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McKinney, TX 75071
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Story Of The Week – July 19

In August 2017, Meghan’s life changed forever when Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coastline dumping 30 to 60 inches of rain and submerging almost 30 percent of Harris County.  Meghan had been working at the same job making a livable wage for years when the destruction from the storm forced her to relocate to Dallas.  With the assistance she received from FEMA, Meghan spent months living between shelters and hotels. Although she found another job, it was for less pay which made finding an affordable apartment in Collin County impossible.  Meghan not only couldn’t afford rent, she also had to reevaluate the lifestyle she had previously enjoyed.  In order to afford an apartment in Collin County and cover all of her living expenses, Meghan has to work one full time job and an additional part-time job. The knowledge and skills that Meghan has gained in her financial and career development classes have given her the ability to manage her money and begin saving.   Meghan admits that Hurricane Harvey created significant changes in her life and although she was left homeless, she is not hopeless thanks to The Samaritan Inn.   Sometimes we are faced with circumstances completely out of our control which can lead to hard times but Meghan is thankful for the opportunity The Samaritan Inn has given her to regain her...

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The Samaritan Inn is more than just a homeless shelter, it is a transitional living facility that focuses on enhancing the lives of residents with case management, financial literacy, counseling, and career development services.  The mission of The Inn is to assist willing individuals in gaining dignity and overall independence.  Olivia is an excellent example of how our program facilitates the transformation of residents who are willing and able to effectively work the program. Olivia entered The Samaritan Inn with her five year old daughter after losing her job due to transportation challenges.   Olivia lacked financial resources for necessary car repairs and was unable to commute daily to her place of employment.  Due to Olivia’s job loss, she was unable to continue paying rent and was evicted from her apartment.  Prior to becoming a resident at The Inn, Olivia spent numerous evenings sleeping in a rental car and temporary stays at local hotels.  Her financial situation spiraled out of control until she had exhausted every resource…it was then that she entered the shelter.  When we first met Olivia her anxiety level was quite high.  With the comfort of having a place to stay she could finally begin to relax.  At her first meeting with her caseworker, Olivia expressed her willingness to set clear and specific goals and work efficiently to obtain them.  She has been faithful in attending all of her appointments with both her counselor and Career Development Coordinator. Not long after she began the program, Olivia gained employment and was able to effectively build and maintain a savings account.  Since Olivia lacked transportation, she utilized Uber and...

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When the school year ends and summertime begins, our program coordinators and children’s advocates do a great deal of planning to create a schedule for each of our young residents to attend camps throughout the community. The Leadership Training Camp, offered through the YMCA, is a favorite among our teen residents and provides an opportunity for growth and independence. At the age of 16, Mia is a quiet young lady who approaches new situations with caution, but is willing to participate in new experiences.   When given the opportunity to attend Leadership Camp, Mia found herself intrigued about the three weeks of fun and learning that camp offered which included two weeks of daily camp activities and one week of overnight camp. During the third week of camp when our Children’s Caseworker, Lyn, arrived for pick up she found Mia hot and with band-aids on both legs, but when she climbed into the van she was laughing and waving goodbye to all her friends.  On the way back to The Inn Mia happily shared what she had been doing the past two and half weeks.  This quiet youth shared stories about her adventures learning to canoe and zip line.  She had even conquered the rock wall!  Swimming is a daily activity providing a time to cool off and was clearly a much anticipated part of each day.  The second week was the overnight portion of the camp where the teens participated in team building activities and developed leadership skills. Mia found that she really enjoyed her fellow campers and made some really good friends while laughing and sharing stories late...

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Abby is a mid-20 year old female who came to The Samaritan Inn in December 2017 in search of stability. After suffering a mental breakdown Abby lost everything, including her children. She found herself giving up and attempted to take her own life.  During intake at The Inn Abby received a call informing her that she got the job she interviewed for.  Things were finally beginning to look up. Abby had never lived on her own and had many fears coming into the shelter . She was severely in debt and was learning to be a responsible adult for the first time. Abby immediately took advantage of everything The Inn had to offer and began to make positive changes.  She quickly began to regain stability and opened a savings account which enabled her to regain custody of her children. Using the tools that she learned in the Career Development and Financial Education program, Abby has not only been able to save for the future, she has been able to pay off thousands of dollars that she had accumulated in debt.  Using the skills that she learned in the job readiness class, Abby has successfully moved up into a managerial position at her place of employment.  Abby enjoys the weekly parenting classes and credits them with helping her be creative as a parent and a better mom. In addition to her career and financial success, Abby has been able to wean herself off her mental health medication and has taken control of her health. She credits The Inn with being there for her when she had no one and was at...