Assistance Center of Collin County Executive Director Tanya Sastoque presented a check Thursday to Legacy Bank of Texas President Phil Dyer. But it wasn’t just any check…the very important check was the result of much hard work and a recent aggressive fundraising campaign that allowed the Center to retire the $100,000 mortgage on the Center’s facility in East Plano.
Assistance Center of Collin County founder Senator Florence Shapiro led the recent fundraising efforts that led to the monumental payoff event.
“Organizational budgets are not so different from family budgets,” said Senator Shapiro. “By retiring the building mortgage through this debt elimination campaign, donors have enabled the Assistance Center to save thousands of dollars in interest that will in turn go to assist our neighbors in need.”
For every donation of $5,000 or more, individual or corporate donors have been recognized as an “Angel of Hope” on the center’s newly-created wall mural in the facility’s welcome center. The Center recently dedicated the custom-designed welcome center in honor of Shapiro.
The Center is seeking to remind area citizens about its presence in the community, and is also asking for financial assistance so that it can continue to provide much-needed services to those in financial crisis.
The Assistance Center has seen the struggling economy effect many in the area, creating need and poverty where there formerly was none. The Center itself has dealt with financial difficulties and challenges again and again. Thanks to devoted volunteers, a dedicated board of directors, and tireless staff, the Center has overcome a variety of challenges and is dedicated to continuing to provide services to those in need in the community.
“People don’t think that poverty and need are here in Plano, but they are. Yes, there are a lot of corporations and a lot of wealth, but there are a lot of problems, too,” said Assistance Center of Collin County Executive Director Tonya Sastoque. “As a non-profit, we have struggled financially. If you look at the black and white facts on paper, this center should not be here. But we have overcome so many challenges, and we are here to help people. We seek awareness. We seek support. We want people to know where to come for help.”
The Assistance Center of Collin County, located at 900 E. 18th Street in Plano, brings carefully-qualified and prompt short-term assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency. Residents of Collin County facing a financial crisis or an emergency situation can contact the Center to obtain information, guidance, direction and references to appropriate human service resources. Anyone may obtain help by calling the Center’s hotline at 972-422-1850or visiting the Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 972-422-1125 or visit www.assistancecenter.org.