Hope’s Door, a local women’s shelter serving Collin County, has received a $15,000 grant from The Texas Bar Foundation, which will go toward providing critical legal representation for those impacted by domestic violence.
Jim Malatich, Hope’s Door CEO states, “We are grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for their generous grant which will help fund the Hope’s Door Legal Representation for Victims of Domestic Violence program. This crucial program provides pro-bono family law representation to victims of domestic violence. Annually, approximately 100 of Hope’s Door’s clients require family law representation to help them obtain protective orders, child custody, child support, and/or divorce and are unable to secure this representation elsewhere. Without this program and the help of the Texas Bar Foundation, these clients would appear before courts without any legal representation.”
The Texas Bar Foundation
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. Grants are made possible by the generosity of the Fellows and charitable gifts from individuals and law firms across the state. The Texas Bar Foundation and its members are committed to their mission—Advancing Justice in Texas—by providing opportunities to support the rule of law in Texas.
For almost 30 years, Hope’s Door has been the only organization in Collin County specializing in comprehensive prevention and intervention services to domestic violence victims and their children. Services available to victims through Hope’s Door include 24-hour crisis hotline; emergency shelter; supportive housing; residential and non-residential counseling, support groups, and legal representation and advocacy. Annually, Hope’s Door responds to more than 2,500 crisis calls; protects almost 400 women and children through emergency shelter; houses up to 25 individuals through supportive housing; and provides outreach services (counseling, support groups, and legal advocacy) to more than 1,100 women and children.
Individuals seeking safety from abusive relationships can contact Hope’s Door 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 972.422.SAFE (7233).