Lynne Sipiora, Executive Director of The Samaritan Inn in McKinney, announced recently her intention to retire from her position with the homeless shelter effective at the end of the current year. The latest edition of The Samaritan Inn's weekly newsletter – from Tuesday, June 2 – includes a letter from Sipiora to the supporters of The Samaritan Inn.

The letter reads:

Dear Wonderful Friends of The Samaritan Inn,

Lynne Sipiora photo

Last week, I informed our Board of Directors of my intention to retire at the end of this year. It was a very difficult and emotional decision to make, but it was, I believe, the right one. I started at The Samaritan Inn 10 years ago. In fact, my first week on the job was the week the Katrina evacuees arrived in North Texas.

During this time, I have seen the need for our services significantly increase, and I am proud to say we have consistently met them. We opened a thrift store as a revenue producer and a source of clothing and household goods for our residents and community members in need. We added 40 beds to our shelter and moved our administrative offices to a separate building. We built the first transitional living program in North Texas – the Gateway Apartments. Now we are preparing to break ground on a state-of-the-art family shelter.

The Samaritan Inn has made a difference in thousands of people's lives, and I am honored to have played a small part in it. There is much work to do before I leave, and I am committed to getting it done, as always, with your support.

What a blessing I have received by knowing the people we have served and all the people who have made our services possible. Thank you. Love you.

~ Lynne

Sipiora has been executive director of The Samaritan Inn, Collin County's only homeless shelter, since 2005.

Click here to read more of her decision in an article from the McKinney Courier-Gazette entitled "Samaritan Inn homeless shelter executive director to retire".

The Samaritan Inn is located at 1710 N. McDonald St. in McKinney. In addition to the homeless shelter, the group also operates the Inn Style Resale Store. Visit online at thesamaritaninn.org or Facebook at Facebook.com/SamaritanInn. The Inn Store's Facebook page is Facebook.com/InnStyleResale.

 

About The Samaritan Inn

The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that restores people to independence through training, support and personalized case management. The Samaritan Inn was established in 1984 after community leaders joined together to address the issue of homelessness in Collin County. Over 30 years later, The Samaritan Inn is still the leading homeless program in a county of over 854,000 residents. For more information, visit thesamaritaninn.org.