James Dondero, president and co-founder of Highland Capital, has announced that he will do his part to help the issue of domestic violence in the local area. His firm and their philanthropic section, Highland Dallas Foundation, have issued a 1 million challenge grant to those who donate towards the Family Place’s legacy campaign. The Campaign hopes to support a new shelter in the area for victims of domestic violence. This grant will help them to raise the last 16.5 million needed for the campaign.
All donations will be matched up to 50% up to the 1 million grant. This grant answers the challenge set forth by the Dallas Mayor and Police Chief to help this widespread problem. Only 2.8 million is needed to finish the campaign over the next six months. The new Central Dallas shelter will be named in honor of Ann Moody. The new shelter will have 13 emergency bedrooms, a medical clinic, and even a pet shelter. The shelter will have counseling and job-training services available in their resource rooms.
The building will serve more than 2,000 victims to help the Family Place, which is already at capacity. The care available at this shelter will help victims of domestic violence regain their lives.The place will also house other projects like the Be Project. This program will provide bullying and teen dating education for more than 6,000 students. There will also be other services provided, like a dental clinic, to help those suffering in these situations. The Family Place in partnership with Highland Place hopes to bring this shelter in aid the citizens of Dallas in their time of need.