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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Good morning McKinney!

Today I want to tell you about a McKinney-based non-profit agency called Community Lifeline Center (CLC). Although it was founded in 1989 by a group of area churches who decided to pool their resources to help those in need, this born-and-raised McKinneyite didn’t know much about CLC until I sat down with Executive Director Melanie Perkins and President of the Board Angie Bado to learn more.

“People find themselves in a crisis situation and often just need a little help to get over the hump,” Angie Bado began. “Think about the significant impact sickness or weather can have on a paycheck. A tile layer for a pool company doesn’t get paid during a rainy season. Nor does a waitress if she has to stay home for a week with kids who have the flu.” Community Lifeline Center steps in to help the “working poor” during challenging times like these.

The Community Lifeline Center food pantry assistance is based on income and family size. In addition to food, they provide hygiene products and other items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Melanie Perkins explained not one person who comes to CLC seeking help ever leaves empty-handed, and everyone is permitted to take advantage of the Community Lifeline Center’s extensive referral network. “Even if a family doesn’t meet our specific criteria, we pack them up a bag of food and give them a list of other agencies that can assist them. We become the Lifeline.”

CLC families are also provided financial assistance to help with rent, utilities, car repairs, medical and dental bills, and even prescriptions. A lack of resources to pay these kinds of bills is what typically leads to a crisis. By providing a Case Manager – who meets weekly with CLC clients – every family is given a program to assist them in becoming self-sufficient again. Families who work with CLC are a mere step away from being homeless. For this reason, Bado and Perkins both consider the Community Lifeline Center to be a homeless prevention agency.

Below are some pictures of Brian and me at Community Lifeline Center’s Party in the Parking Lot fundraiser in October.

Brian and me with Executive Director Melanie Perkins

with Jamie St. Claire of Empty Bowls

The Community Lifeline Center is coming up on their 30th year serving the McKinney community and will soon be fundraising for their $30K for 30 Campaign. As CLC relies almost completely on word of mouth for marketing, please spread the word about this McKinney non-profit agency. Find them on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, as well as on their website, and stay tuned for more information about the $30K for 30 Campaign. As you contemplate your year-end philanthropic giving, please remember CLC provides a lifeline for people in need in our community.

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