Volunteer McKinney Center's 2010 Volunteer Group of the Year
child abuse, neglect, and homelessness
HistoryIn 1987, two Plano ISD teachers noticed some students arriving at school with all their belongings in trash bags. The students would store them in their lockers during the day and take the bags with them after school. After looking into it, they discovered that these children were homeless and living on the street. The teachers immediately set out to find shelter for them, but soon found that there was not a place for them to stay in Plano. They were appalled to learn that there were homeless children in Plano, Texas, and dismayed that there were no local resources to provide them with shelter.“Not in our community!” they cried, and the search began for funding to open a teen shelter. The community rallied around the cause, and a local church provided a house that could shelter six teens. So began what was originally called Collin Intervention To Youth (a.k.a. CITY House). Over the years, the program has grown, and in December of 2009, City House opened a brand new shelter for children, My Friend’s House. My Friend's House has 24 beds and provides shelter to children up to age 17. Our previously operating teen shelter was merged into My Friend's House upon its opening.In 2003, City House determined that there was a need for a transitional living program to help older teens who were not yet ready to live independently. So we purchased two homes – the Boyd home for boys and the Goodman home for girls (named after the two Plano school teachers who started City House) – and City House began the TRIPS program (Transitional Resources in Preparation for Success). In 2010, TRIPS expanded and now has 12 beds for boys and six beds for girls.
Collin Intervention to Youth officially became City House in 2010. This change was brought on by the expansion of services beyond Collin County. City House now provides shelter to youth from all over the state of Texas, however, the counties we primarily serve are in North Texas (Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Rockwall, Denton and Kaufman). City House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.