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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.

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.  Read more  end here and hyperlink to website article

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 info@communitylifeline.org 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

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Goodness it has been cold and for many of us the snow and sleet will linger for a few more days. Schools throughout the area closed and the high never got above freezing all day.   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.

CoServ Logo                    TXU Energy Smaller - Color

 

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                       Wednesdays, February 25 and 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 CoServe or TxU bill

What to do:

  • 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 utility bill
    • Account number

Become A Lifeline Friend

10 Dollar Challenge

Christine Hockin-Boyd (Executive Director) and Delphia Adeogun (Case Manager)

Can you imagine if everyone gave $10 a month? What an amazing difference it would make. Be COMMUNITY! Become a Lifeline Friend by giving $10 a month. #LifelineFriend #MakeADifference

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.”

New Lifeline Market Donor

Claire Smith with the food she collected and donated to the Lifeline Market.

Claire Smith with the food she collected and donated to the Lifeline Market.

Claire Smith, who recently turned seven,  asked her friends to bring food items instead of presents to her party so she and her family could donate them to people in need. When asked why she decided to do this, Claire said “I enjoyed helping people who didn’t have enough food, and I hope they are happy now.” After her birthday party her father Chad Smith loaded the car with all of the collected food and dropped it off at Community Lifeline Center. Our thanks to Claire and her family for their generosity!