Saturday , 3 December 2016

Assistance Center of Collin County Launches Online Directory

assistance center of collin countyThe Assistance Center of Collin County announced today that the non-profit has launched an online version of Collin County Cares, a comprehensive directory of services for those in need or in crisis in Collin County, featuring information about virtually all human services and aid agencies in the county.

The free, online tool is available at www.collincares.org.

The Collin County Cares tool includes listings for human services agencies, government services, housing authorities, medical facilities,
police departments, school districts, support groups and much more. Each listing contains contact information, hours of operation, names of the organization’s leadership, services offered and more.

The information contained in the resource was previously only available
in printed booklet format which was updated every two years. The new,
online tool is easily accessible 24 hours a day. Featured agencies can
update their information at any time, and agencies seeking to have their
services listed can apply for inclusion and, upon acceptance, update
information quickly and easily.

“The Assistance Center of Collin County is known for coordinating
financial and material assistance for those in need in our community,”
said Assistance Center of Collin County executive director Tanya
Sastoque. “By making this tool available online to anyone, we are able
to get this valuable information into the hands of the many in our
community who need aid. Individuals can use the tool to search directly
for things they need, or if those in crisis are seeking aid through a
shelter, church, agency or other service organization, those groups can
access the online tool to easily and quickly provide relevant
information customized to the unique situation of those they are serving.”

The new, online version of Collin County Cares was made possible by a
$30,000 financial sponsorship from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Plano.

“Texas Health Plano recognizes that identifying significant health needs
in our community is an important step in implementing our mission,” said
Mike Evans, R.N., M.S.N., president of Texas Health Plano. “Through
collaboration with the Assistance Center of Collin County, we are able
to support our community by providing individuals access to useful
social services that will, in turn, improve the health of people in the
communities we serve.”

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 financial
assistance, information, guidance, direction and references to
appropriate human service resources. Anyone may obtain help by calling
the Center’s hotline at 972-422-1850 or visiting the Center from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer,
call 972-422-1125 or visit www.assistancecenter.org.

Story submitted by Amy Sandling Crawford

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