According to The Family Place CEO Paige Flink,
“I wish I had a new truck for The Family Place Resale Shop so we could pick up more donations and move more clients into apartments. Thankfully, people from all over the Dallas area want to help, but we can’t always go get their large items because our current 15 year old truck is frequently in the shop. This causes us to lose important opportunities for helping our clients.
“Each year we shelter around 1,000 women and children at The Family Place. We set them up in apartments with ‘starter kits’ put together from donations to our Resale Shop. When women flee to our shelter they usually have to leave everything behind. Christina was a client like that.
“’Hands down, this had to be the hardest thing I have ever done. I never pictured my life like this. I knew on my wedding day I shouldn’t have married him. But I told myself it was for my babies, so it was a necessary sacrifice. I was terrified of being judged, and of being alone. It never crossed my mind that I could free myself.
“’Now it was happening in front of my kids. I had to run. But how would I survive? My ex controlled the finances. I hadn’t worked since before my son was born. Then a church member Googled The Family Place. The assistance was there. I just had to reach out and grab it. Finding strength in myself pushed me to really work the program.
“’I’m happy to say I now have my own place. I still have hard days, but I’m living and working toward my dreams.’
“Christina is one of the many clients who get a second chance with support from The Family Place Resale Shop and YOU! Learn how you can help at familyplace.org, or call Paige Flink at 214.443.7711.”
-Paige Flink, The Family Place CEO
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