! Wear your favorite pair of boots to Stand Up against bullying. Sign the school wide pledge against bullying today to show your support.

    Most students who see bullying want to do something about it. Check out what students like you have done to Stand Up against bullying. *Consider watching and discussing one of the videos on the "Get Involved" Page.

    Wednesday: Web Wednesday! Wear neon to show how you stand out online against cyberbullying. Send a positive text, tweet or Facebook post to someone who might need it. Call out bullying online when you see it.

    Over 40% of all teens reported being bullied online during the past year. Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that uses technology such as the internet, social networking sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), text messages or emails. It can happen 24/7, is often done anonymously, ignored by others, and not reported.

    Thursday: Teaming up Thursday! Wear your favorite jersey or team gear to show that you are on the Upstander Team!

    Peers are present during 88% of bullying incidents. Bystanders who passively watch ignore, or join in on the bullying become part of the problem. Upstanders who Stand Up and have the courage to intervene help to stop bullying. When peers intervene, bullying can stop in less than 10 seconds! *Consider "Acknowledging Upstanders" from Get Involved page.

    Friday: Purple Out Friday! Purple is the official color of the Be Project. Wear purple with us and all of our schools to show that when united, we can end bullying.

    Standing Up to bullying is everyone’s job. Continue talking with peers and others in your community about how we can end bullying. Read the Pledge and share how many students signed it.

  • Escapade 2012 featured in CultureMap Dallas

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 31, 2012

    Glam graveyard sets spooky scene for Dia de los Muertos-themed Escapade benefiting Family Place

    by Rachel Abrams
    CultureMap Dallas

    Leave it to Ceron, Todd Fiscus, Matthew Simon, Keith Schumann, and Tracy and Josh Madans to plan the Halloween party of the season. The Family Place's fourth annual Escapade, themed Dia de los Muertos, was "better than desired," Fiscus said. "The Day of the Dead inspiration proved to be the best outlet for costuming."

    We can vouch for that. Guests took this costume thing very seriously.

    We saw vampires and witches in velvet Victorian-style gowns, the Joker from The Dark Knight, skeletons, flamenco dancers, and the Hulk. Our favorite duos were Tom Hoitsma and wife Kristie Ramirez, who arrived as Big Tex on fire and a firefighter, respectively, and Mark Thomas and Craig Thibodeau, who dressed as an Andy Warhol painting and the artist himself.

    The International on Turtle Creek Design Center turned out to be the perfect venue for an over-the-top and freakishly fun party. The cobweb-filled "graveyard" was a cluster of tombstones, skeletons, red-accented chandeliers and lacy banners.

    Guests — including Rob Ballard, Chuck Calloway, Melissa Platt, John Bourgeois, Grant Jackson, Carolyn and Bryant Tillery, Joyce Goss, and David Krauk dined on tacos made à la minute and sipped cocktails. For sweet and slimy treats — which Fiscus said was "the grossest and the coolest"— guests stopped at the gummy worm Ultimo Vodka bar.

    "Did you know that 100 pounds of gummy worms and centipedes can soak up 12 bottles of vodka?" Fiscus asked. "Who knew you could get gob-smacked by eating worms?"

    Between the silent and live auctions — one standout prize was a backyard bash with a Brinkmann grill and dinner for 23 prepared by a chef from Tillman's Roadhouse — Escapade raised thousands of dollars to support the fight against family violence.

    Read more and see some pictures in CultureMap Dallas.

  • Partners Card offers savings, raises funds for Family Place

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 25, 2012

    With more than 750 local retailers participating, The Family Place is celebrating 20 years of shopping and saving lives with its popular Partners Card fundraiser.

    Daybreak's Ron Corning talks to Connie Nash, who survived an abusive marriage with assistance from The Family Place, and Executive Director Paige Flink on October 24, 2012. WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre and NorthPark Center's Victoria Snee discuss valuable Partners Card savings for shoppers.


  • See How BIPP Rehabilitates Batterers on CBS-11

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 24, 2012

    CBS 11 Speaks to a rehabilitated batterer who has gone through The Family Place Battering Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP). Both "Bob" and The Family Place BIPP Program Director David Almger speak. Read the article below and click to see the video footage from the new segment from Tuesday, October 23.

    After Program Husband Says: “I Am Here. I Am An Abuser.”

    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Many people think of domestic violence as brutal beatings that occur over a long period of time. But that is not always the case.

    CBS 11 News wanted to get a different view of domestic violence — a look before it escalates out of control. We sat down with a North Texas man who admits to abusing his wife. He shares his story of how a certain type of therapy changed him, saved his family and how he believes it could help countless others before they reach the tipping point.

    “I am here. I am an abuser. And that is a very hard thing to say,” the man said plainly. Our interview subject agreed to a video interview but asked that his face and voice be disguised. For the purposes of this story we’ll call him “Bob.”

    At this point, Bob says he wants to protect his family, but admits it’s something he hasn’t done for years.

    Bob, a husband and father of four, said he was abusive for much of his 5-year-marriage.

    “Gestures, facial expressions, flipping things over, pushing things aside, slamming doors — those are all abusive behaviors,” he explained. “Yelling in their face, yes. Towering over them, yes. Screaming. Talking louder than them until they stop talking. Your nonverbal actions are just as important as the things that you say or do that could cause another person to act a certain way to accommodate you and not be who they are.”

    When the abuse turned physical, Bob’s wife called police. He was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury.

    A judge then ordered that he take part in the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) at The Family Place in Dallas.

    “When you first come, the thing that shocks you is that you’re entering a program that addresses it, just what it is: as abuse. Then you have to learn to accept the fact, that abuser is you,” Bob said.

    The 24-week BIPP program rehabilitates batterers. It teaches them non-violent strategies, how to recognize triggers, and learning empathy for their victims.

    According to BIPP director David Almager, changing a batterer’s beliefs is the key to success.

    “A belief system that says ‘it’s okay for me to do these behaviors toward an intimate partner.’ That’s the biggest challenge, but that’s where the biggest benefit comes from,” he explained.

    Bob said the therapy program made him see how his words and actions hurt his wife. He also believes the “life class” as he calls it, should be taught to every young man, whether there are family violence issues or not.

    Bob just completed the BIPP program in May. He says he knows he has changed and that his wife and kids believe it too. He also says, if people really apply the program they too can change.

    David Almager agrees. “Can these guys change? Sure, they can. It’s a learned behavior. If they can learn to be abusive, they can learn to replace that behavior with something positive. We’ve got to believe that.”

    Some of the abusive behaviors that experts say should not exist in a healthy relationship include: isolating, humiliating or intimidating your partner, forcing your partner to have sex, threats, and name calling.

    If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs in your relationship or know someone who is, experts say there is help available and urge that it is sought out before a family is destroyed.

    Click here to find out more about The Family Place and the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP).

    Read the full article and watch the videos on CBS 11.

  • FOX 4's Steve Noviello talks with Paige Flink about Partners Card and Why it is so Important

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 24, 2012

    On Tuesday, October 24, 2012, Paige Flink sat down with Steve Noviello of FOX 4 News to talk about Partners Card, its importance and where you can get one.

    Watch the Partners Card segment from FOX 4 News.

  • Partners Card Spotlight in The Dallas Morning News

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 24, 2012

    Partners Card enters 20th year with 20 percent off at 750 stores and restaurants

    by Cheryl Hall
    The Dallas Morning News
    23 October 2012

    Chairwomen from the last two decades gather to launch the 20th-anniversary campaign of The Family Place’s Partners Card. The event always begins on the last Friday in October and lasts through the first weekend in November, giving retailers a chance to clear out fall merchandise and jump-start the holiday selling season.

    Shopping in Dallas has long been a travel draw.

    So it wasn’t all that surprising when American Airlines’ in-flight magazine featured the Partners Card earlier this month: Buy a $70 card, come to Dallas between Oct. 26 and Nov. 6, get 20 percent off at more than 750 stores and restaurants and support Family Place programs for victims of domestic violence.

    The Partners Card, a 10-day shopping phenomenon, begins Friday. A lot has changed since 1993, when Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place, copied the fundraising idea from a children’s charity in Chicago.

    “When we started, all records were kept by hand,” she recalls. “We had one computer in the development department, no such thing as email, at least not for us, didn’t have a cellphone or a desk phone with voicemail. A postage stamp cost 29 cents. I wore shoulder pads to work every day and had a perm.”

    Flink thought raising $100,000 that year would be spectacular. She missed the mark by 10 grand.

    “We didn’t quite make it, but we were galvanized,” she says. “Now, with our 20th card, we’re talking about making $1,120,000. It has definitely taken off.”

    The event always begins on the last Friday in October and lasts through the first weekend in November, giving retailers a chance to clear out fall merchandise and jump-start the holiday selling season.

    Some shoppers do travel here for the festivities.

    Last year, Joanne and Charles Teichman had customers from as far away as Canada, New York and California sweep in to scoop up baubles at Ylang 23. Partners Card sales at the Galleria designer jewelry boutique are second only to the last-minute Christmas week frenzy.

    During Partners Card, the Teichmans hold a Cathy Waterman trunk show where customers get a 10 percent discount on the famous designer’s jewels and the couple gives 10 percent of its Waterman sales to The Family Place. That’s amounted to checks totaling nearly $150,000 in the last five years.

    “People let their lists build up to Partners week,” Joanne says.

    Many shopping centers — including NorthPark, the Galleria, Shops at Legacy, historic downtown McKinney, and this year as far out as Southlake Town Square — add signs to help shoppers identify participating merchants.

    “We’re glad NorthPark has gotten behind Partners Card,” says Richard Eiseman, owner of the fine jewelry store that bears his name. “It fits into our philanthropic mentality.”

    It’s the only time he puts his fine jewelry on sale — although selections are limited by agreements with certain designers and watchmakers. “We may have some very notable Swiss watches that we can’t name [on sale], but limited pieces. It won’t be the whole collection.”

    Total coverage

    Most stores give the Partners Card discount on the whole kit and kaboodle.

    The Container Store sees an impressive spike in sales, especially in holiday gift wrap and stocking stuffers. “This promotion is a great way for retailers to get involved with the community while driving traffic and sales for the holiday season,” says Olescia Hanson, Container Store spokeswoman.

    All card proceeds go directly to The Family Place, because donors — including the title sponsor, Bank of Texas — kick in $200,000 to more than cover the costs.

    The Family Place boosted the price of a card by $10 this year after TCU’s Neeley Business School randomly surveyed previous card purchasers and found they would support the hike.

    Seventy dollars is roughly what it costs to provide one night of shelter to a mother and child at The Family Place, which will provide nearly 32,000 nights of safe haven this year.

    “We need to raise more funds because of the incredible demand in client needs that we’ve had in the past two years,” Flink says. “Partners Card is the way to do it because other funding has been so difficult.”

    Last year, The Family Place sold 16,000 cards. Flink is crossing her fingers for a bit more this year. “If we get a 10 percent bump to 17,500, that would be big.”

    Similar events

    The Family Place likes to help charities in other communities start similar events.

    SafeHaven of Tarrant County, which also provides emergency shelters and counseling programs, has created a HeartCard program that runs during the same 10-day period at 120 merchants.

    Of the original 170 Partners Card retailers, 20 are still participating. One of those is KidBiz in the Plaza at Preston Center.

    When Jay and Janet Finegold bought the children’s clothier in 1995, the original owner was clear about one thing: They had to participate in Partners Card.

    “She was absolutely correct,” Jay says. “It’s a great cause. People don’t usually start talking about Christmas shopping until at least November, so it does speed up the process. Then they come back. It’s an enhancement for us.”

    You can buy a Partners Card at participating retailers and Tom Thumb stores.

    Read more at Dallas Morning News

  • One Courageous Victim Breaks her Silence on Anderson LIVE

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 24, 2012

    On Tuesday, October 23, Anderson Cooper talked with Lisa Holden, who opened up about the dangerous domestic abuse she faced with her husband. She breaks her silence after being held captive, violently beaten and nearly scalped by her husband on Anderson LIVE.

    Lisa (Texas native) has survived the unthinkable. She was married to her husband Joshua for 7 years. They have three children who are 2,3 and 7 years old. The verbal and physical abuse started at the beginning, but got worse as time went on. At first it was just pushing and punching, but over time Joshua started whipping her with wires, stabbing her, shooting her with a pellet gun, hitting her with a baseball bat, and beating her in the head with car jumper cables. Joshua completely isolated Lisa. One day it hit Lisa that she wasn’t going to be able to live through much more of the abuse so she grabbed her two youngest children (the third was being dropped off at school by Joshua) and ran into the woods. She hid there for nearly 3 days. A woman picked her up and took her to the police station. From there she was transported to the hospital where she was treated for her many injuries. Now Joshua’s in prison awaiting trial, and Lisa is attempting to put the pieces of her life back together.

    See the video segment on the Anderson LIVE website.

  • Partners Card Highlighted in D Magazine

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 24, 2012

    The Family Place is celebrating 20 years of shopping and saving lives with its Partners Card fundraiser

    D Magazine
    October 2012

    With 202,423 cards sold, nearly 200,000 clients served and more than 800 past and present Dallas Metroplex participating retailers, The Family Place is celebrating 20 years of shopping and saving lives with its Partners Card fundraiser. The 20th annual Partners Card program, presented by Bank of Texas, will be held Friday, October 26 through Sunday, November 4, 2012.

    The Family Place launched Partners Card in 1993 with only 175 retailers and raised $90,000. Since then, the shopping event has expanded tremendously and raised more than $12.1 million, which has provided domestic violence victims with emergency shelter; counseling; medical care; day care and after-school programs for children; and much more.

    The $70 Partners Cards are available for purchase at any participating business, from a card-selling individual, through direct mail or on The Family Place website. One hundred percent of the $70 purchase is donated to The Family Place, and card holders receive a 20 percent savings at more than 750 participating business during the 10-day shopping extravaganza. Join Co-Chairs Gay Donnell, Kathryn Henry and Dawn Spalding to make the 20th Anniversary even more successful than years past by buying your Partners Card today!

    Read more in D Magazine

  • BEYOND Produces Video for The Family Place

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 24, 2012
    BEYOND posted and tagged The Family Place in its blog last week. Read the post below. Thank you BEYOND for all that you do to support The Family Place!

    Did you know?


    Many of you might not know but October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To show awareness BEYOND was honored to produce the video for The Family Place. See how this amazing organization provides families with a safe haven to begin anew! Additionally, you can support the Family Place buy purchasing a Partners Card, which provides you a 20% discount at over 750 stores from October 26 2012-November 4, 2012.


    See the full post on BEYOND's website.

  • Gay Donnell and Dawn Spalding, two of our 2012 Partners Card Co-Chairs, Appears on Good Morning Texas

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 18, 2012

    Watch Gay Donnell and Dawn Spalding, two of our 2012 Partners Card Co-Chairs, on Good Morning Texas today! Partners Card is fast approaching...Happy Shopping!


  • After 34 Years, The Family Place Has Dallas Seeing Purple

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 16, 2012

    After 34 Years, The Family Place Has Dallas Seeing Purple
    by Denita Malvern
    October 16, 2012

    During the month of October millions of pink campaign ads flood media outlets in an effort to promote what most Americans embrace as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But, there is another equally important national campaign that one local agency hopes will have everyone seeing purple.

    National Domestic Awareness Month, symbolized by a purple ribbon, is also observed during the month of October and seeks to bring family violence and domestic disputes to the forefront of America’s consciousness.

    One out of every four women is a victim of domestic violence and the Texas Council on Family Violence reports that “many shelters across Texas have been over capacity in the last year because of an increased demand for victims of domestic violence seeking services.”

    In Dallas County the impact of family abuse on residents is startling. In 2011, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,733 family violence calls resulting in 66 rapes, 16 murders and 127 offenses against children. There were also 632 reports of related offenses including kidnapping and stalking among others. Imagine the hundreds and thousands of calls that were never placed to the police department. As a result of the fear and intimidation associated with family violence many women never make the call that can be the first step in breaking free from the violence they face on a daily basis.

    The Family Place, Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency, has provided assistance to local families since 1978. Angela Walker, Executive Program Director Residential Services reminds us that “domestic violence is not just a family problem. It affects every aspect of society. Children who witness violence have difficulty concentrating in class, exhibit acting out behaviors and often mimic the violence they see. The effects of domestic violence across the nation cost businesses millions of dollars due to an unproductive labor force and the number of days missed at work due to injuries as well as health care costs.”

    With more funding, Ms. Walker believes that “The Family Place would be able to expand our prevention services by educating children and youth about bullying and teen dating violence. We would also provide more training and job placement to further help victims gain financial independence from their abusers. We would look at opportunities to increase services in underserved Dallas County communities.”

    When asked what community members can do to support their efforts, Ms. Walker stated that “The Family Place is committed to ending domestic violence through intervention, prevention, advocacy and education. Our services can be accessed by calling our hotline at (214) 941-1991. You can also help us by speaking out against domestic violence and supporting our efforts by making contributions to continue this effort.”

    Every one must do their part and contribute to local organizations that provide aid to the women and families that are directly affected by violence in our communities. Donations can be mailed to The Family Place, PO Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209 and you can learn about fundraising activities at www.FamilyPlace.org or call (214) 559-2170.

    Take a stand against domestic violence and Go Purple!

    Read more on Examiner.com

  • The Family Place Hosts Escapade 2012 - Dia de Los Muertos

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 16, 2012

    The Family Place Hosts Escapade 2012: Día de Los Muertos
    Dallas’ Most Fashionable Halloween Costume Party

    Escapade 2012: Día de Los Muertos benefiting The Family Place, is Dallas' premier Halloween event that features great food, drink, entertainment and a live auction! Escapade will take place on Saturday, October 27 at the new and exciting Reg Land event space 7@150 in Dallas. This year’s event chairs are Matthew Simon & Keith Schumann, Todd Fiscus & Cerón, and Tracy & Josh Madans.

    This amazing evening includes a music mash-up highlighting some of Dallas’ hottest spinners including DJ’s Lucy Wrubel and Jeff Mitchell, back by popular demand the Trick or Treat Wall, five incredible Live Auction items, with our All Hallow’s Eve atmosphere created by Dallas event design extraordinaire Todd Fiscus.

    Tickets are available online at http://www.familyplace.org/event-details?eventid=12.

    Online tickets sales will end on Wednesday, October 24.

    For more information about this event, please contact Nicole Farrar at 21.443.7717 or email escapade@familyplace.org


    Escapade 2012 Dia de Los Muertos

  • Angela Walker, Exective Program Director for Residential Services Appears on Good Morning Texas

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 15, 2012

    Angela Walker, Executive Program Director for Residential Services at The Family Place stopped by Good Morning Texas on October 15, 2012 to talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Watch the clip below.

  • Congratulations to our Executive Director Paige Flink!

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 15, 2012

    Mosaic Family Services' 2012 Champion of Human Rights Award Luncheon was held on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Dallas Arboretum.  Paige Flink and Jan Langbein were named the 2012 Champions of Human Rights, honoring two local leaders in the fight to end violence against women. Congratulations to our Executive Director Paige Flink!

    Mosaic Family Services - 2012 Champion of Human Rights Award

  • The Family Place Presents 2012 Men 2 M.A.P.S.

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 11, 2012

    For Immediate Release

    (Mentor, ADVOCATE, PREVENT and Secure)

    The Family Place presents the first Men 2 M.A.P.S. (Mentor, Advocate, Prevent and Secure) event, proactively involving men to end family violence. The event is sponsored by Methodist Charlton Medical Center and will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9am-12pm at the Methodist Charlton Medical Center Auditorium. Men to M.A.P.S. was developed to help identify men in the community who are willing to serve as mentors and role models in the fight against domestic violence. There will be a follow up dialogue in February 2013.

    This year’s panel will address each attribute of M.A.P.S. and is comprised of the following:

    Mentor: Rev. Kenneth Hollingshed - Pastor, North Park CME Church

    Advocate: Elder Franklin Camp -Vice President of Rehab International Domestic Violence Ministries, The Potter’s House

    Prevention: Guy Earle, LPC -Director of Counseling, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

    Secure: Dr. Michael D. Sneed -Pastor, Loving Fellowship Baptist Church

    Moderator: Glenn Mitchell - MGM Delivery

    “We hope this event raises awareness of the issue of domestic violence, and focuses on the intervention and prevention strategies that men can achieve,” Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place.

    For more information about the event or to register, contact Theresa Little at 214.948.5175 or tlittle@familyplace.org. Spots are filling up quickly, so register today.

  • Verizon Wireless HopeLine Drive to Benefit Plano Domestic Violence Survivors

    by Manju Alexander | Oct 09, 2012

    Verizon Wireless HopeLine Drive to Benefit Plano Domestic Violence Survivors

    Verizon Wireless and The Family Place Partner With the City of Plano to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
    PR Newswire 
    Oct. 9, 2012

    PLANO, Texas, Oct. 9, 2012 -- Verizon Wireless is launching a HopeLine® drive across Plano to collect no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In support of the cause, the city of Plano in conjunction with Verizon Wireless and The Family Place, has proclaimed October, HopeLine Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    Plano residents are encouraged to drop off their phone donations at their local Verizon Wireless store throughout the month of October and the remainder of year. The Verizon Wireless HopeLine program accepts wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any carrier at its Communications Stores nationwide. For survivors of domestic violence, a wireless phone can be a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends.

    "At The Family Place, raising awareness for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM) is an important part of our mission to end the epidemic of family violence," says Paige Flink, Executive Director at The Family Place.  "We are excited to share the importance of this month with our city council and community on Oct. 8 at our mayoral proclamation with Verizon Wireless. The HopeLine drive will also give our community the opportunity to support our cause and directly help our clients."

    Domestic violence is an issue that impacts every community. Texas generates the second highest volume of calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline of any state. Donating old phones to HopeLine will assist local domestic violence advocacy agencies, such as The Family Place working to end the cycle of abuse in Plano.

    Phones given to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse, and those that are not salvageable are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.  Proceeds generated from the sale of the refurbished phones are put toward wireless phones and service for survivors of domestic violence as well as financial grants to non-profit domestic violence organizations.

    Since October of 2001 when Verizon Wireless launched HopeLine, its national phone recycling and reuse program, the company has collected more than 9 million no-old wireless phones and turned them into nearly $14.2 million in cash grants to support domestic violence victims. The HopeLine program has also distributed more than 123,000 phones with more than 406 million minutes of free wireless service to victims of domestic violence nationally. For more details about HopeLine visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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