Helping Hands is a social and fundraising auxiliary of The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area.
Helping Hands hosts social events and happy hours in some of Dallas' most popular venues. We also provide hundreds of volunteer hours each year to The Family Place, hosting parties for children at the emergency shelter, organizing donations, and assisting with agency fundraisers.
Meet new people and make great friends as you join us and other civic-minded professionals as we help support The Family Place in its mission to eliminate family violence.
With your support we can help The Family Place continue its unique and vital role as a refuge for hundreds of abused women and children in our community. Statistics show that more than 500 women and children are homeless each night in our city streets because of domestic violence. In Dallas there are estimated to be 75,000 women and 150,000 witnessing children suffering from family violence and the numbers are growing making the need for our services great and immediate.
2014 Helping Hands Board of Directors
President Shanna Lee
VP’s of Client Relations Megan Curry James Lewis
VP of Communications Lillian Cho
VP of Membership Cyndi Garza-Lopez
VP of Social Farrin Ewing
Hospitality Chairs Greg Reilly Michael Trevino
Did you know?
Family violence is an epidemic in our community and our country
According to the FBI, family violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
38% of Texas women—more than one in three—have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime. (Texas Council on Family Violence)
70% of the children of abused women are also physically abused, and 20% are sexually abused. The majority of abusive men were either abused as children or witnessed their mothers being abused. (WomenKind, Inc.)
In 2011, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,733 family violence calls resulting in 1,239 aggravated assaults, 16 murders, 11,529 assaults, 127 offenses against children, 66 rapes and 632 other related offenses including kidnapping, stalking, vandalism and robbery.
According to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, in 2011, there were 9,344 requests for Protective Orders, 1,173 victims screened for Protective Orders, 1,259 qualified applicants, 713 Protective Orders filed, and 713 new Protective Orders granted.
In 2013, The Family Place provided services in Spanish and in English to a total of 11,758 clients. Since 1978, The Family Place has counseled more than 192,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 21,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 525,000 calls for help. The Family Place has helped more than 16,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior and reach approximately 6,000 students each year through youth education programs.