The Assistance Center of Collin County brings prompt short-term assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency. Its main goal is to stabilize Collin County families’ home economies to fight homelessness, hunger and poverty, as well as protect the entire community by serving those in need.
During the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assistance Center has been continuing to fulfill its promise to serve the people of Collin County. Many of the families that the Assistance Center helps already were low-to-moderate income and live paycheck-to-paycheck. Some of these people have lost their jobs or have reduced hours now, making it difficult to pay bills and afford food.
“We have been providing financial assistance to those who have lost income by paying rent and utility bills [for individuals in need], and we can schedule pick-up or delivery of food from our food pantry,” said Executive Director Colleen Campbell. Staff can also schedule delivery of food from other organizations that are helping with food and deliveries during the pandemic. The helpline calls have more than tripled in the past month, including calls from many who are calling for first-time assistance.
Colleen says she is thankful for the support the Assistance Center has received from the community. “We have had very kind people reaching out to us and donating to help those struggling in our community, and several have even donated their stimulus checks.”
How You Can Help:
The greatest need the Assistance Center has right now is additional funding so it can keep families and individuals in their homes through rent and utility assistance. You can give on its website.
If You Need Help:
Call the assistance line at 972–422–1850, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More information is available on its website.
Assistance Center of Collin County
900 East 18th Street
Plano TX 75054