Santiago, who lives at The Samaritan Inn with his single mother and three siblings, became the first in his family to graduate from high school. Family caseworkers from The Samaritan Inn attended the First in Family Graduate Reception at McKinney Boyd High School.

At the end of the reception, students were asked to speak. Santiago bravely got up and spoke beautifully.  He thanked his mother for working so hard and always believing in him. He spoke about his family's difficulties and his dream of going to college and becoming an engineer.

Caseworker Rachel says, "We were so honored that this family asked us to attend this wonderful ceremony.  The whole evening was incredibly touching. We are so proud of Santiago and feel fortunate to know this precious family. They just signed a lease on a new apartment and so they will be leaving us soon, but their stay at The Samaritan Inn has been a joy."

Lynne Sipiora, Executive Director of The Samaritan Inn, added praise for the new graduate.

“Santiago’s family needed resources and tools to re-gain their independence and The Samaritan Inn’s program and caseworkers were able to provide them. We are thrilled to see him graduate!”

The Samaritan Inn, located in McKinney, is the largest residential homeless program in Collin County. Click here and here to read recent stories from about their plans for expansion.

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