Igniting a new beginning

Igniting a new beginning

CCSO program offers educational opportunities, certifications to inmates By Sonia Duggan One year ago, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner announced plans to reduce recidivism rates among inmates by offering a program where they can learn better life skills, improve their education and learn a trade.  

The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center

The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center

Serving Survivors of sexual violence  By Sonia Duggan In a world where silence and shame can perpetuate suffering, a local nonprofit serves as a beacon of hope and support for those impacted by all forms of sexual violence.  For over 40 years, The Turning Point 

Lone Star Search & Rescue

Lone Star Search & Rescue

Faith-based canine search and rescue team on a mission to serve By Jeremy Hallock Lone Star Search and Rescue Director Terry Benjamin often asks the question, “If not us, then who?” Search and rescue is learned by failing, he says, not being successful. His command 

City Missions

City Missions

Connecting the housing challenged with much-needed support By Jeremy Hallock A nonprofit founded three years ago to provide socks for the homeless has quickly expanded to include planning a million-dollar facility. City Missions Founder and Executive Director Cherie Privett, a Wylie longtime resident and employee 

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Delivering hope to children at Christmastime & beyond By Sonia Duggan The holiday spirit has taken root across the nation as Santa’s elves ready for the upcoming season with a little help from a nonprofit started by the Marine Corps Reserve 76 years ago. Toys 

Marking History

Marking History

Collin County resident awarded Yellow Rose of Texas for efforts By Sonia Duggan & Norishka Pachot Farmersville resident Linda Hess has made her mark on Collin County by documenting its history for over two decades.  Hess’ dedication as a Collin County Historical Commission (CCHC) member 

Journey of Restoration

Journey of Restoration

Women helping women affected by trauma By Sonia Duggan Every Saturday night at 7:15 p.m., a group of women impacted by past trauma meet to walk their healing journey together as they learn God’s plans for them.  Ministering to the group at The Cross Church 

Give where you live

Give where you live

Local nonprofits need your support on North Texas Giving Day By Sonia Duggan Supporting a favorite local nonprofit or cause doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming if you live in North Texas thanks to a unique fundraising event started in 2009.  For 15 

Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic & rat tails

Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic & rat tails

Early schools had several names By Bob Wieland Collin County was so overrun with rats a century ago that rural schools held competitions to see how many rats a student had killed – by counting the tails brought to class. That’s according to Joy Gough, 

Grace to Change

Grace to Change

Nonprofit changes lives, community By Sonia Duggan Conquering a drug or alcohol addiction takes willpower, time, and a lot of money. But if you live in Collin County and need assistance, help is available that won’t cost you your job, your life savings, or your