Emily’s story is not unlike many of the women that find acceptance at the place of hope named after her. Given up at birth, Emily was “homeless and unwanted” , like so many of the women and children we serve. She was however, through the love of Mark Hagan’s Aunt and Uncle, provided everything she needed to become the best woman she could possibly be, and this is exactly what we provide at Emily’s Place for our families.
Unfortunately her life was tragically cut short. By naming the work we do in memory of her life and all the good that she did, it provided a chance to speak about our loss as a family in a more positive light. There are many ways to get involved at Emily’s Place. Consider donating or volunteering and help others, like Emily, find hope and love.
Who We Are
Emily’s Place provides long-term transformational care that is critical for helping domestic violence survivors permanently escape abuse. It is the “bridge” from a shelter, which typically allows women a safe place for 30 to 90 days, to independent living, free of the barriers preventing them from achieving self-sufficiency away from their abusers.
As the bridge, Emily’s Place provides a structure environment with direct support from a staff of house managers, case workers and counselors, and access to programs available in the community. Before entering the program, there is an initial interview and evaluation of the needs and support the applicant requires.
Our program is not a quick fix and being accepted requires a commitment to stay for up to 24-months in order to receive training, education, and to establish stability in their lives and the choices they make going forward. On intake, each woman works with a case manager to set immediate and long term goals. Together we work with the women to attain their highest personal potential through the development of their respective abilities and the healing of their hearts.
In 2003 Emily’s Place opened its first supportive community to help those who were homeless due to domestic violence. The demand for housing is so great that in 2012 Emily’s Place purchased a two-acre property with an existing historic home in the heart of downtown Plano. The vision was to build three community homes on the new campus. The first home opened in December 2014 expanding our capacity to serve at that time from 12 to 32 residents. The opening of the second home in 2018 will double the capacity to 64 residents.
Emily’s Place is also expanding with Level 2 Housing. In 2016 we purchased a neighboring house for rental to a resident that successfully completes the program in the community house but has the opportunity to stay close to the campus, continue to benefit from the supporting services, and start to develop their independence while establishing credit in rent and utilities payments. In 2018 we plan to continue to purse Level 2 Housing options.
Founder & President Mark Hagan
Mark Hagan is the Founder and President of Emily’s Place. Inspired to give back to the community that has enriched his own life, a course at the Center for Excellence in California helped him narrow his focus and develop a vision. Seeking additional wisdom to shape his vision, Mark gained insight and best practices information in the area of transitional living programs from his Grandfather, W.S. “Bill” Freberg, who was one of the original donors of Providence Network, a transitional living program in Denver, Colorado. In 2002, the first community-supportive home was opened in Seagoville, Texas and the not-for-profit ministry was officially launched under the name Dallas Providence Homes with the mission to serve women and their children that are survivors of domestic violence.
Mark chose the to re-name it “Emily’s Place” to honor his cousin, Emily Mays. As a newborn, Emily was adopted by Ron and Vivian Mays. Through the course of her short life, with love, care and guidance they provided her with a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” This is exactly the spirit behind the ministry of Emily’s Place and it is an honor and privilege to have her life as a positive affirmation to reach the women and children who so desperately need help.
In 2013, Dallas Providence Homes changed its name to Emily’s Place as the ministry began to grow from just one or two homes to an entire campus. Mark currently works for UBS Financial Services, Inc. as Sr Vice President of Investments, is happily married to Edie, aka “Brickell”, has two dogs – BBQ Pearl and Stella Louise – as well as one daughter and son-in- law, Amanda and Bryan Harris, with a very special Grandson, Hagan Gregory
Board Of Directors
Mark Hagan, Founder/President, Emily’s Place
Brynn Bruno, Executive Director, Emily’s Place
Phil Barnett, President, Industry Petroleum
Jay Cassen, Philantropist
Lori Conley, Former CEO of Emily’s Place
Andi Hemann, Director Logistics, QA & Regulatory Compliance, Authentix
Denis Lambert, Sales Executive, NTT Data Services
David Test, 401K Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Advisory Board Of Directors
Jay Allison CEO, Comstock Resources
John Gillespie Executive Director, Richard Ellis Radio
Gary Kelly CEO, Southwest Airlines
Dr Gene Wilkes President, BJ Carroll Seminary
Marc Angle, Texas Area President, Regions Bank
Brynn Bruno, Executive Director
Celeste Sneeze, VP & Director of Programming
Jennifer Davis, Event Coordinator
Kortnie Napier, Volunteer Coordinator
Lauren Smith, Resident Counselor, The Counseling Place