1710 North McDonald Street
McKinney, TX 75071
p. 972-542-5302
f. 972-569-9988

She and her grandson lived in her car

Marion is 68 years old. She was working part time to supplement her Social Security when her son, a single Dad, asked her to take his four-year-old child. Marion has cared for many of her grandchildren over the years and immediately told him that she would. Her part-time job became impossible while caring for a young child, but she thought she would be able to get by without it. Unfortunately, she could not. Marion was surprised and saddened that none of her children, who she has helped, offered to help her. When Marion’s savings were depleted, she lost her apartment and she and her grandson lived in her car. She knew that was a bad situation, so she went to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army referred them to The Samaritan Inn. Marion is glad that they are here and very grateful for the services she is receiving. She has just enrolled her grandson in pre-school and she is attending our financial literacy class. “I have made a lot of poor choices with money,” she confided to her caseworker. Marion is also looking for another part-time job. “It’s hard sometimes at my age,” she says, “but when I look at my grandson, I know I will make this happen for...

Looking for employment in sales, advertising, or marketing

Karla is a resident of The Samaritan Inn and looking for employment in the fields of inside sales, advertising, or a marketing copywriter. She has spent over 20 years as a copywriter and is proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. She spent 12 years as a self-employed freelance writer and attended TWU and the University of Texas in Arlington. Do you know of a job that might be right for Karla? Please contact Juliet at: 972-542-5302 extension 225 or by email at...

Each month she struggled to make her rent

Elena is 56 years old with one grown son. She lost her job in early 2014. Each month she struggled to make her rent – piecing it together with odd jobs, her savings, and once with help from her church. In November she finally lost her apartment and still had not found a full-time job. Her grown son was in no position to help her but her friends did for a while. For months she relied on their generosity, until she knew she had asked enough of all of them. She came to The Samaritan Inn on February 15. Her first few weeks at the Inn were full of anxiety and stress as she tried to do everything perfectly. She attended the Job Readiness program, and soon after a previous employer asked her to return to work. Elena was thrilled and took as many hours as they were willing to give her, but working 60 hours a week began to take its toll. Her caseworker explained that The Samaritan Inn is more than just a place to sleep while you work and save. It is a holistic program that requires residents to attend to their mental and physical health as well. She was cautioned to slow down by her caseworker, and rather than save her money just yet, she should use it to pay off some of her debts. Elena was evicted from her last apartment, but the apartment complex was willing to erase the eviction for a settlement of $1,500. Elena’s caseworker told her this should be her first priority as finding an apartment with an eviction on...

Training for the plumbing industry

Carl has been training for the plumbing industry for the past year and a half. He graduated from Job Corps this month and has a lot of experience in the service industry and communicating with customers. Carl would like to continue gaining experience in the plumbing industry. Do you know of a job that might be right for Carl? If so, please contact Denise at 972-542-5302 X222 or by email at...