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Giving Thanks & Honor To Our Moms

Mother's DayIt’s almost Mother’s Day.  Perhaps your children, grandchildren, or spouse are asking if there’s something you would like to make this year’s Mother’s Day extra special.  Flowers don’t last more than a few days; the newest books are available at the public library; and candy isn’t really good for the diet.  Well, here’s an idea.  Ask your loved ones to make the day special, in your honor, for another mother — one who’s struggling.

Many moms right here in Collin County are having difficulties keeping food on the table, paying the rent so they can stay in their homes, keeping the utilities on, buying gas so they can get to work and back.  The Community Lifeline Center hears from these moms every day (the majority of clients are single moms).  And their needs do not stop because we’re approaching a holiday or summer break.  If anything, summer increases their needs because the kids will be at home more, eating more meals at home and using more utilities than they do when they’re at school.

Recently, one mom said, “My boss called and said they were taking a different direction and I got 2 weeks’ notice that I would not have a job.  I already had a past due phone balance. . . . I have not been able to pay my rent, my water bill, and my electric is past due from last month and I have received a disconnect notice.  I have sold everything of value and now I am looking at being evicted and having utilities cut off.  I have less than $200 in cash that I have to use for gas.”

A donation made to the Community Lifeline Center can help this woman and others like her greatly.  Just contact the CLC at 972-542-0020 or donate online.   Not only can you help make another mom’s  Mother’s Day special; your loved ones’ donation will improve their entire month.  They’ll have hope and know that others care.  “A community stands tallest when it kneels to offer a helping hand.”

Easter Meals 2015

Easter BagsLast week, 477 individuals received meals to help them celebrate the blessings of Easter. Clients of Community Lifeline Center and Burks Elementary school were recipients.

Community Lifeline Center’s Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd greatly appreciates the members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney for their faithful commitment and support both as a Covenant Congregation and for wonderfully demonstrating what serving the community is all about. So do the north Collin County families who received bags. “This was the fifteenth year that St. Peter’s Episcopal Church provided Easter meals for CLC families. What an amazing gift of love and service,” Hockin-Boyd said.

Bags with basic canned goods (ham, green beans, corn, and fruit) were purchased with proceeds of Empty Bowls 2014 McKinney. “The rest of the food for an Easter meal as well as gifts for the family come from the parishioners of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,” explained Jamie St. Clair, Outreach Coordinator for St. Peter’s. “We are excited to share the joy of the resurrection of our Lord with the families,” said St. Clair.

Empty Bowls 2015 is just a few days away. This year, the event will be held at the MPAC on the Square in McKinney from 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, April 16. Participants can, for a small fee, enjoy a delicious bowl of soup donated by local restaurants, choose a one-of-a-kind bowl to take home, and know that they are helping to provide next years’ Easter meals for neighbors.

Thank Goodness for Community Partners

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CoServ LogoAs the winter reluctantly gave way to spring, many families in north Collin County feared the arrival of the utility bills. It seemed the furnaces could get no rest. But Community Lifeline Center and the regions utility providers came through to help local residents in need.

Three special Utility Assistance Days were announced. On February 25 and March 25, a total of 50 families received assistance in meeting their costs with TXU Energy — over $19,000 in assistances, to be more specific. And on March 11, 15 families received nearly $6,000 in help from CoServ. In total, sixty-five families received $24,954.94 in help from TXU Energy and CoServ.

Both providers sent representatives to the Community Lifeline Center on these days to meet with clients previously screened by the CLC as eligible for benefits. Appointments were scheduled in advance, and clients brought the requested documentation to present to the representatives. They may have arrived with concerns about meeting their expenses, but they left with smiles of relief. CLC is most grateful for all community partners, and these two utility providers are especially appreciated at this time.

TXU Energy Utility Assistance Day

TXU-Utility-AssistanceGood news! Another special utility assistance day has been planned for TXU Energy customers for Wednesday, March 25. Even though the outside temperatures are warming up, the burden on our utilities to keep homes warm and the lights on still impact the household bills.  Therefore, Community Lifeline Center is grateful for the community partnership with TXU Energy in providing this special day.

Who:
  Persons residing in Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston may be eligible.

Eligibility:  Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance.  In addition, families experiencing a short-term crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may qualify.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income for the previous 30 days for each household member over the age of 18
  • Current billing statement

 

What to do:

  • Call 972-542-0020 to reserve your appointment time.
  • Be prepared to give the following information when calling:
  • Name as it appears on utility bill
  • Account number

 

Appointment slots are still available.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get some help to reduce your TXU Energy bill.  Community Lifeline Center is ready to help you.

Mission in Action

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If you think that McKinney students just goof off during Spring Break, please think again.  A dozen youngsters and four adult chaperones spent their time off helping a single senior woman.  Members of Cross Road Christian Church contacted Community Lifeline Center with a desire to reach out.  And CLC knew just who could use that help.

 

 

 

The CLC client has arthritis which, in addition to some aging issues, make some chores difficult, if not impossible, for her to do herself.  Here’s what the youngsters did:Cross Road Christian Church

  • Laid a base of bricks for her trash can to sit on
  • Divided iris bulbs and replanted them closer to her house
  • Insulated and added drywall to her enclosed garage
  • Cleaned her windows.

 

CLC staff reports that the client is very grateful for the work done by the youth group and sponsors.  She was especially impressed by the 10-year-old who requested permission to wash the windows and got them spotless.  Through Community Lifeline, these church members were enriched by assisting a neighbor, and the homeowner was greatly helped.  This is mission in action!

CLC staff reports that the client is very grateful for the work done by the youth group and sponsors.  She was especially impressed by the 10-year-old who requested permission to wash the windows and got them spotless.  Through Community Lifeline, these church members were enriched by assisting a neighbor, and the homeowner was greatly helped.  This is mission in action!

 

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Community Means A Great Deal

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Pick up a Community key tag at the CLC office or call 972-542-0020 to have one mailed to you.

LITE-UP Texas Is Back

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The LITE-UP TEXAS program is designed to help qualified low-income individuals living in an area where they can choose their service provider and reduce the monthly cost of electric service. The program will provide discounts to eligible customers during the months of May thru August 2015.

For additional information and program requirements you can call 1-866-454-8387 or go to the Public Utility Commission of Texas website.

Save the Date! Empty Bowls McKinney Is Almost Here

Empty Bowls Logo 2015Join the Community Lifeline Center on April 16, 2015, to support initiatives to eradicate hunger in Collin County.  Empty Bowls is an annual event at which local vendors provide professionally made soups.  For a small donation, you can enjoy supper and then choose a bowl made and donated by local artists.  Where else can you have dinner and take the dish home?

The event on April 16 will be at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Local vendors providing food and drink this year are Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Caudalie Crest Winery, Churchill’s British Restaurant and Pub, McKinney Culinary Incubator, McKinney’s Sweet Spot, Mellow Mushroom, Patina Green, Rick’s Chophouse, SNUG on the Square, Square Burger, The Pantry Restaurant, and Tupps Brewery.

Funds will be used to supply the shelves of the Community Lifeline Center’s Market so that eligible residents of Collin County who are experiencing hard times can receive help.  The CLC Market was launched in 2014 and, since its opening, over 1,000 people have been given access to box fans, diapers, blankets, heaters, over 21,000 pounds of food and 6,145 household/hygiene items.

Sponsors of EMPTY BOWLS are St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Independent Bank, SPARC Pottery Studio and Gallery, City of McKinney, The Parks Church, and Square One.

See you on the McKinney Square on Thursday, April 16.
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Thank You Sounds Sweet In Any Language

Thank YouNo matter what language you speak, the words, “Thank You” always bring a smile to one’s face. Hearing those words always warms my heart. Together we are making a difference in many people’s lives. Your partnership and support means a great deal to many moms and dads who are doing their best to take care of their family during a moment in their life that has caused a major disruption. Because you give, a family is able to stay in their home; utilities remain turned on so that children are able to bathe and keep warm; healthy food provides strength and nourishment for all.

Now hear directly from some of our families as they have expressed their thanks to you as the donor, and CLC as the channel for serving our community.

I am so grateful that there are  organizations like this that exist. We are not completely back on track financially yet, but at least make small steps in that direction.

There are so many good things I can say about everyone there at Community Lifeline. Every time I come, you make me feel welcomed and that you really care and that’s important. The food has helped me and my grandkids that stay a lot with me and the Christmas stockings were incredible. I even got a couple of things for Christmas because of you. You all are truly a blessing. Thank you for all you do.

Completely Appreciative!

I like the compassion I’m given when I come and treated with care and consideration.

Everyone is so gracious & helpful.

Beautiful staff, great interpersonal skills!

The experience with everyone there has always been wonderful. Everyone is so nice, and friendly and helpful. You can tell that you really care and that makes such a difference. I always want you to know how much the food means and how much I appreciate all your help.  You are truly a blessing. Thank you.

Because you give, YOUR community remains strong. Thank you.

Christine Hockin-Boyd
Executive Director

Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside

Goodness it has been cold and for many of us the snow and sleet may linger for a few more days. Schools throughout the area closed and the high never got above freezing.   Thankfully, it IS Texas, and these conditions won’t last too long.  However, the burden on our utilities to keep homes warm and the lights on will impact the bills that will be rolling in later.  Community Lifeline Center is ready to help.

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Both CoServ and TXU Energy, providers of electric service for many Collin County residents, will have representatives at the Community Lifeline Center on the following dates from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to help residents with payments:

CoServ                 Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TXU                       Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Who: Persons residing in Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowery Crossing, McKinney, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston may be eligible.

Eligibility:  Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. In addition, families experiencing a short-term crisis (unemployment, medical, or other family crisis) may qualify.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income for the previous 30 days for each household member over the age of 18
  • Current CoServ or TXU bill

What to do:

  • Call 972-542-0020 OR email [email protected] to reserve your appointment time. Don’t delay and miss this opportunity.
  • Be prepared to give the following information:
    • Name as it appears on utility bill
    • Account number