Submitted by Kristin Mycke
Shiloh Place celebrates its open house and ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, May 30 Shiloh Place is a non-profit, Christ-centered housing ministry providing hope and stability to single mothers through a supportive and structured program.
After three years of praying and planning and 18 months of renovation work…Shiloh Place in McKinney has opened its doors to five previously homeless families. In December 2011, Shiloh Place purchased an apartment complex just west of the square in downtown McKinney. The property was built n the 1920s and was in need of massive renovations and repair. With help from several Allen firemen, plus many church and community volunteers, the 1-bedroom units are completely remodeled and beautifully decorated.
The purpose of Shiloh Place is to provide women and their children a safe and stable environment to live while they acquire the life and work skills to become productive, self-sustaining, selfrespecting moms. A steady, livable income will assist these mothers to become self-sufficient and not rely on government support. This eases the economic burden on the local community.
While living at Shiloh, a single mother and her children receive subsidized housing; individual case management with high accountability; vocational and life skills training and basic needs assistance.
Kristin Mycke, the Executive Director at Shiloh shares that they currently receive 20-30 calls a month from women looking for a safe place to tuck their children in at night. “We know the need in Collin County is great and hope to partner with local individuals, businesses and churches to expand our services.”
The focus on training is what makes Shiloh such a unique program. “We desire to walk alongside a single mother family for up to two years so she has the opportunity to get trained in a field that will lead towards sustainable employment…an income that will provide for her family and break the cycle of poverty and despair.”
Shiloh Place currently has five families residing in the program and hopes to expand services next year. The program relies fully on private donations. Donations can be made online at www.shilohplacemckinney.org