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

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...

Homeless Students Face Many Obstacles

This article points out many of the obstacles faced by students experiencing homelessness. We served children that are accompanied by a parent or guardian and refer unaccompanied children to My Friend’s House/City House in Plano. On a typical night, we have between 50 – 60 children living at the Inn. Last school year, we were overjoyed when ALL our students passed the STAAR testing and were promoted to the next grade. Because children experiencing homelessness typically move several times in a year, often have unstable evening arrangements, and are often missing curriculum, technology, tutoring, enrichment and homework activities, their chance to be successful academically is diminished. We are thrilled to have on-site weekly tutoring, a weekly reading therapy dog program and a wonderful on-site McKinney ISD liaison to help us ensure student success. Read the US News article...


It isn’t surprising that as one of the only completely free of charge homeless inns, that we are completly full every day. There are some days that we have to turn away people even, because of this. The following is a great article that covers why this is so and our hopes to expand. Link to...