Allen West joining Chris Hill at Omni Frisco at The Star for reception, announcement on Oct. 26

Friends of Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill are hosting a fund-raising reception for
Chris Hill. The featured special guest for the afternoon will be former U.S. Congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West.

Lt. Col. Allen West

Allen West has spent his life in the service of America, serving most notably as a US Army lieutenant colonel and a Republican member of the US House of Representatives.

During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.

In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

West serves as a Fox News Contributor, and is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.

Allen West and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and live in North Texas.

Friends of Chris Hill will have a VIP Guided Tour of The Star at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 with Allen West.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a Special VIP Reception with Allen West.
The general reception will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

Register for the Chris Hill reception

The new Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star is situated at 11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, Texas 75034.

The Hill Family of McKinney TX

Chris Hill is a sixth-generation native Texan, and a fourth-generation resident of Collin County.

In the early 1900s, his great-great-grandfather was a Collin County farmer in the same precinct Hill represents as county commissioner. Hill has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, for 20 years. Today, they live in McKinney with their three children.

Before his election as county commissioner, Hill served as an Executive Pastor, and worked as a corporate accountant and controller in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

As the first in his family to graduate from college, Hill earned a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a Master of Pastoral Leadership degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University, and a Master of Accounting and Information Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Hill family attends and volunteers regularly at Christ Fellowship church in McKinney. He is a member of the Rotary Club of McKinney, the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, the Texas Home School Coalition, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He serves on the board of directors for The Samaritan Inn and Minuteman Disaster Response. Hill is an Eagle Scout and a member of MENSA.

In both of his campaigns for county commissioner (2012 and 2016), Chris Hill pledged that he would pursue limited government, low taxes, and excellence in every aspect of county government. In his first four years as commissioner, Collin County reduced the property tax rate four consecutive times. Today, Collin County has the No. 1 lowest county property tax rate of all 254 Texas counties and is a leader in the state of Texas in economic opportunity and county government efficiency.

Pol. adv. paid for by the Chris Hill Campaign

This page sponsored by Lincoln Society of Collin County




Capital One hosts ‘HR Empowers’ event for Samaritan Inn, Per Scholas, YWCA and Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center

Capital One hosted an HR Empowers event to help members of local non-profit organizations prepare for their job search by helping them build their resumes, conducting mock interviews and providing professional headshots.
Capital One hosted an HR Empowers event to help members of local non-profit organizations prepare for their job search by helping them build their resumes, conducting mock interviews and providing professional headshots.

Capital One Financial Services’ human resources (HR) department recently hosted an “HR Empowers” event for individuals served by various local non-profit organizations including Samaritan Inn, Per Scholas, YWCA and Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The event provided participants with tools and resources to aid in job searches such as resume building, one-on-one resume reviews and mock interviews.

Capital One’s Future Edge initiative is committed to helping people develop skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Capital One’s Future Edge initiative is committed to helping people develop skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Capital One gave attendees the opportunity to take professional headshots to help boost their online portfolios. At the end of the event, Capital One surprised the group with Kindles.

Capital One Financial Services management and HR teams assisted attendees throughout the event, shedding insight into the qualifications and qualities Capital One looks for when hiring their employees.

Capital One Financial Services’ human resources (HR) department recently hosted an “HR Empowers” event for individuals served by various local non-profit organizations including Samaritan Inn, Per Scholas, YWCA and Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Capital One Financial Services’ human resources (HR) department recently hosted an “HR Empowers” event for individuals served by various local non-profit organizations including Samaritan Inn, Per Scholas, YWCA and Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Capital One’s Future Edge initiative is committed to helping people develop skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow and allows the company to interact with the community in a wide range of workforce development programs and activities.

Frisco ISD students putting others first


Frisco ISD: The weather outside may get frightful at times, but in Frisco ISD, the warm hearts of volunteers help keep winter’s chill away for students in need.

Supporters of the annual Small World Angel Program work hard to ensure that more than 1,200 angels will receive much-needed items ranging from socks to jackets, as well as perhaps a toy or bike, this year.

The District meets the needs of these angels by working with long-time partner, With Love It’s a Small World, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income students throughout the year and supporting students with college scholarships. The Angel Program targets students below the age of 15.

During the fall, campus counselors and FISD staff work to identify qualified families for the Angel Program. Proof of income and information about the family’s needs are verified. Then lists of angels and their needs and wishes are sent to campuses so that students and teachers may adopt an angel. Faithful volunteers commit two and a half weeks in December to sort and organize the items at the distribution center. They say they come back year after year because they love the program and they love the angels.

“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers and the counselors,” said Randi Baker, event specialist for Frisco ISD and the District’s liaison with Small World.

School counselors identify students in need, but they also educate about compassion and empathy, as well as the importance of generosity and giving back to the community.

One of those counselors, Tiffany Ragland of Purefoy Elementary, directed enthusiastic fifth grade volunteers as they helped load class donations for more than 50 angels onto a truck on a recent cold, windy morning. She gathered them together after they had loaded bags and bikes on the truck to thank them for their help, but also to tell them she expects them to continue to support helping others when they are at Griffin Middle School next year.

“Don’t forget about this,” she told them.

A miniature “North Pole” is set up within an FISD facility each year where the volunteers gather to “check their lists twice” and make sure each angel receives some of the items on their list – if not all. Small World volunteers stock the center with beverages and snacks to keep the volunteers going and the entire process is completed in a matter of weeks. Longtime partner Southwest Freight Trucking Company donates the trucks and drivers for two days to pick up donations from the campuses. The company also provides seven empty trailers for three weeks for bike storage. The final part of the process involves distribution. Parents are invited to come to the facility to pick up their family’s items on specific days. This year’s pick-up dates are Dec. 16 and 17.

The Angel Program is truly a community and District effort, Baker said, noting that no one group makes the program happen – it takes many contacts and an army of FISD staff, students, parents and volunteers to reach students who may not have basic clothing needs met or who may need a bike to get to school on time.

“Clothe-A-Child is donating $6,550 worth of Kohl’s cash to Small World for us to spend on angel gifts this year,” Baker said. “They did this last year as well and it is a tremendous help in that we can buy the items that we never get enough of, especially for our teenagers. It will also allow us to buy items for students who are older than the cutoff age of 15 but are classified as homeless. We don’t adopt these students out to sponsors but will take care of them with extra donations.”

Small World also has a relationship with several other businesses and organizations that put up a tree to collect donations, Baker said. Those partners include:

  • YMCA (Plano and Frisco locations)
  • Stonebriar Country Club Ladies Golf Club
  • RBC Dain Rauscher
  • Fidelity Investment Services
  • North Central Ford

In addition to the annual Angel Program, individual campuses, classes and campus organizations practice generosity and benevolence for a wide variety of causes. Giving at FISD is a year-round event, but the holidays seem to inspire many great ideas. Just a few include:

Third and fifth grade students at Sparks Elementary recently donated blankets to Prairie Estates, a senior living facility. It was part of the school’s character education curriculum which focuses on being a superhero. Every superhero understands service to others.

Sonntag Elementary students conducted a toy drive entitled Luke’s Toys for Joy. The students collected toys at the instigation of their classmate, who has been in treatment at Scottish Rite for Children since he was a baby. He wanted to give back to the hospital that has done so much for him and invited his school to join him. A huge collection of toys filled the Sonntag stage at the end of the toy drive.

At Liberty High School, students inspired by a classroom lesson on giving brought in more than $1,700 worth of gift cards to assist with the Angel Program and more than $2,000 to provide 40 “welcome totes” for new residents at The Samaritan Inn in McKinney. Students also donated pillows, blankets, sheets and toiletry items to complete another 27 totes.

Riddle Elementary decided to raise funds and donate bikes for the Angel Program this year, instead of adopting specific angels. The school-wide program collected more than 50 bikes and helmets.

Giving on a big scale can be a difficult concept for young students. Lauren Harvey, kindergarten teacher at Riddle, incorporated the concept into her curriculum with great results.

“During our Monday morning OLWEUS class meeting, we read Duck On a Bike by David Shannon, making lots of great text-to-self connections,” Harvey explained. “After we completed the story, we talked about some children in our community who may not have a bike now and may never, ever have the opportunity to have or ride a bike. We brainstormed ideas of how we could help, as Mrs. Harvey’s Lovebugs are always helpers. We decided to ask for ‘Bucks for Bikes,’ telling the students they may simply bring in one dollar or coins to help fund a bike that we could donate as a class.”

Harvey’s class put their donations in a donation jar so they could see their results and collected enough money to purchase two bikes.

“I think it helped break-down this huge (yet very important!) idea/project for my kindergarteners, giving them some understanding and a way to actively participate and feel good about doing so,” Harvey wrote.

All this giving will continue even after the holidays. Throughout FISD, someone is always recycling, holding a change or food drive, donating coats and shoes, all in an effort to give back to the community and the world.

It is the hope of FISD faculty and staff that each person involved in the Angel Program will learn a lesson of compassion and giving that lasts a lifetime. – Frisco ISD


Capital One hosting Career Exploration Day

On Thursday, Capital One will be offering Career Exploration Day for students from the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation Program, Samaritan Inn and Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County.

Executives and other associates from Capital One Financial Services and Capital One Bank in Collin County will discuss their business experiences and personal, educational and work backgrounds with students served by the three local nonprofits.

Capital One execs say the event is being offered because they believe that education is the most important determinant of future success. Through an approach called “Investing for Good,” Capital One is committed to delivering core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate a lasting, local community impact and valuable business results.

Volunteer service projects like this one demonstrate Capital One’s long-standing commitment to education and small business and workforce development.

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Conference Center Building in the Capital One People Center, 8036 Dominion Parkway in Plano. More than 3,000 Capital One associates work in the People Center. Capital One Bank operates 10 branches in Collin County.

Notable: The Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, reaches out to disadvantaged students who have overcome significant adversity and who need financial and moral support to successfully obtain a college education.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

The Samarian Inn offers a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence.

Samaritan Inn update

The Samaritan Inn
1710 N. McDonald St.           McKinney, TX 75071
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There are 159 people living at The Samaritan Inn, 
60 are children. 
*Weekly Statistics

Intakes:  2                   Graduates:  3       
Exits:  2                             Referred due to lack of space:  67 –  28 singles, 14 families (14 adults, 25 children)
*Intakes refers to the people who have recently moved into the Inn.

*Graduates are people who have completed our program and found afull-time job and a place of their own to live.
*Exits are those who have been asked to leave due to rule violations.

*Referrals are usually to other agencies.   

We are so honored that the following businesses will be supporting The Samaritan Inn at their holiday parties this year:

December1 – Collin County Black Chamber Gala, The Colony
4 – Home Builders of Greater Dallas, Richardson
6 – Allegiance Title, McKinney
7 – Collin County Assoc. of Realtors, Plano

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  thank you from Jill 
A Few Thank You’s:

The Collin County Realtors Association had a live auction at their last meeting and sold a dinner for ten cooked by the Plano Fire Department to the highest bidder. The proceeds from this “fire sale” went to the Inn. Thank you all so much for remembering us!

A huge thanks to the donor who brought us 200 sheets over the weekend!!!!!!!

Thanks to the parishioners from St. Elizabeth Seton’s in Plano who decorated the shelter from top to bottom for Christmas. The children are absolutely delighted!  

The staff of The Samaritan Inn got a lovely letter last week from a former resident. It was a long and thankful letter that made us all proud to be a part of this incredible mission. This single mother of three wrote, “As this Thanksgiving approaches, I remember last Thanksgiving when my children and I lived at the Inn. A complete dinner was prepared and served with love…. The staff makes you know you are not alone…. They treat you like a person, with respect. This year I am working and in my own home, but I am still thankful for last Thanksgiving.”

You want to hear some incredible news? Two weeks ago we started our new newsletter feature, Career Corner. Every week we profile a Samaritan Inn resident who is looking for work in hopes of connecting them with someone in the community. Well, right out of the shoot one of our wonderful supporters called and our resident got the job with a great salary and benefits! There was one problem; the job was located in downtown Dallas and our resident needed some major car repairs.  Once again, our Good Samaritan in the community came through and offered to let him ride with him until the car is ready. When we thanked him, he said, “No problem, now I can ride in the HOV lane.”  Never forget, people are good.

Paul recently moved back to Dallas and is looking for employment while living at the Inn.  He has 15 years of accounting experience and is well versed in all of the relevant computer technologies including Microsoft Office, as well as Peach Tree and Financial Management Systems. If you know of someone who might have a position that fits Paul’s qualifications, please email Denise

Story Of The Week Dee is 33 years old and has five children from ages five weeks to 15 years old. She was referred to The Samaritan Inn after leaving her husband who had physically assaulted the two oldest children. CPS (Children’s Protective Services) made the referral to the Inn and gave Dee strict requirements that she would need to meet in order to keep her children.

Dee has complied with all of these requirements; parenting classes, family counseling, and domestic violence counseling, as well as the mandatory requirements of The Samaritan Inn. Dee also holds a full-time job as an accounts payable clerk. She has been employed at her company for three years and hopes to be promoted soon. As if all of this and five children were not enough, the three youngest children have had a variety of illnesses and have spent a good deal of time at Children’s Hospital. Dee manages all of the components of her life with determination and a positive attitude and is committed to being in her own home, with her children, early in the new year. 


Lynne Sipiora

Lynne Sipiora
The Samaritan Inn
“Collin County’s largest homeless program”
972.632.1290, ext. 229

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