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CLC Receives Quality of Life Award

Friday evening, January 30, was a special night for IMG_0136Community Lifeline Center.  The McKinney Community Awards Celebration was held at the Cotton Mill in McKinney where approximately 400 guests were at hand to honor the Best of the Best.  The gathering of local organizations and their leaders were recognized in various categories because their “talent and vision have propelled McKinney to become – Unique by Nature.

Award2The McKinney Community Development Corporation honored the CLC with the QUALITY OF LIFE AWARD to “recognize the efforts of an individual or organization that has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life in McKinney, Texas, as determined by one or more of the following:
•    Has made significant economic, social or environmental impact on the community.
•    Is a public use project/facility or initiative that impacts the community at large.
•    Promotes, develops or creates:  recreational, cultural or community assets or amenities; business growth and/or tourism; affordable housing.”

Scott Elliott, Chair of the MCDC, introduced the award and stated that there were nine nominees for this year’s award.  Community Lifeline Center Executive-Director Christine Hockin-Boyd accepted the award on behalf of the organization, its few employees, many volunteers, and growing numbers of clients.  She acknowledged the grateful appreciation that the clients usually voice with the simple words, “Thank you.”

Fourth Annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive

CLC was selected this year as the 2014 receipient of the annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive. Residents of Tucker Hill signed up to provide toys for the children who would be attending the CLC Christmas Reception at Trinity Presbyterian Church. This year the Tucker Hill Toy Drive collected 182 toys which they delivered to Trinity Presbyterian Church for the toy room. Jessica Contreras who organized and coordinated the toy drive said “Our neighbors are especially thankful for all their blessings at such a joyous time of year. We love to pass those blessings on to other neighbors in need.” She also noted that the Tucker Hill developer, Southern Land Company, made a $200 donation to CLC to help support their efforts.

Toys collected for the Fourth Annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive

Toys collected for the Fourth Annual Tucker Hill Toy Drive

One of several loads of toys collected by the residents of Tucker Hill delivered to Trinity Presbyterian Church for the Christmas reception.

One of several loads of toys collected by the residents of Tucker Hill delivered to Trinity Presbyterian Church for the Christmas reception.

CLC Adopt-A-Family Reception

CLC ADOPT-A-FAMILY RECEPTION

Thank you to all of the donors who adopted a CLC family or an individual—your gifts not only made the children’s faces light up, but also gave their parents a moment of relief from financial strain. The December 16 reception at Trinity Presbyterian Church was a magical event, with holiday treats, entertaining activities for the children, and a toy room where the parents could select special toys for their children. CLC Case Manager Delphia Adeogun commented that many of the people who attended seemed overwhelmed and simply kept saying “Thank you” to the staff and volunteers.

We also want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian who organized the event. Jen Zaccarella, a volunteer from the Giving Tree Planning Committee at Trinity Presbyterian Church, said “We were so happy to be able to help and hopefully provide a warm, caring atmosphere for the families at the reception, and I’m so glad that everyone enjoyed it!”

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Volunteers picking up the Christmas gifts to distribute to each family or individual at the reception.

 

 

Toy Room

The Toy Room at Trinity Presbyterian Church, December 16, 2014. During the reception, parents would go to the toy room and select a toy for each of their children.

 

(l-r) Mary Welch, Rosemary Chase, Carol Clark, and Sharon Montgomery, volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church

(l-r) Mary Welch, Rosemary Chase, Carol Clark, and Sharon Montgomery, volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church Here are Santa’s helpers in the toy room, waiting to help parents pick out the perfect toy.

 

 

It’s A Match!

Community Lifeline Center’s end-of-the-year appeal raised $7,410 by December 31, meeting the $5,000 1:1 challenge grant, for a grand total of $12,410! We are so grateful to board member Tony Forsythe (NPC, LLC) for the grant, which made this year’s end-of-the-year campaign the most successful in CLC’s history.

And what a year it’s been! Here are the preliminary figures for 2014 showing CLC’s growth over the past two years:

2013 2014 % Increase
Number of People Served* 4,665 12,049 158%
Number of Cases 2,011 3,336 56%
Number of Households Served 1,910 3,172 66%
 
INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES
Phone 3,271 4,617 41%
Walk-in 708 1,346 90%
Web 17 117 588%

* Unduplicated individuals

We are so grateful for the support from all of our friends and supporters. None of our achievements would have been possible without you. Thank you for helping make compassion a reality within our community. Your support makes a difference, and we appreciate you.

2014 End-of-the-Year Matching Grant provided by

National Produce Consultants

Adopt-A-Family Christmas Party

Christmas Tree

 

On December 16, all of the CLC Adopt-a-Family clients will attend a reception hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church. Volunteers from the church and CLC staff members will distribute the Christmas presents donated for the families as they enjoy Christmas cookies and other holiday activities. Volunteers adopted over 100 families and individuals, providing basic needs, toys and a holiday meal. We are so grateful to everyone who adopted a family or an individual for Christmas. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

Shop Local, Help Local

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October 24 – November 2, 2014 

Don’t miss this great opportunity! Purchase the VIP Shopping Pass for $25 and get amazing discounts on clothing, meals, services and more! The VIP Shopping Pass is valid from October 24-November 2 (unless otherwise noted) at local shops and restaurants. Proceeds from the sale of the Shopping Passes will benefit Community Lifeline Center, helping people in crisis since 1989.

Here’s how it works:

  • Or purchase passes at one of the following participating merchants:

Cynthia Elliot Boutique                     Fair and Square Imports

Nan Lee Jewelry Boutique               Orison’s Art and Framing 

  • Your VIP Shopping Pass will be mailed to you.

North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day 2014                                                   North Texas Giving Day
                                                   September 18, 2014
                                                   6:00 am – midnight

Support Community Lifeline Center during the annual online North Texas Giving Day onSeptember 18, from 6 am-midnight! Every online gift of $25 or more that day helps our chances of winning prizes throughout the day, maximizing your gift. Remember—all gifts must be made online—NO donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.

Anyone with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express) and access to the internet can donate. Simply click here to make a donation to Community Lifeline Center from 6 am-midnight on September 18, 2014. Or you can go to the online giving website, NorthTexasGivingDay.org and go to theCommunity Lifeline Center page. Your gift will make a difference. Please ask at least one friend to make a gift that day, too.

Follow us on Facebook so you can share in the excitement of a day of giving. Remember to get up and give on September 18! With your support, CLC can continue to offer a “lifeline” for people in crisis

VIP Shopping Pass

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VIP Shopping Pass
Valid October 24-November 2, 2014

Don’t miss this great opportunity! Purchase the VIP Shopping Pass for $25 and get amazing discounts on clothing, meals, services and more! Proceeds will benefit Community Lifeline Center, providing Hope and Help right Here in north Collin County to people in crisis since 1989. 

VIP Shopping Passes will be available soon online, at CLC’s office (call 972-542-0020), and at participating stores.

What’s going on at CLC

CoServ LogoCoServ Charitable Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to Community Lifeline Center to help stock the shelves of the Lifeline Market. Clients choose food items for their families and can also receive personal care items and cleaning supplies. CoServ Area Manager Dan Mugg said, “We thank you more than words can say for the volunteer work that you do to help Collin County families get back on their feet.” And Dan, the CLC thanks you for CoServ’s support.

Thirteen churches in north Collin County have committed to support Community Lifeline Center with monthly financial donations, prayers, special projects and more. These Covenant Congregations save time and costs by referring requests to the CLC through Community, powered by Seeladora, a web-based networking tool. Members of these congregations know that client needs are validated and are not duplicated or extended for long periods. By focusing on solutions for those who have been blindsided by a crisis, the CLC honors the covenant of these congregations:

Christ Fellowship
Crosspoint Church
First Christian Church
First United Methodist Church
Grace Community Church
Hillcrest Christian Church
Hope Fellowship
Milestone Church
St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Waddill Street Baptist Church

Qualifying customers of TXU Energy can make an appointment for August 13, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, to receive bill payment assistance. Customers must reside in north Collin County and have low or fixed-incomes or have experienced a short-term crisis, such as unemployment, illness, or other family concern. Call 972-542-0020 to make an appointment and learn what documents will be needed on August 13.

Help celebrate CLC’s 25th Anniversary by purchasing a “Silver VIP Shopping Pass” for $25. Silver VIP Passes will be available online soon at www.communitylifeline.org, at CLC’s office or at participating stores. The shopping pass will provide discounts on apparel, meals, beverages, and the like. Passes may be used at participating stores and restaurants from October 24 through November 2, 2014. Shoppers’ savings can quickly offset the $25 cost, and the proceeds will support CLC’s many programs which provide HOPE and HELP right HERE in the north Collin County area.

North Texas Giving Day 2014North Texas Giving Day is set for September 18, 2014, from 6 am to midnight. This event allows supporters to give to non-profits organizations online by going to NorthTexasGivingDay.org and selecting “Community Lifeline Center Inc. between 6 am and midnight. Anyone with a credit card and access to the Internet can participate in this “no hassle” way to give to Community Lifeline Center and other favorite non-profit agencies. All gifts are tax-deductible. More than 1,350 organizations benefitted in the past. Mark September 18 on your calendar and plan to give that morning before you head out the door for work or appointments.

CLC Offers Workshop — Kid Fears: Managing Back to School Anxiety

Community Lifeline Center
proudly presents
 

 Kid Fears: Managing Back to School Anxiety

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Tuesday, August 5
1:00 – 2:00 pm
CLC Education Room
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  Start the year with a confident kid and a confident you!

 Back to School does not have to be scary with these simple tools.

 Learn the 3 C’s of anxiety.

 

Presented by
Eliska Counce, LPC-S and Jennifer Lidington, LPC Intern

 For more information call 972-542-0020
1601 N. Waddill St., Ste. 102  McKinney, TX 75069