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

Pete first walked through the doors of The Samaritan Inn almost one year ago.   He arrived with virtually nothing after relocating from another state and with nowhere else to go, Pete took a chance hoping that a bed would be available for him here at The Inn when he arrived.   When our caseworker sat down with Pete to complete the intake process, we learned that he was seeking to gain custody of his child who had been placed in foster care.   Pete was ready to make changes in order to regain stability for both himself and his son. With his basic needs met and the comfort of knowing he was regaining stability, Pete successfully completed what was required by Child Protective Services and began gaining custody of his child within his first two weeks at The Inn. During this time, Pete built a relationship with the foster family who had become a great source of support and provided a sense of family to both Pete and his son. With his father/son bond strengthening, Pete knew he needed to secure employment. He had been searching diligently but needed a job close in proximity to The Inn given that he had no automobile or transportation. With the help of our career development team Pete found not only a good-paying job nearby, but one that would also allow his son to join him at work if needed. With flexible hours and the option to work as much as he wanted, Pete was able to build his savings quickly. With no outstanding debt and no need to pay for childcare, Pete was well...

Overcoming Addiction To Build A New Life

Lana was introduced to drugs in her early teen years and by the time she turned 15 had begun to take pain pills which was the beginning of a an opioid addition.   Before finding herself in jail, Lana’s drug addiction had grown to include heroine, methamphetamine’s, marijuana, Xanax, and hallucinogens.  At 27 years old, Lana has now been released from jail after completing the SCORE (Sheriff’s Convicted Offender Re-Entry) program and has found her way to The Samaritan Inn for a fresh start. As a mother to two children – a 7 month old son and a 6 year old daughter – Lana realizes that she must make sobriety her highest priority.   Due to her drug addiction and incarcerations, both of Lana’s children are in the care of Child Protective Services but she realizes that in order to be a good mother she must make significant life changes.   Lana is actively engaged in services with the Department of Family Protective Services and is in a supportive outpatient substance abuse treatment program.  In addition, she is attending AA/NA meeting and working daily to maintain sobriety long term.   “My low self-esteem and thoughts about myself is one of the reasons I used… I really don’t think that’s going to change until I can prove to myself that I can take care of myself.”  Lana views her current situation as an opportunity to make significant changes that will help her to become a good parent. Lana sought residence at The Inn because she wanted to start living a healthy, positive, and productive life style. She longs to be proud of herself.  Lana...

Story of the Week – New Beginnings

After cutting ties with an abusive boyfriend, 36-year old Sara (a single mom with a teenage daughter) tried to make it on her own but unfortunately, the cost of living in Collin County coupled with the debt accrued during that relationship was more than she could financially handle. Thankfully Sara’s landlord was willing to work with her so she could avoid adding an eviction to her troubles and together she and her daughter set out on a path they had never envisioned for themselves…being homeless. Needing assistance from a homeless shelter was not where Sara thought she’d find herself at this stage of her life. She had earned both an Associates and a Bachelor’s degree and was fully employed with a good company, but after depleting all her resources and she had nowhere else to turn. Sara and her 16-year old daughter arrived on the Inn’s doorstep in early March of this year. Her bravery and persistence to do what was best for her daughter led the way. She determined to meet and complete the program requirements with drive and positivity. Sara met with her caseworker to set goals for herself and her daughter and to lay out plans for their future. In her counseling sessions, she began to recognize not only where she needed help but also where her strengths lie. She excelled in her soft skills and interviewing knowledge and it became quickly evident obtaining and maintaining employment were strengths for Sara, but being paid enough to live in the area would be an area to work on. Although she did not need any further educational opportunities,...

Story of the Week – Unexpected Blessings

Andy arrived at The Samaritan Inn in March after the living situation with his brother became difficult and he was unable to afford a place of his own.  For the past five years he had been making a living as a driver, most recently with Uber.  However, Andy found that he didn’t make enough money to sustain himself independently.  In a recent study published by MIT it was determined that the median pretax profit for Uber and Lyft drivers is typically about $3.37 per hour. After moving to The Inn, Andy was able to secure a position at a factory with better pay.  However, even working overtime, he has little left to save after paying child support and transportation to work.  Given the opportunity to talk with Andy, it becomes clear that this quiet and reserved man is deeply rooted in his faith and puts his children’s needs above all else.  As a father of twin boys, Andy provides more than the required child support to ensure that his boys have what they need. After a recent church service, Andy found himself chatting with a fellow member of the congregation and shared a bit about his situation.  That conversation led to an amazing blessing.  In the first 30 minutes of their conversation, this generous church member saw the good, hardworking man that Andy is and offered to give him a car. The vehicle was intended for donation to charity, but in speaking with Andy the man could see what a blessing the vehicle would be for him.  Andy’s caseworker was not surprised and said “Anyone who talks to Andy knows that he has a...