Category Archives: Our Circle

The Holiday Season and We Have Nothing

The Family Place

“Where family violence stops”

In 2013, The Family Place provided services in Spanish and in English to a total of 11,758 clients. Since 1978, we have counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 21,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. We have helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior and reach approximately 6,000 students each year through our youth education programs.

Family Violence in Dallas

  • 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 2013, the Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit reported 13,007 family violence calls resulting in 1,215 aggravated assaults, 23 murders, 10,812 reported offenses, 91 sexual assault offenses, 180 violations of protective orders, and 5,782 arrests.
  • The 2013 Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point-in-Time Homeless Count found 2,972 people living on Dallas streets or in shelters. 24% of the homeless population was children, and 14% of the adult population listed domestic violence as their reason for homelessness.

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Adopt-a-Family

The Family Place is a 4 Star Charity

Help us help our families by considering to adopt this year!

Here’s how it works:

  • Our program has families that range in size from single women to moms with up to seven children.
  • Submit your online request below!
  • Based on your response, we will match you with the appropriate sized family, and contact you with details.
  • You will shop for each member of the family, as well as shop for some wrapping paper, tape and bows to give to the mom to wrap the gifts for her children.
  • Bring the gifts, labeled with the names of the recipients, to our Holiday Donation Center.
  • The Family Place distributes the gifts to the families.

2014 Adopt-a- Family Sign-Up
*All fields below are required
http://www.familyplace.org/adopt-a-family

Not able to Adopt-a-Family this year? You can still help by participating in our Adopt-a-Shelter Program or making a donation earmarked “Adopt-a-Family” (in the “Toward a particular program” – Other” tab on our donation page), and we will take care of the shopping.

Essete Workneh | Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager
volunteer@familyplace.org | 214.443.7714

I care, but…

Where would we be without you?

Look around you, what do you see?  Do you see a perfect world that you enjoy being a part of?  Do you see a world that is less than perfect, but you are content, so it’s not so bad?  Or do you see a world with misplaced priorities;  a world where Athletes are the Heroes, the Good Guys, even if they do sucker-punch their 100 pound Wife and knock her out in an elevator occasionally.  A world where the media hangs on every word of a Team Owner; a man your Children just possibly have noticed on the evening news, with his hands where they shouldn’t be on a woman who isn’t his wife.

So you DO CARE, you don’t like the inequalities that exist in the world as it is now;  but you have nothing to offer in the way of talent, you are uncomfortable and shy when it comes to speaking when more than one stranger is present.

Join the club, I just described me.  I was and still am, a bookworm, Ms Librarian, OK a nerd, I said it.  A short time ago, I was offered(?) a job as Editor of a G+ page for a group of people(strangers).  I was petrified, the first week it would seem to take half a day to type a very short post(OK, so I didn’t have to look these strangers in the eye, it seemed as if I was standing right in front of them), I would type 1 letter and then check to see if I had misspelled “a”, I was a nervous wreck by dinner every single night, and on the 3rd night was threatened with force feeding or a feeding tube by a certain tyrant.  But an unbelievable thing happened, these strangers were more than understanding, many were and still are there, day or night for me.(especially Bunny)

Then one day “she” joined Our Circle(“she” is actually 2 very different women, 1 is a brain, I just had to mention you Caroline), she was everything I ever daydreamed or imagined me being.  April was beautiful, talented, a very good parent, and even cared for others.(my 3 are actually at least 5, since I inherited 2 from my alter-ego and The Tyrant)

Please don’t mistake who I am intending this for, if you read each word, everyone mentioned and implied is who I am writing this for, but read on so you will know YOU TOO are desperately needed, to effect the change this world so badly needs.

I hesitate to think where we would be at this point in time without you.  A caring heart big enough, and with so much love, for everyone and every living thing in Our World, and you in  your GOD given caring way, already have all the above mapped and cataloged in your heart, which included this nerd.  You mean so much to me, and it is only right that I share at least a part of what Our Circle has been Blessed with. This is Our Circle’s April:

 

Holidays and Caring, A Time for Love

What about Our Children, who are The Future of Our World

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! will never accept Child Abuse, Indifference, nor Violence.  These things have NO PLACE in Our World, they are the evil created by the purveyors of filth, the bullys, and the perverts that infect Our World;  a CANCER WE CAN ELIMINATE.

UnChained Project: a human rights organization that is mobilizing advocates globally to provide localized community-based awareness and Christian mission-styled support for people victimized as children by human trafficking, all forms of child abuse and bullying.

Through events, workshops, prayer and outreach, UnChained groups will be localized lighthouses of hope within communities throughout the U.S. and internationally for survivors of all ages.

UnChained Project is an extension program of Ark of Hope for Children, a national U.S. based nonprofit organization. Localized events and fundraising will also support Ark of Hope’s other programs including;

RemovingChains.org – global live chat survivor support website

Harbourage Safe Homes – in north Florida for rescued survivors of human trafficking

Ark of Hope for Children, PO Box 342, Alachua, FL 32615-0342

 

UnChained Project brings awareness and support on a global scale for the hundreds of thousands of survivors of child trafficking, the many forms of child abuse and teen bullying. Survivors we are here for you!

Survivors of human trafficking and child abuse so often live in fear and a self-imposed code of silence. Virtually all of them were victimized by adults, so how do they trust other adults with their horrible secret? Many successfully managed to bury their past and move on, only to have it rear up and raise debilitating havoc in their twenties, thirties and forties. Thousands are imprisoned within their own minds, reliving the abuse through nightmares and flashbacks that bring on severe depression, PTSD, alcoholism, drug abuse and more.

Survivors of teen bullying, many as young as eleven and twelve don’t fare much better. As their peers compete for recognition, in search of their own identity, too many targets of bullying slip into an ever deepening hole of despair. Their pain is so often manifested in depression, self-harm and suicidal thought.

It is time to rally a front line defense in our communities

It is time to embrace survivors and help break their silence

It is time for action

CHILD TRAFFICKING STATISTICS

UnChained Project wants to mobilize advocates willing to provide awareness and support for survivors of child trafficking living in silence in your community. Here’s why;

  • Over 100,000 underage girls and boys are trafficked into slavery (1)
  • Odds of being rescued; 1 in 100 (2)
  • Of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy (3)
  • AVERAGE age a child is first exploited by prostitution is 12-14 years old  (4)
  • Infants are often identified in child pornography (4)
  • They may be forced into sex 20 to 48 times a day (5)
  • Life span of a victim can be as little as 2 to 4 years, having succumbed to attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, overdose or suicide (4)
  • Sex trade industry is the second largest global industry raising $32 billion a year, equal to $87 million a day! (6)
  • Sale of child porn in the U.S. alone raises more than a $3 billion annually! (7)

The above are some of the many child trafficking statistics gathered by our parent nonprofit organization Ark of Hope for Children to highlight the reason for alarm.

1 – SharedHope.org
2 – TheKey2Free.org
3 – ArkofHopeforChildren.org
4 – TheDefenderFoundation.org
5 – PolarisProject.org
6 – UnicefUSA.org
7 – SharedHope.org

Our Circle and Our Friends

GIVING TUESDAY

DECEMBER 2

Ark of Hope for Children needs Team Leaders for their 5-week Crowdrise Holiday Challenge.

This years’ will be the greatest opportunity yet to fully support Ark of Hope for Children programs and the ChildTrafficking, ChildAbuse, Bullying and HumanTrafficking survivors we support.

Join the front lines on GivingTuesday and throughout the holidays!

http://arkofhopeforchildren.org/blogs/ark-of-hope-holiday-challenge-2014 AOHFC-HolidayChallenge2014-2014-11-18

Jumper cables for your search engine?

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Facebook, New Friends, and G+

I want to tell you all how much I appreciate you, I had mentioned before about my lack of experience as a writer, especially where more than 1 person looks and actually reads what I write. I neglected to mention another small area I’m short of experience. I had never been on FaceBook, I’d seen it but never had a profile. In fact my WordPress profile was the first.

We had no more got to Facebook when Robert decided to find Our new Friend’s page, Ark of Hope for Children on FB. It took only a minute to find, but when he did I will never forget the way the Man who writes with 2 swords looked, there was FIRE in his eyes.

Earlier this week, Robert replied to a comment by Crystal concerning his search engines, which he prides himself on.  Robert’s search results were being filtered, and there was NO doubt, as he looked up and down the row of posts, and not one matched Robert’s.

At this point, I feel it only fair to tell Our Circle that I always introduce the new members of Our Circle on the G+ page,  except the one time it slipped my mind, when it just had to be Mister Ark of Hope for Children, Mr Blair Corbett.  Could it have gotten any worst?  No…  but it did, because right at that moment, Mr Search Engine just happened to be standing close enough to see the look on my face, and right at that moment, I looked back at the list.

Yes I am still here, and being the forgiving, considerate person  I am,  I decided not to fire Robert.  I had all but decided on severe discipline, but realized what such a thing could do to the fragile ego of this MAN who fancied himself a kind of Zorro.  Can you imagine…

If Zor.. uh Robert mentions anything about sword fighting in the stable just ignore him, it’s probably a joke anyway.