Dear friends of City House,
Because of you, this month will mark 30 years of caring for the most precious citizens in North Texas: children, older youth, and young adults who have suffered from abuse, neglect, and homelessness.
It’s never been an easy topic, and still isn’t. It’s one that very few were willing to acknowledge until two Plano ISD educators fought to open the doors of Collin County’s first and only shelter offering a safe place of refuge for homeless students on December 11, 1988.
Today, City House remains the only mission in Collin County providing shelter, free counseling, and programs and services for ages newborn to 21 years. Our emergency children’s shelter (known as My Friend’s House) will have its tenth anniversary in 2019, and specializes in taking in large sibling groups that have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS). This means that we can provide these children with the best possible shot of staying together during their future placement process. You can imagine how heart-wrenching it is to witness siblings being forced to separate when destined for the foster care system.
In addition to the shelter, we operate three transitional living homes for struggling young adults 18-21 years old, and have an expansive youth resource center and street outreach program that provide the gold standard in preemptive services and intervention to help older youth and young adults in immediate crisis. Here they can also obtain extended case management, or transition into one of our young adult homes.
Since moving this past August into the larger resource center, we have had a 25% increase of at-risk young people seeking our help. This means more GEDs awarded and junior college acceptances, more necessary life skills taught, and more employment opportunities for those ready to work. These are all struggling young people previously destined for crime, chronic homelessness, or falling victim to sex traffickers, who are now becoming contributing members of our community.
In 2019, we will come full circle, as plans are underway to further address the residential transitional living program specifically for 15-17-year-olds. This is one of the most vulnerable populations that need longer-term care and services than we can provide at our emergency shelter.
More than anything, we implore you to take a few minutes out of your busy day to watch our video. It so clearly depicts the history, the faces, the smiles, the joy, and the futures that your support has impacted throughout the years. Whether through monetary gifts, sponsorships, table or seat purchases at events, volunteering, donating products or services to offset our operation costs, or simply following us on Facebook, you are a part of our clients’ journey.
Youth Resource & Outreach Center!
We kicked off National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week on November 10th with our second annual Day of Dignity Event. Thank you to all our generous friends who brought donations and toured our new exciting facility!
Thank you 2018 Gala Guests & Sponsors for Your Generosity!
Use this link to view & download gala images.