There are a lot of different reasons to support McKinney's Community Lifeline Center mission, but one that affects all of us is the role the organization plays in helping people become self-supporting. In 2012 CLC, with the able assistance of experienced industry volunteers, provided nearly 31,000 hours – the equivalent of almost FOUR years – of job seeker support to area families in need.
These job seekers are often single parents – and most often, single mothers – who are suddenly forced to be home maker, caregiver and breadwinner. Single parents who face a workplace very different from the one they left or imagined; a work place in which being computer savvy and digitally adept are table stakes. Many of these single parents didn’t know a resume is required, let alone how to create one; and, while they might have traveled a lot of roads, a career path wasn’t one of them.
That’s why CLC offers job search counseling including resume development and computer training, as well as classes in financial management. Because while CLC addresses the immediate needs of housing, utilities, and – now – food, it’s also important to help these people and families get back into the work force.
How is it working?
CLC monitors client outcomes on a regular basis, and the data shows that there is a 55 percent increase in employment among CLC clients 90 days after they were given support and training. And, while CLC celebrates the 55 percent increase, the goal is 100 percent.
That’s why your support is so important: it doesn’t just help a family survive, it helps our community thrive. Every time CLC guides another able-bodied soul into the work force, everyone wins.
About Community Lifeline Center
Community Lifeline Center (CLC) was born as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989 when a group of churches determined it was best to work together in supporting and meeting the needs of people in need. We’ve evolved and grown over the years but our original purpose remains unchanged: to be the premiere place for providing assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County. For more information, contact Community Lifeline Center, 1601 W. University Dr., Suite B, McKinney 75069. 972-542-0020 or communitylifeline.org.