Families To Freedom Inc

Transportation for Victims of Abuse

aka Families to Freedom   |   Addison, TX   |  https://www.familiestofreedom.org/index.php

Mission

Our mission is to transport victims of domestic abuse to safety. We provide one-way transportation to reunite with family far away or get to shelter.

Notes from the nonprofit

Access to transportation is the single most important factor in a victim's ability to escape. In Texas and much of the US, it is impossible to get between cities without a car. Families to Freedom transports victims of domestic abuse to safety. We provide long-distance travel to available emergency shelter, and to family or friends far away. Donations to support our mission are entirely put towards direct program expenses for our transportation costs. State funding only supports administrative costs such as wages, insurance, office rent and office equipment.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mrs. Sarah Nejdl

Co-Chair

Ms. Oweida Carter

Main address

PO Box 1226

Addison, TX 75001 USA

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EIN

47-3184478

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Victims of domestic and family violence across North Texas, and especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex, frequently face barriers to accessing safety in domestic violence shelter due to a lack of capacity or a means to arrive to the facility. Domestic violence shelters are often at full capacity. DFW is seeing an increase in domestic violence victims unable to find available emergency shelter in the metroplex. Compounding the problem of a lack of shelter space is the fact that when available space is found, victims often have no means of transportation to get there. Rideshare service and taxi rides are too expensive for victims with no money, and public transit is not a safe option for victims waiting for a bus where their abuser may see them from the road. Access to transportation is the single most important factor in a victims' ability to escape.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fuel Assistance

Fuel cards are issued to victims leaving in their own vehicle to support gas purchases for travel to another state, or far across Texas.

Population(s) Served

We purchase bus and train tickets for survivors leaving shelter to family far away.

Population(s) Served

We provide car/van rides to a domestic violence shelter, or to family far away.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is to make it possible for victims and new survivors to get away from domestic abuse situations. By helping them break free from domestic abuse, we can stop the cycle. The children we travel with have the most to gain through living in a more loving, supportive environment so they can get counseling, support and modeling for a normal adult life. This breaks the cycle of abuse for them. Our goal is to reduce child abuse, reduce hospitalizations, reduce homelessness, and reduce fatalities resulting from victims who are unable to get away. We enable disappearance from stalkers, a return to the workforce, healthy homes for children, and life-long freedom from abuse.

Families to Freedom fills the lack of transportation gap by providing Rides to Safety for victims to get to a domestic violence shelter anywhere in North Texas, and shelter survivors to get to a family home far away for long-term safety and support. In 2019 Families to Freedom transported over 550 victims and children to arrive at emergency shelter or family far away. Victims do not pay anything for their car ride to shelter or road trip to a family home or Greyhound bus ticket to another state or fuel to drive to family in another state. Transportation services provided by Families to Freedom are tailored to each caller’s safety plans and needs based on their circumstances. We remove barriers by providing car seats for those with young children, animal crates for those with pets, and flexibility to depart when the client is ready. We strive to reduce the rate of domestic violence victims who cannot find shelter by expanding their search for facilities located across North Texas, whether it's merely a ten minute drive or up to three hours drive and several counties away. By helping shelter survivors leave for a family home far away, we make it possible for survivors to receive long-term support and we make that space open for the next crisis hotline caller who needs it.

Families to Freedom

In five years of starting service, we have driven, bused, flown, and given fuel cards to nearly 2,000 victims and children. Our annual average has become serving over 550 victims and children each year. We have transported over 1,160 times, gone to shelters 500 times, driven to family homes 200 times, bought 300 bus and commercial flight tickets, and given away 160 fuel cards for victims with a vehicle. We provide more direct service to victims and at risk children than some of the domestic violence centers in our area that claim a greater impact on solving the regions domestic violence issues. While Families to Freedom has current limitations in the services we can provide, such as our inability to provide in-person counseling and direct legal guidance, we remain nimble enough to adapt to victims’ needs and dedicated to filling the transportation gap the leads towards a lifetime of freedom of abuse. Strategic growth is aimed at opening offices and launching service in other regions of Texas over the next ten years. This dream and goal to expand service to all Texas victims, and beyond, depends greatly on community support from donors, from corporations, from grantors, and from you wherever you are reading this. With a spirit of full transparency in all that we do, our website will remain loaded with financial and travel data for supporters to track our progress, and with announcements of our growth over time as we do grow.

Financials

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Families To Freedom Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Sarah Nejdl

Families to Freedom

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Ms. Oweida Carter

Families to Freedom

Term: 2015 -

Russell Nejdl

Families to Freedom

Anise Shapiro

Families to Freedom

Oscar Mary

Families to Freedom

Sue Gibson

Families to Freedom

Oweida Carter

Families to Freedom

Sarah Nejdl

Families to Freedom

Melinda Bogoslavsky

Families to Freedom

Jerry Powlen

Families to Freedom

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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