Who We Are
The Samaritan Inn is more than just a place to spend the night. It is a comprehensive program that teaches self-sufficiency and life skills to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. We help willing people gain dignity and independence. On a typical night, approximately 160 people sleep at the Inn, of which 60 are children.
Who We Serve
Homeless families and individuals are the focus at The Samaritan Inn. In 2014, the Inn served 624 residents; 218 of them were children.
We are a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence.
No Fee for Services
All services and support are provided free of charge through funding made from donations by churches, service groups and organizations, corporations and individuals. The Samaritan Inn is a member of the United Way of North Texas.
Only Homeless Shelter in Collin County
As the county has grown to over 854,000 residents, the issue of homelessness has grown with it. We started with just 10 beds for men only in 1984, but have expanded our capacity over the years to 160 beds for men, women and families.
The organizational leadership at The Samaritan Inn consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, several committees that focus on specific areas of operation and a staff of forty-five full and part-time employees. A large pool of volunteers also provides critical support.
Family Homelessness is Growing in Collin County
Collin County is one of the wealthiest areas in Texas, but poverty and homelessness are growing issues. Last year, we were unable to help more than 500 families experiencing homelessness because we were already at capacity.
What Services Does The Samaritan Inn Provide?
The Samaritan Inn provides, at no cost, a secure and clean place to live. Our building has separate living areas for men, women and families. We also have a playroom and fully equipped playground. We serve three well balanced meals daily and provide personal hygiene products. If necessary, clothing, coats, and shoes are also available. Within this nurturing environment, professional caseworkers assess each resident and his/her needs to develop an individual plan with a goal of independence. Referrals are made for support programs such as legal and financial counseling, mental and physical health services. We provide classes in a variety of life skills, like parenting, budgeting, job training, computer skills and customer service job and more. Individual programs are reviewed regularly to ensure that all the necessary steps are being taken to reach independence in the future. Residents who “graduate” from The Samaritan Inn receive all the necessary items to set up their own households. Ongoing support is also provided, for as long as necessary, to ensure long-term, permanent independence.
Changes to this Statement – The Samaritan Inn will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. The Samaritan Inn encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how The Samaritan Inn is protecting your information.
Collection/Use of Personal Information
Collection of your Personal Information – The Samaritan Inn collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. The Samaritan Inn also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.
There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by The Samaritan Inn. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by The Samaritan Inn for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the The Samaritan Inn Web site.
Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through The Samaritan Inn public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: The Samaritan Inn does not read any of your private online communications.
The Samaritan Inn encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from The Samaritan Inn so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. The Samaritan Inn is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the The Samaritan Inn and The Samaritan Inn family of Web sites.
Use of your Personal Information – The Samaritan Inn collects and uses your personal information to operate the The Samaritan Inn Web site and deliver the services you have requested. The Samaritan Inn also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from The Samaritan Inn and its affiliates. The Samaritan Inn may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.
The Samaritan Inn does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The Samaritan Inn may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, The Samaritan Inn may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to The Samaritan Inn, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
The Samaritan Inn does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.
The Samaritan Inn keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within The Samaritan Inn, in order to determine what The Samaritan Inn services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within The Samaritan Inn to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
The Samaritan Inn Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Samaritan Inn or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Samaritan Inn; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of The Samaritan Inn, or the public.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize The Samaritan Inn pages, or register with The Samaritan Inn site or services, a cookie helps The Samaritan Inn to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same The Samaritan Inn Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the The Samaritan Inn features that you customized.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the The Samaritan Inn services or Web sites you visit.
Security of your Personal Information – The Samaritan Inn secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Samaritan Inn secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Conflict of Interest Policy
Conflict of Interest- all staff and volunteers are required to scrupulously avoid any conflict, direct or indirect, between their own respective individual, professional or business interests and the interest of The Samaritan Inn.
Whistleblowing- The Samaritan Inn enforces the Public of Interest Disclosure Act of 1998, “Whistleblowers Act” which protects employees against detrimental treatment or dismissal as a result of any disclosure.
Records Retention & Destruction Policy
Records Retention & Destruction Policy- personal information is gathered for employees and residents of the Transitional Residential Shelter and Gateway apartments. The Samaritan Inn (1) collects uses and retains only personal, personnel information which is required for business or legal reasons; (2) restricts the internal availability of personnel information to those with a business need to know; (3) releases personnel information outside the organization only with employee approval. The Samaritan Inn (1) collects uses and retains only personal, resident information which is required for business or legal reasons; (2) restricts the internal availability of resident information to those with a business need to know (3) releases resident information outside the organization only with approval and signed consent release form or court order. The Samaritan Inn maintains all personnel and adult resident records for 5 years and children resident records for up to the child turning 21 years. It is the procedure of the Samaritan Inn to scan all files and destroy hard copy by use of an independent shredding company on-site.