Allen Community Outreach (ACO)

The mission of Allen Community Outreach, a non-profit organization, is to transform lives by addressing basic human services for residents in Allen, Fairview, and Lucas. ACO provides vital information, referrals and emergency assistance for families and individuals; operates a Resale Shop; coordinates the local Meals on Wheels program and much more. For more information, go to or call 972-727-9131.

Allen Food Pantry

The Allen Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to those in need. The Allen Food Panty is housed at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 North Greenville Avenue in Allen. Donations may be brought to the Food Pantry at the west end of St. Jude parking lot. Collection boxes are also located at the Allen area Kroger Stores. For more information, call 214-644-2090.

Family Promise of Collin County

The mission of Family Promise of Collin County is to provide food, shelter and support services to Collin County families with children as they regain sustainable independence. The Family Promise Network provides a way for religious congregations to work together to help homeless families by meeting their important basic needs. Go to for more information.

Lil’ Lambs Consignment Sale

Lil' Lambs hosts an annual community consignment sale that features gently used children's, pre-teen, and maternity items. Profits from each sale are donated to Collin County charities. For more information, go to or email

The Samaritan Inn

Located in McKinney, The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. The Samaritan Inn provides, at no cost, a secure and clean place for individuals and families to live. Within this nurturing environment, experienced caseworkers assess each resident and his/her needs to develop an individual program plan with a goal of independence. Email or call 972-569-9988 for more information.