A grant from the Texas Veterans Commission is bringing a large number of veterans to Community Lifeline Center in McKinney. Veterans are trained to be self-reliant and self-sufficient, so the simple act of asking for help can be a major obstacle. But, for one, it was the only option he had left.
Visibly upset and anxious, he told his story. He learned that his four nieces and nephews, aged three to 13, were going to be left without parents, and they were in need of a home. Tearfully he said he couldn’t bear to see them go into the system where they would not only be placed in foster homes, but likely separated. He and his wife, without hesitation, picked them up and brought them home. But, while they had arranged their finances for retirement, they hadn’t anticipated becoming the guardians of a whole new family. Shopping for food, pull-ups, school supplies, clothing, and all of the necessities for growing children was more than they could handle. So, after 20 years of working for the same company, he was now searching for a part time job to supplement the family income.
And, then he learned about Community Lifeline Center, where after a formal assessment of needs was completed, help began to arrive. Community Lifeline Center was able to assist with rent, utilities, school supplies, and shoes for all the children. Information about job resources, access to Job Seeking Classes conducted at Community Lifeline Center, and contacts at Texas Workforce were also provided. This family decided together to do what it takes to make sure these children stayed together and found a stable home.
All of this was made possible through the support of the Texas Veterans Commission program, and Community Lifeline Center staff and capabilities. Even Veterans deeply committed to self-sufficiency and duty occasionally need our support. That’s why Community Lifeline Center is there: because even the strongest of us needs a shoulder from time to time.
For more information about Community Lifeline Center, or if you know of a Veteran or a Veteran’s dependent or survivor in need of help, please visit www.communitylifeline.org, or call 972.542.0020.