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

Story of the Week – The Care Giver

Liza spent years caring for her elderly parents with a love and gentleness only a daughter could give, however there came a time when she was no longer able to care for them on her own. With her parents settled into a care facility, the family had to sell the only home Liza and her daughter had ever known. Years spent as a care giver had limited Liza’s financial resources and the sale of the house left her with nowhere to go. After learning about The Samaritan Inn, Liza and her daughter began the intake process with hopes for a positive new beginning. Living in a private or semi-private dwelling, and having to transition into a shelter environment is not easy on anyone. The staff at The Samaritan Inn is aware of the challenges that come with moving into the shelter and do their best to make that difficult transition as smooth as possible. Liza’s number one concern was for her daughter; she wanted to make sure that Michele would have as seamless a transition as possible into her new school. With the help of our Child Advocate, Michele was registered and attended school on her second day at The Inn. With Michele settled into a new routine, Liza turned her focus to herself and began to work on some of her own challenges – things she tried to hide from her daughter to keep her safe. Liza has a history of drug abuse and she worries that the it will be more difficult to continue her sobriety in their new environment. In her old neighborhood, she was familiar...

What is Career Development?

The Samaritan Inn’s Career Development Program assists Samaritan Inn residents in taking advantage of educational opportunities that will provide them with a career and solidify their future. With the support of people like you, we are facilitating the ability of our residents to enhance their career opportunities by going back to school. Continuing Education/certification courses offer a variety of career paths that are quick, accessible and accelerate our residents’ journey back to a life of independence and self-sufficiency. Residents are able to choose between professional certifications in fields like Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Commercial Driver License, IT, Administrative Assisting, and many more. The programs include workforce and career training that make the difference between employment and unemployment, and earning that elusive living wage once employed. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our residents that has the potential to positively affect their lives for many years to come. If you would like more information on how you can help or would like to donate to this program, please contact Alma Hernandez...

Story of the Week – Second Chances

For most people dealing with addiction, recovery is anything but a straight line.  In fact, it is typically a long, winding path – riddled with ups and downs, successes, disappointments, and often regression or relapse.  Relapse is not a failure, but rather a common – and very frustrating – part of recovery. For Jason, one of only a few return clients we see at The Inn, relapse has been part of his process.   Jason left The Samaritan Inn over a year ago after a relapse.  His addiction proved to be much stronger than his drive to successfully complete rehabilitation.  That relapse led Jason to a nine-month incarceration before a judge gave him the opportunity to enter the S.C.O.R.E program.  S.C.O.R.E is an in custody treatment alternative for medium to high-risk offenders facing incarceration.  Jason was and still is facing additional time in prison if he does not successfully complete the S.C.O.R.E program. This time, Jason arrived at The Inn and has begun our program with a different attitude.  He has been given a second chance and really wants to make big changes in his life.  Jason’s caseworker has a great working relationship with Collin County Probation and was able to schedule a meeting with Jason for intake so that he could be released from jail without spending one night on the streets.  On the morning he was released he arrived at The Inn bright and early, ready to start his next step. Since his arrival, Jason has met with each of the staff required to begin classes in Financial Education, Career Development, and Counseling. In addition, Jason is working...

Career Corner – Commercial Driver

In the past ten years, Rachel has continuously accrued experience in the commercial driving industry. She takes pride in her career and has maintained an impeccable driving record. Rachel has been highly praised by management for her ability to learn quickly and her aptitude for driving a variety of commercial vehicles safely. Rachel has also received commendations for safe driving and guarantying the safety of her passengers.  She displays an eagerness in assisting elderly and disabled passengers while diligently following safety procedures.  Other jobs have required Rachel to drive equipment in residential areas helping to keep community streets clean and safe. Rachel has also used her skill set driving at commercial building sites and yards. Rachel is detail oriented, thorough and has excellent listening and communication skills. She is proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products like MS Word and MS Excel. If you are looking for a reliable professional who has high safety standards and is passionate about driving, please contact Alma Hernandez...

Career Corner – July 19

With years of quality experience using technology in the warehouse environment, materials handling, and supervision of a variety of other warehouse operations, Luke has a proven strength in exceeding employer goals, objectives, and expectations. As a natural born leader, Luke projects exceptional management skills he has accrued over fifteen years of experience of warehouse operation. He has loaded and unloaded freight using forklift and other machinery, stocked product for display, assembled product for customers, cashiered and handled cash drops. As a quality control operator, his responsibilities have included running diagnostic tests and calibrating equipment such as iPhones and Apple Macs while using up to date 3D Touch application software. As a unit supervisor, he has conducted interviews, background checks, training, and overseeing loaders, forklift operations, and electrical appliance repairmen. He has conducted inventory and secured inbound/outbound deliveries. Luke greets challenges and obstacles head on in order to resolve problems in a timely manner. He is goal and detail oriented, organized, and quick to learn new tasks. Luke is also driven, takes personal initiative, and strives for excellence. Luke has a well-developed skill set in working with Microsoft Office Programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. He has received awards and commendations including Employee of the Month as well as recognition for being on-time and never absent. If you are looking for a leader who is personable, reliable, and analytical with great communication skills, please contact Alma Hernandez...

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...