The Samaritan Inn is more than just a place to spend the night. It is a holistic program that teaches self-sufficiency and life skills.
To assist the needs of individuals and families before, during, and after a homeless situation, The Samaritan Inn provides interactive, in-house programs for its residents and graduates. Those with special needs are referred to additional programs and resources available within the community to help during their crisis.
About Samaritan Inn & Its History
The Samaritan Inn was established in 1984 after community leaders joined together to address the issue of homelessness in Collin County. Twenty five years later, The Samaritan Inn is still the largest homeless program in a county of over 762,000 residents.
All services and support are provided free of charge through funding made from donations by churches, service groups and organizations, corporations and individuals. The Samaritan Inn is also a member of the United Way of Collin County.
Homeless families and individuals are the focus at The Samaritan Inn. In 2010, the Inn served 789 residents; 187 of them were children.
We are a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people regain their dignity and independence.
To help people regain their independence.
Over 72% of the residents graduated from our program; which means they had an income and housing when they left The Samaritan Inn last year.
The organizational leadership at The Samaritan Inn consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, several committees that focus on specific areas of operation and a staff of thirty-five full and part-time employees. A large pool of volunteers also provides critical support.
Samaritan Inn’s Program
The Samaritan Inn provides, at no cost, a secure and clean place to live. Our building has separate living areas for men, women, and families. We also have a playroom and a fully equipped playground.
We serve three well-balanced meals daily and provide personal hygiene products. If necessary, clothing, coats and shoes are also available. Within this nurturing environment, experienced caseworkers assess each resident and his/her needs to develop an individual program plan with a goal of independence.
Referrals are made for support programs such as legal and financial counseling and mental and physical health services. We offer classes in a variety of life skills such as parenting, budgeting, job training. Individual program plans are reviewed regularly to ensure that all the necessary steps are being taken to reach independence in the future.
Residents who “graduate” from The Samaritan Inn receive all the necessary items to set up their own households- from furniture and bedding to lamps, linens and cleaning supplies. Ongoing support is also provided, for as long as necessary, to ensure long-term, permanent independence.