When the Samaritan Inn was founded in 1984, it was a 10-bed emergency shelter for men. Now it is a 160-bed comprehensive homeless program for men, women, and families, plus a 20-unit transitional housing program called Gateway Apartments.

The need for shelter continues to grow, and Samaritan Inn is expanding to meet that need. On June 22, they had a ground-breaking ceremony for The Samaritan Inn Village, a new homeless shelter for families located at 1514 N. McDonald Street in McKinney. The community joined Congressman Sam Johnson, Samaritan Inn board of directors, donors, volunteers, staff, and many local elected officials for the ground-breaking ceremony.

Phase 1 of the new shelter includes a 50-bedroom state-of-the-art residential facility for homeless families and a pavilion with cafeteria, intake offices, classroom, playroom, computer lab, library, and counseling offices on 15 acres of land. The Inn is currently undergoing a $6.5 million Capital Campaign.

Demands on this homeless shelter are significant. In 2014, The Samaritan Inn turned away more than 3,500 people seeking shelter because the existing facility was at capacity. Typically, 30 percent of the residents are children.

To find out how you can help or for more information on The Samaritan Inn, visit www.thesamaritaninn.org

Cindy Boykin

Cindy Boykin has been writing for Plano Profile since 1997, serving as managing editor since 2005. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a master’s in journalism from the University of North Texas,...