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Family Homelessness – Struggling after divorce

Sarah and her 6-year-old daughter, Jessie, were struggling to make ends meet after a divorce. Sarah’s mother wanted to help, so she moved in with them to look after Jessie while Sarah worked. Sarah was a payroll specialist in Denton. For a while they got by, but then Sarah’s mother began to have health problems. Sarah helped her mother, as her mother had helped her, but she began getting behind on her rent and then she lost her job. When it became clear they could no longer keep the apartment, a friend referred them to The Samaritan Inn, and they arrived on October 3. As the family breadwinner, Sarah immediately began our Job Readiness Class and revised her resume. She has 15 years of payroll experience and is determined to find a job that will support them all. Jessie has adjusted well at the Inn, and Sarah says, “Despite the transition, her grades in school continue to be good and she is happy.” Sarah’s caseworker says, “This little family truly works as a team. Sarah is a strong leader with a positive attitude, and I am sure they will regain their... read more



Career Corner

Sarah has over ten years of exemplary customer service experience in insurance and financial markets. She has superior administrative skills in records management, database administration, spreadsheets, reports, event management, travel coordination, front-desk reception, and executive support. Sarah has worked as a loan service officer, disaster relief agent and customer service representative. As a tenured customer service professional, Sarah has a passion for quality service that leads to repeat business and customer loyalty. Due to prior quality performance achievements, Sarah was promoted from customer service agent to senior specialist, responsible for closing and handling escalated complaints and review of calls for quality and proper procedure. As a senior specialist she researched, investigated, and resolved customer disputes and adhered to SOP’S, quality, productivity, and compliance guidelines. She excels in a complex, time-sensitive, performance-oriented environment. Sarah has the ability to consult, influence, persuade, and negotiate. She has well developed interpersonal skills, and works well with others with a warm, engaging personality. She is energetic and a creative problem solver who rapidly adapts to changing demands. If you are seeking an outstanding customer service professional, please contact Alma Hernandez at... read more



State Education Board to Seek GED Alternatives

http://www.texastribune.org/2015/07/15/state-education-board-seek-ged-alternatives/ State Education Board to Seek GED Alternatives by Sophia Bollag July 15, 2015 Texas residents seeking to earn high school equivalency certificates may soon have less expensive, more flexible testing options. The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to seek alternatives to the computer-based General Educational Development exam — possibly including paper-based tests. The 14-0 vote came a day after the board heard more than three hours of testimony from test-takers, teachers and education advocates who said the only high school equivalency test the state recognizes is too expensive and too difficult. That test was revamped in 2014 after the nonprofit that previously administered the test partnered with the London-based for-profit testing company Pearson. The new exam is available only in a more expensive, computer-based format critics say discriminates against low-income residents. The new test is also too difficult for a high school equivalency exam and more resembles a college entrance exam, critics told the board Tuesday. The tests should be “equivalent to a high school diploma at the most basic level,” SBOE vice chairman Thomas Ratliff said Wednesday when outlining what the board should look for when considering alternative exams. Potential alternative exams could be less expensive than the $135 GED test, a cost many told the board was too high. Alternative exams might also be available in a paper-based format, another option requested during Tuesday’s meeting. The state plans to start soliciting proposals from alternative testing vendors starting in October. The board could consider alternatives to the GED as early as January... read more

The Samaritan Inn

Eagle Projects Make A Difference

Eagle Projects Make A Difference

http://m.starlocalmedia.com/friscoenterprise/congratulate-frisco-s-austin-urbine-on-earning-eagle-scout-rank/article_7612e544-5804-11e5-a122-677378e8b9ad.html?mode=jqm Austin H. Urbine, 14, of Frisco has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Urbine, a member of Troop 142 and the son of Bret and April Urbine, is a freshman at Liberty High School. For his Eagle Service project, Austin Urbine raised more than $1,200 for The Samaritan Inn family homeless shelter in Collin County by operating a concession stand at Pack No. 142 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby and collecting individual donations from businesses, neighbors and relatives contacted through phone calls and letters. The money sent one child to summer camp and provided breakfast and lunch for about 75 residents plus such urgent need items as hand sanitizer, diapers, sippy cups, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, five new high chairs for the increase in toddler residents. Austin Urbine enjoys sports and recently qualified for the Varsity Swim Team at LHS. He is a member of the Young Men’s Service League’s Frisco Chapter and enjoys volunteering at such organizations as Frisco Family Services and Austin Street Homeless Shelter.... read more