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Community Lifeline Center and Baby Booties Diaper Bank Present “Truckin’ in the Park”

Community Lifeline Center and Baby Booties Diaper Bank Present “Truckin’ in the Park”

MCKINNEY, Texas—May 4, 2016—Community Lifeline Center and Baby Booties Diaper Bank will hold their first Truckin’ in the Park event on Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Truckin’ in the Park admission and activities will be free to the public.

Truckin’ in the Park will feature several specialty food and beverage trucks from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, as there will be bounce houses, a fun bus, arts and crafts, and special character appearances. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and silent auction for a variety of exciting prizes. Community Lifeline and Baby Booties will collect food and diaper donations as Truckin_in_the_Parkwell.

“Truckin’ in the Park is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come out and enjoy the festivities while supporting two great causes,” said Community Lifeline’s Executive Director, Brian Marques. Community Lifeline Center and Baby Booties Diaper Bank provide basic needs to those experiencing hardship in the community.

Community Lifeline Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial assistance, food, free education programs, and information and referral services for residents of McKinney and north Collin County. For more information about Community Lifeline Center, please visit www.communitylifeline.org

Baby Booties Diaper Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides diapers and diapering supplies for families of infants and toddlers. For more information about Baby Booties Diaper Bank, please visit www.babybootiesdiaperbank.org/

For more information about Truckin’ in the Park and the two organizations it benefits, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1738517029717280/

 

Community Lifeline Center Announces New Executive Director and Case Manager

MCKINNEY, Texas—November 18, 2015—The Community Lifeline Center, a non-profit organization that provides a emergency assistance for individuals and families in crisis, has announced the selection of Brian Marques as executive director and Karen Derr as case manager.

Marques joins Community Lifeline with years of exceptional non-profit leadership. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. “Brian brings a renewed enthusiasm and a wealth of experience in the non-profit world, particularly in development,” Angie Bado, president of the Community Lifeline Center’s Board of Directors, said.

As we conclude what has been a very successful year, in 2016 we look to welcome back those who have been a part of the Community Lifeline family for some time and engage new supporters who wish to become involved in our campaign to address our community’s most urgent needs,” Marques said.

Karen Derr is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has over 17 years of social work experience in a variety of areas. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Community Lifeline Center and am looking forward to assisting those in need in McKinney and the surrounding areas,” says Derr. “I hope to help our clients either maintain a stable household or regain the firm footing needed to do so.”

“Karen is a seasoned social worker and we are fortunate to have her as part of the CLC staff,” said Bado. “Her energy and caring spirit will certainly be a positive addition.”

Community Lifeline Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County. For more information about Community Lifeline Center please visit www.communitylifeline.org

Brian Marques

Brian Marques

Karen Derr, LMSW

Karen Derr, LMSW

 

Press Contacts:

Sarah Switzer
Marketing/PR Intern
intern@communitylifeline.org
972-542-0020

 

Brian Marques

Executive Director
bmarques@communitylifeline.org
972-542-0020

CLC Announces Resignation of Executive Director Hockin-Boyd

MCKINNEY, Texas—July 27, 2015—Community Lifeline Center announces the resignation of its executive director, Christine Hockin-Boyd.

Current Chair of the Board, Angie Bado, will step in as the interim executive director, effective immediately.

Hockin-Boyd joined Community Lifeline Center in 2007. She is responsible for growing the organization to serve more than 12,000 McKinney and Northern Collin County residents in 2014.

“Christine’s passion for our mission of serving residents who are experiencing a life crisis was evident on a daily basis,” said Bado. She went on to add that Christine “has a huge heart for people and has made a difference for so many.” “She will be missed,” said Bado.

Bado joined CLC’s board of directors in 2008. She has served on numerous boards, including the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, the McKinney Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and Main Street McKinney. In 2005, Bado created TownSquareBuzz.com, a news website that provides in-depth coverage of McKinney news.

The board of directors will be forming a committee to begin the search process for a new executive director as soon as possible.

Contacts:

Sarah Switzer
Marketing/PR Intern
intern@communitylifeline.org
972-542-0020

Angie Bado
Interim Executive Director
abado@communitylifeline.org
972-542-0020

CoServ Utility Assistance Day

Thanks to the CoServ Operation Roundup program Community Lifeline Center is providing bill payment assistance for CoServ customers.

August 26
8:30 am – 2:30 pm


Community Lifeline Center
1601 N. Waddill St., Ste 102
McKinney, TX

Sponsored by 

CLC_Logo_SmallCoServ Logo

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.Eligibility: Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. In addition, families experiencing a 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 bill

Next steps:

  •     Call now to reserve your appointment time. Don’t delay and miss this opportunity.
  •     Be prepared to give the following information when calling:
    • Name as it appears on CoServ bill
    • Account number

For more information or to reserve your appointment time
call 972-542-0020

 

TXU Energy Utility Assistance Days

Thanks to the TXU Energy Aid program Community Lifeline Center is providing bill payment assistance for TXU Energy customers.

August 19 & September 23
8:30 am – 2:30 pm


Community Lifeline Center
1601 N. Waddill St., Ste 102
McKinney, TX

Sponsored by CLC TXU Logo

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.Eligibility: Low or fixed income residents may qualify for assistance. In addition, families experiencing a 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 TXU Energy bill

Next steps:

  •     Call now to reserve your appointment time. Don’t delay and miss this opportunity.
  •     Be prepared to give the following information when calling:
    • Name as it appears on TXU Energy bill
    • Account number

For more information or to reserve your appointment time
call 972-542-0020

 

A Beautiful Morning Surprise

Just imagine coming in the office and finding a precious thank you note such as this. That’s exactly what happened when Executive Director Christine Hockin-Boyd walked in one morning and found this note on her desk from the young woman that cleans the CLC offices each week.

Question: Is CLC making a difference? Response: Yes, even when we aren’t aware by those observing around us.

 
My Maid Service Thank You

 

 

Grab A Tissue And Meet Precious Diane

employeeDiane [not her real name] arrived in North Texas with high hopes and a boyfriend.  She was ready to work hard as a nurses’ aid to make a better life for herself and her children whom she left in the care of her mother until she was settled.  Soon, however, her world crashed.  She wound up with no family, no friends, and no resources.  She lived in her car or stayed in shelters for about eight months.  She was often hungry.  That’s when someone suggested she visit the Community Lifeline Center.

At CLC, Diane met with Delphia, the case manager.  The client told her story which, by this time, included the fact that her mother had called CPS, and her children were in foster care.  She left CLC with renewed hope, some groceries and supplies.  “Delphia and Sue are wonderful people,” Diane offered.  She believed then, and still does, that God had a plan for her.

Working hard and persevering, Diane now has an apartment and is preparing to get her children back.  “It’s a process,” she stated, but her faith and her determination keep her on the path.  Then in partnership with one of CLC’s church supporters, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church activated the “Hands & Feet Ministry” which graciously began working to help furnish her new apartment. Wonderful items were collected, delivered, and setup including:

  • A full family room set (sofa, easy chair, coffee table, end tables, entertainment center)
  • A dining set (table and four chairs)
  • Book shelves
  • A dresser
  • Bed-in-a-bag sets for each bed
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Welcome mat with the word “HOME” printed on it
  • Decorative items (flower arrangements, vases, faux fichus tree)
  • Pots and pans
  • A complete kitchen set (dishes, casserole dishes, serving bowls, etc.)
  • A vacuum cleaner

 

Diane mentioned to Delphia that she was sleeping in the apartment on an air mattress, and Delphia put her in touch with someone who could provide beds.  When they were delivered, the woman learned of Diane’s vocation.  She offered help with tuition and books so that Diane could get more training.  She thinks of this woman as her angel.  Like the CLC had done earlier, this opened doors of opportunity and restored Diane’s hope.

Diane recently lost her car, but she has a ride to work and continues to take double shifts whenever she can.  She said, “I love that peers around me want to see me progress.”   She wants her children to be with her and hopes they can join her very soon.  Meanwhile, she counts her blessings.  “God is so good, so awesome.  I thank God for helping me get through [2014].  CLC opened everything up for me.”

And through the wonderful partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Diane received even more blessings than she could have ever imagined. Hands & Feet Ministry Coordinator Dana Jean shared, “It is sincerely a pleasure to work with Diane.  She has received our gifts graciously, always thanking us again and again, and we get big hugs from her each time we see her.  We will keep her and her family on our Hands & Feet Ministry prayer list, and have asked our Daughters of the King chapter to pray daily for her as well.  We offer our heartfelt thanks to Community Lifeline Center, and especially Delphia, for inviting us to participate in helping to lift Diane up!”

As we say at CLC, “A community stands tallest when it kneels to lend a helping hand.”

 

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Dental Drive

St. Mark Missionary BaptistA conversation in March led to an on-going project for Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group to supply Community Lifeline Center with dental products for clients.  With an emphasis on children’s toothbrushes, parishioners brought donations of brushes, toothpaste, and floss; and in April Shawanna Jones made the first delivery.

Jessica Cofield, Preschool Director at Saint Mark Missionary Baptist, said research of different organizations in the area led them to CLC.   “We thought it would be a perfect fit for our youth.  It is in McKinney and in the same neighborhood as Saint Mark.  The Adopt-A-Shelf Program was a good option for us.  It is our first time participating so we wanted to start small but also make an impact,” Jessica wrote.  “This program allowed us to select an item that all ages could participate and understand the importance, regardless if they were in preschool –high school.”

The youth at Saint Mark are in charge of the donation area at the church where donations are accepted twice a month.  Meanwhile, the youth “share with the congregation information about Community Lifeline Center and the importance of the donations,” Jessica added.

Clients of CLC have brighter smiles and healthier teeth and gums these days.  Thank you, Jessica, Shawanna, and all the Saint Mark Youth.

Response to Texas Non Profits Article

Sometimes we hear the message that the acts of being generous makes the donor feel better.  How does that work, when there is often no way for the giver to see how his or her gift impacts the life or lives of others?

Studies have shown that what donors really want to see is hope. You see, this world can feel pretty hopeless at times. The media surrounding us are extremely negative.  Social media is always pouncing on someone’s mistakes… it can get pretty depressing.

“So to be able to provide a message of hope to a donor who has been supporting you is not only closing the loop on a donor’s gift, but it’s giving them a bit of fresh air.”

“But do we give our donors hope that something is actually changing? Are we really telling donors how their gifts are making a difference?
. . . [Agencies] don’t do this well enough. We’re so busy trying to ‘get the money’ that we fail to provide the donor with the ‘hope part’ – the reporting back aspect of how they really changed something” (Tom Ahern, “Texas Non Profits,” April 2015).

At The Community Lifeline Center, we try to communicate what good your gifts accomplish.  We share stories on line through emailed newsletters and Facebook posts, many with photos.  But these usually focus on the gifts and the givers and not on the recipients.

Please let us know how we can do a better job of showing you, the donors, what good your contributions accomplish.  How can we let you know just how much your gifts improve the lives of your neighbors?

Let’s Hear it for the Dads

Father's DayThere are 50.1 million fathers in the US, and about 29 million grandfathers. So, if you’re fortunate to have one, or both, in your life, June 21 is the day to say “thanks.” Because, while every one of us has a father, only the lucky ones have a Dad.

Of course, “Dad” means different things today.

There are over 2.6 million single Dads raising kids today.  And, like their single female heads of households, single Dads tend to be younger, less educated, and less affluent than married males. They, too have a lot on their plate, and deserve our support and encouragement.

And, there are around 2 million stay-at-home Dads in two-parent households. No more, being out of the home at work all day; now Dad feeds the family, sees the kids off to school, and basically runs the house. And, of course, there is the more traditional role Dads play in two parent households, where both parents work.

So, yes, the role Dads play is changing, but having them more involved is a good thing. Research shows that kids who have a Dad involved in their lives show an increase in curiosity and problem solving capacity. Highly involved fathers contribute increased mental dexterity in children, increased empathy, and less stereotypical gender role beliefs, and greater self control.

So, on Sunday, June 21 celebrate the fathers and grandfathers in your life. Click here to donate in their honor or their memory to Community Lifeline Center. Remember their strength, the strong shoulder they shared with you; the endless supply of patience and encouragement they gave you. And, on their special day, remember, with a smile, the words of essayist Quentin Crisp about Dads:

“My mother protected me from the world, and my father threatened me with it.”

Happy father’s day to all our Dads.