Our Mission is to guide individuals and families back to self-sufficiency.

why do we do this


For most of us, life is a fairly even flow of obligations, punctuated by the occasional unexpected event. But for some – and it could easily be someone we know – the unexpected becomes overwhelming. Illness, separation, job loss, family crisis: these are events that make getting from point A to point B impossible without assistance.

That’s where Community Lifeline Center steps in: assisting local residents manage crises and navigate their way back to self-sufficiency. This assistance ranges from financial help—rent, utilities, food, medical or prescription assistance—to job search training, credit and budget counseling, and advocacy. Community Lifeline Center also promotes special projects throughout the year such as collecting and distributing holiday meals.

Community Lifeline Center exists because a community stands tallest when it kneels to offer a helping hand.

We provide emergency assistance. Our focus is to help clients and families become self-supporting again as quickly as possible.


Community Lifeline Center was born as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989 when a group of churches determined it was best to work together in supporting and meeting the needs of people in need. We’ve evolved and grown over the years but our original purpose remains unchanged:  to be the premiere place for providing assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County.

Funding is mainly provided by individual and business donations, and by local churches.  Additional support is at times provided by TXU Energy, CoServ Charitable Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), City of McKinney Community Development Block Grant & Community Support, churches, and local businesses.

Agency History



Today, CLC prides itself in being North Collin County’s premier agency for crisis assistance as well as information and referral services, and continues to be supported by an extensive network of multi-denominational congregations and community-oriented groups.


New Services

Added Lifeline Market client-choice food pantry in 2013.


New Services

It has continued to evolve and grow over the years, adding its LifeSteps education program in 2010.


Name Change

1995 its name changed to Community Lifeline Center (CLC)



After its first year of operation, the service delivery area was expanded beyond McKinney. It now includes the cities of Altoga, Anna, Blue Ridge, Celina, Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Melissa, Nevada, New Hope, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston – the entire northern portion of Collin County. In 1990 the Center began offering emergency financial aid



The Center began operations as McKinney United Way Service Center in 1989 when community leaders and local congregations recognized a need and decided that it would be better to work together to address the economic challenges being faced by local citizens. With funds and support from the Collin County United Way and area congregations, the Center was established to provide information and referral services to the residents of McKinney.


We serve individuals and families
who reside in the cities of:

  • Altoga
  • Anna
  • Blue Ridge
  • Celina
  • Copeville
  • Farmersville
  • Josephine
  • Lavon
  • Lowery Crossing
  • McKinney
  • Melissa
  • Nevada
  • New Hope
  • Princeton
  • Prosper
  • Westminster
  • Weston


Dr. Liz Strand Cimini
Dr. Liz Strand CiminiBoard Chair
Shan Luton
Shan Luton VP
Harold M McLeod, III
Harold M McLeod, IIITreasurer
Lisa Hermes
Lisa HermesSecretary
Larel Bender
Larel Bender
Justin Chatigny
Justin Chatigny
Brandon Herbison
Brandon Herbison
Kelly Wood
Kelly Wood
Rob Sedlak
Rob Sedlak

Community Lifeline Center continually searches for opportunities to increase the size and diversity of its board. If you are interested in serving complete and return the CLC Board Member Application.


Scott Elliott
Scott ElliottExecutive Director
Larel Bender
Larel BenderInterim Case Manager
Irma Daza
Irma DazaClient Intake Specialist
Kaylah Tullos
Kaylah TullosSocial Worker
Tityana Jones
Tityana JonesSocial Worker Intern

Help us today and give back to our community!