If everyone who reads this page gave merely $20 we would be able to afford transportation costs for 2024!
Please don't turn your back on helping a sister get to safety after abuse.
Families to Freedom
provides free transportation for victims to arrive at emergency shelters across North Texas, or reunite with family far away.
Imagine for a moment a young lady.
She’s inside a home that her abusive partner just left. He stormed off after their argument leaving her bruised, shocked, and fearful of what mood he’ll be in when he returns. She doesn’t know if he’ll come back angry and fired up after this latest attack, or manipulate her again to think that this was her fault. This time she doesn’t want to be around to find out.
She called her local domestic violence shelter and was told they have no space to accept her. She called her best friend but she’s too far away to help her today. She called the police but since there was no crime in progress, they can’t respond. She calls again to the local shelter and the operator gives her numbers of other places to call for help. After calling place after place after place after place, being told can’t help can’t help can’t help, she begins to wonder if she’s going to be stuck in this dark home forever. She questions whether all of these obstacles are a sign that she needs to stay. She wonders if her life is worth living. She makes one last call before giving up.
Families to Freedom changes her story.
We uplift her spirits to not give up despite being told no over and over. We expand her search then connect her with an emergency shelter that has available space to accept her, free counseling, legal guidance, and therapy to help her overcome the years of escalating abuse. We give her guidance on how to exit the home to walk to a safe meetup place. Then a volunteer driver shows up to drive this young lady to the safehouse. On the hour-long drive she cries a little and talks all about her now ex-partner. She hears much needed words of encouragement from her driver: It’s not your fault. You deserve better. The car pulls up to an unassuming building where advocates are ready to greet her. After a hug and more tears while saying thank you for saving my life, she walks inside. She’s now part of a sisterhood of survivors.
Families to Freedom changes the story for hundreds of victims across North Texas every year. Most remain survivors, and many move further away from their abuser swearing to never return to the chaos and pain of the abusive relationship. Some leave with virtually nothing, and others leave with everything they can so there’s no reason to go back. Some leave with their children and some leave before they have children.
This free ride service is available thanks to amazing and generous donors who support our transformative work to create healthy communities by ending abuse. This is where YOU become part of the story.
Moving the Needle
In 2022 we embarked on 549 trips to new safe places
- 805 victims and children transported!
- 418 Rides to emergency shelters in North Texas - 93% of all car rides
- 28 Road trips to family homes with mothers and their children
- 59 Fuel cards for victims with a vehicle so they could drive to family in another state
- 33 Greyhound bus tickets for new survivors and a ride to the station for departure
- 1,185 Answered calls from new victims and survivors
- 57 Volunteer drivers made all this happen!
For more information about our agency, the services we provide, or how you can get involved as a volunteer, visit FamiliestoFreedom.org, call us at 972-885-7020, or email FamiliestoFreedom@gmail.com