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Groups, such as Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, make generous donations of rice for the FFS community market.

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Helping 'Homes' For Homeless

Community Causes And Teams Who Help Others In Transition

Commitment leads to action is the motto of Frisco Family Services at 9125 Dogwood St., Suite 100. Unwavering dedication led this group to launch services 28 years ago to serve neighbors in crisis by addressing essential needs.

"We demonstrate care and support while helping families maintain their dignity, as they navigate through difficult life situations. Through emergency financial assistance, food distribution through Frisco's only community food market, seasonal programs and adult life skills classes, we help those facing tough choices between keeping food on their table, keeping utilities connected or staying in their homes," says FFS Executive Director Nicole Bursey.

Financial donations are one way to assist with FFS efforts.

Volunteering opportunities for those 16 years and older, as well as corporate groups, include:

  • Frisco Resale -- unloading, sorting and organizing clothing, furniture and household goods for sales floor.
  • Food Pantry -- picking up, unloading and sorting food donations, stocking shelves and assisting clients at community food pantry.
  • Agency Office -- providing staff and client support.
  • Seasonal Programs -- assist with set-up and execution of client programs.
  • Fundraising -- annual gala and golf tournament.
  • Corporate/Group Team Building -- seasonal events, summer lunch program or conducting on-location donation drives.
  • CHAMPS Workshops -- facilitate workshops that provide clients with education, tools and training necessary for self-sufficiency and success.

Additionally, the FFS FeedFrisco initiative encourages collecting food, supplies and funds necessary to keep the FFS Market stocked. By selecting FFS as a charitable recipient when shopping AmazonSmile, Kroger and Tom Thumb, people can give every time they shop. FFS also has the Adopt-A-Shelf program that confirms one's commitment to keep a certain item stocked at the pantry.

Another organization, The Samaritan Inn, helps people gain dignity and independence through comprehensive programs. The Samaritan Inn staff claims the nonprofit is the largest and leading homeless program in Collin County, and is the only entity that houses men.

They offer several ways to help, including fulfilling needs lists or Amazon wish lists; financial donations; matching gift programs; giving to 3Squares Healthy Meal Program; or Sponor-A-Child to give resident children food, shelter, safety and a chance to learn and have fun.

Current company sponsors include SRS Raise The Roof Foundation, Brandon Tomes Subaru, Hutchins Barbecue, Larry and Pam Little, Oncor, Atmos Energy, Emerson and Advantage Storage.

Inn Style, the group's resale store, is located in McKinney at 103 East University Drive. Shoppers can find clothing, furniture, small electronics, art and household items, with 100% of store sales going to the Samaritan Inn operating budget. Donations are their life-blood for resale. Furniture pickups are made in Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Anna, Farmersville, Melissa, Plano and Princeton.

  • Frisco Resale / Photo courtesy of Frisco Family Services
  • Groups, such as Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, make generous donations of rice for the FFS community market.
  • For Homeless Awareness Week, Inn volunteers and staffers collected donations at TomThumb on Stonebridge and Virginia Parkway.
  • Brandon Tomes Subaru presented The Samaritan Inn with a check for $12,000 to pay for the construction of a new bicycle shelter for The Inn's residents.
  • Photo courtesy of Frisco Family Services