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Effectiveness of Coordinated Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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A research study shows that legal services, combined with psychological services like counseling therapy, improve the mental health of survivors of domestic violence.

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Mosaic Family Services serves over 30,000 people each year through direct services and outreach, our clients include children, women and men, survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and refugees. Our clients often present symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and victimization due to the abuse that they have endured.  Our coordinated services—legal, counseling, shelter, education, and advocacy— make a huge difference in our client’s lives.  This system of coordinated services has been backed up by a research study published in December 2012 by the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Legal services, combined with psychological services like counseling therapy, can improve the mental health of survivors of domestic violence.

In this study, a group of 147 women living in shelters were interviewed at 6 months post-shelter and asked whether they had a restraining or protective order against their abuser that allowed them to minimize contact.  The study showed that PTSD symptoms and incidents of sexual re-victimization decreased from baseline to 6 months post-shelter for women who had a protective order compared to women who did not have a protective order.

The results of the study support the model of offering coordinated services, like legal and counseling services, because it relates to the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence— the study of the effects of law and the legal system on the behavior, emotions, and mental health of people.  In other words, women who have a protective order improve their mental health in a more significant way than women without a protective order.  It seems that the sense of control and safety that some legal interventions offer can act as a therapeutic agent for survivors of domestic violence.  At Mosaic, we are proud to contribute to the ideals of social justice and therapeutic jurisprudence through our coordinated services to women in Dallas.

By Claudia Carballal, staff member

Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas Award!

We are thrilled to announce and express our gratitude for our grant award from the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas! For several years, the Litigation Section has supported Mosaic and our Legal Department in various ways, including through their grant program.

This year, the Litigation Section awarded Mosaic’s Multicultural Legal Department $9,500.00 to assist with litigation expenses for domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. These funds will be utilized to assist survivors during divorce and custody proceedings, including by paying fees for service, social studies, mediation, and interpretation expenses. This helps maximize survivors’ access to legal systems.

The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas is organized to promote the ends of justice through education and nonprofit activities and services which improve the administration of our justice system, which advance public education and understanding of our judicial system, and which are sensitive to the needs of the public as well as the legal profession.

The Litigation Section’s grant program awards varying amounts to promote educational and charitable activities that improve the administration of our justice system, advance public education and understanding of the judicial system, and are sensitive to the needs of the public and the legal profession. The Litigation Section Grant Program seeks to support and promote programs which improve and support the Texas justice system through research, services, publications, institutes, forums and public education.

Study Shows Human Trafficking and its impact today

There are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including nearly 80,000 of them children, according to a newly released study by University of Texas at Austin researchers. CLICK HERE for access to full study!

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Sharing Our Story

Thank you to our employee Frishta for sharing her story with NBC DFW, To view the interview video, as well as read the article shared, please feel free to CLICK HERE.

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Our Response to Current Events

For over 20 years Mosaic has served as a safe haven for refugee families, providing comprehensive services to them and other survivors of violent crime. Now more than ever we will fight to support people fleeing violence and striving for independence. We cannot do it alone – if you’d like to learn more about Mosaic’s services, volunteer, or support us, please contact us on: home@mosaicservices.org

If you are interested in helping us through our volunteer opportunities, or simply investing in a small donation that goes a long way,  please refer to our What you can do tab, or our donate tab. 

We moved!

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We moved main offices! Effective August 22, 2016, Mosaic Family Services is now located at 12225 Greenville Avenue #800 Dallas, TX 75243. Our contact information remains the same and you can reach us at:

[tel.] 214.821.5393
[fax.] 214.821.0810
[web.] www.mosaicservices.org
[email.] home@mosaicservices.org

Please bear with us as we transition into our new office building. Office phones will be down on Friday, August 19 at noon. If you need to reach us, please shoot us an email or call our 24-hour-hotline at 214.823.4434.

Mark your calendars – North Texas Giving Day is coming!

Mark your calendars!

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This year, North Texas Giving Day is on September 22 from 6 am to midnight. North Texas Giving Day is a one day online giving event that brings generous donors like you together to raise money for their favorite local nonprofits. Gifts of $25+ donated on this day will be multiplied by bonus funds, making the impact of your generosity even greater!

Your 100% tax-deductible gift will further Mosaic’s mission to support, educate, and empower the multicultural individuals and families of North Texas. 

7th Annual Gala

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 Have you heard our big news?

 “A Staubach is going to be honored at the Mosaic Family Services’ 7th Annual Gala. No, it’s not Rog or Marianne. It’s their oldest daughter/Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, who has carried on the Staubach legacy of community involvement and leadership.”
-Jeanne Prejean, MySweetCharity

We are thrilled to announce Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates as the recipient of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award. Join us at our 7th Annual Gala as we honor Councilmember Gates for her remarkable dedication to making a difference in the lives of Dallas residents, particularly survivors of domestic violence. Jennifer’s extraordinary work with the Domestic Violence Task Force and Public Safety Committee continues to bring awareness to human rights abuses and empowers the clients we serve. Our work would not be possible without her.The Mosaic gala is an annual celebration of the work we’ve accomplished and the people who make that work possible. It’s a chance to gather with our friends and celebrate the resiliency of victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. It’s our biggest night of the year, and we want you there.

For tickets and sponsorships, visit our 2016 Sponsorship Form
For more information, visit mosaicservices.org/events

Questions? Contact Le at let@mosaicservices.org or 214.821.5393 x263

Learn about the impact you made possible in 2015

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Dear Friends,

It’s bold, it’s impactful, and it’s finally here. Learn about the impact you made possible in 2015. 

Last year, our team reached over 600,000 individuals, families, and community members through educational outreach and direct services. It was a record-breaking year for Mosaic, and the start of an exciting journey.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all our supporters for making these achievements possible. Our work is not an easy task by any means, but we’re committed to making it happen together. It’s because of people like you that we’re able to continue impacting lives of survivors from every part of the world.

Take a glance at our annual report and join us as we celebrate the resiliency of survivors of human rights abuses.

With gratitude,
-Mosaic Family Services

Valuing our Volunteers – Kirk

“John F. Kennedy once said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ In a lot of ways, that speaks to my work here at Mosaic.”
-Kirk, Mosaic House volunteer

Hundreds of volunteer applications are received annually at our office. A majority of those individuals never step foot at Mosaic; however, those that do help us impact thousands of lives each year. Last year, over 500 volunteers put in more than 10,000 service hours. Some of our volunteers taught ESL or yoga classes, played outside with the kids, landscaped, hosted holiday parties, or even treated our clients to a spa day. Some helped with our outreach efforts enabling us to distribute over 100,000 brochures across North Texas. Some hosted donation drives or shredded old files for us. These volunteers are college students, corporate executives, girl scout troops, and community members that all share one thing in common- they give time from their busy work lives, weekends, and holidays to help survivors of human rights abuses.

April is National Volunteer Month and we’re celebrating by highlighting some of our awesome volunteers. Our work simply would not be possible without the endless efforts of our volunteers. We’re kicking off the month by introducing you to Kirk. Kirk has been volunteering with Mosaic for over a year by picking up food from the North Texas Food Bank and bringing them to Mosaic House. Every week he unloads his car, organizes the food pantry, and restocks as needed. His support is deeply appreciated as most of our clients would not be able to put food on the table without these essentials. Sometimes during holidays or in the summer, you can even spot his two boys lending a hand in our food pantry as well. Thank you Kirk, Henry, and Charlie for all your hard work and dedication to serving the women and children at Mosaic House!

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Name: Kirk
Occupation: Digital Marketing Consultant
Length of time at Mosaic: A little over a year
Volunteer Role: ​I visit the North Texas Food Bank every Thursday morning to​ collect food and transport the items to Mosaic House. I then unload all of the items in the food pantry at Mosaic House and maintain the organization the items as needed.
Why Mosaic? Several years ago, I read an article about the work that Mosaic accomplishes in the Dallas community and it struck me as an organization that I wanted to know more about and become involved with as a volunteer. Shortly after that, one of my family members became ill and I wasn’t able to commit to volunteering. A little over a year ago, I came across Mosaic again while researching local human rights agencies and decided to jump in to volunteering at Mosaic House.
​What is the most rewarding thing about your work at Mosaic House?​ ​John F. Kennedy once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” In a lot of ways, that speaks to my work here at Mosaic. In my professional work as a consumer-based Digital Marketing Consultant, my brain has been trained to think of the perspective of others. The women and children at Mosaic House each have their own unique experience and often come from a place of trauma. Over time, I have become acquainted with several of the women and children here. Realizing that their current environment is anything from “normal”, I hope that through my work in the food pantry, I am able to in some way help “normalize” life from them. I try to set up the pantry in a way that resembles a grocery store- to create a “normal grocery shopping experience” for them and one that is easy to navigate. Simple things like placing the kids items on the lower shelves where they can see them and aligning the items in neat rows helps create a more welcoming space.
Anything else? My two young sons, Henry (9) and Charlie (6) have also visited Mosaic House to volunteer along side me in the food pantry. This experience has exposed them to the realities of different people who each have different experiences. It has been a great way for them to get involved and excited about contributing their time and effort to help others.