By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor
The first week of school saw 11 different buses line up on North McDonald Street at the Samaritan Inn, which serves the homeless in Collin County.
Lynne Sipiora, executive director of The Samaritan Inn, said that school districts such as Plano ISD and Frisco ISD are required to provide a way for students to get to and from their home school when a family is homeless.
She said kids at the Inn this week represent every grade from kindergarten through seniors in high school.
“We are very, very thankful for your support and for the support of everyone in the community,” said Sipiora, adding that the beginning of the school year can be difficult for families and an especially stressful time for a family without a home.
Sipiora, speaking to the Rotary Club of McKinney at Rick’s Chophouse on Friday, said that hundreds of men, women and children find themselves at The Samaritan Inn.
“Because of supporters like all of you in your club and other wonderful people, every kid who got on the bus had a new pair of shoes, a new outfit, a new backpack and all the school supplies that they needed,” Sipiora said.
Rick Wells of Rick’s Chophouse serves as president of The Samaritan Inn board of directors.
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WAYS TO HELP
Volunteers can donate their time to The Samaritan Inn. Donations of food and other items also make a significant contribution.
Clothing helps restore dignity to the way people feel about themselves and helps to set them on a path toward self-reliance. Clean and new or gently used clothing is welcomed during the season in which it can be used.
Household goods and furniture help families stretch their dollars while trying to settle into a newly acquired home. Furniture should be in usable condition as the Inn is not able to repair or reupholster items.
Donations can be taken to The Friends of The Inn Thrift Store at 103 East University Drive in McKinney from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Tuesday through Saturday.
She will be featured speaker at the 2 p.m. Sept. 15 meeting of the Weight Watchers McKinney and the 1 p.m. Sept. 21 meeting of the Edelweiss Club in McKinney.
Donations can also be made online: http://www.thesamaritaninn.org
The Rotary Club of McKinney is raising money over the next week for a wheelchair drive. Contact Mark Yablon at 972-562-3279. … Guests from Japan attended Friday’s meeting as part of the Japan – America Grassroots Summit 2012. Local families are hosting the visitors. Tracy Rath is leading the program in McKinney. The goal of the summit is to foster friendship between Japanese and Americans. … Collin College is accepting new members for the Rotaract club this fall.