OUR MISSION

Mission Statement

 The Assistance Center of Collin County brings carefully qualified and prompt short-term assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency. Through discerning programs, guidance and funds, we help stabilize Collin County families’ home economies to fight homelessness, hunger and poverty as well as help protect our entire community from a wave effect of negative impacts. 


Our Staff

Yvonne P. Booker, Executive Director

Yvonne has served in executive leadership positions for more than twenty-five years. As a leader, driven by excellence, she is committed to ensuring that outcomes are reached and desired goals are attained. Having served as a community advocate in both a volunteer and professional capacity, she is committed to her community and a strong volunteer.

Yvonne served as Chair of Collin County United Way Board of Directors, member of the United Way of Metro-Dallas Board of Directors and served two terms as Housing Commissioner for the City of McKinney. She has served as member of many grant allocations committees for United Way of both Collin and Dallas counties and the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) committee for the city of McKinney. She has chaired the Destination Graduation committee charged with allocating monies and developing strategies to support student’s high school success, currently serving as a member of TX CAN-North Texas, a collaboration community leaders addressing high school success and college entrance.

Yvonne holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology.


LaVeeta Hamilton, Program Director

LaVeeta Hamiliton started as the Program Directior at the Assistance Center in 2017. LaVeeta comes with multitude of experience in the nonprofit sector with agencies such as the Salvation Army, Dallas Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity and also has a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science and her Master's in Clinical Consueling. LaVeeta's desire to serve the community shows thru her ability to help families navigate through appropriate services, offering tools to educate and empower families and their loved ones while being a confidential resource. LaVeeta's true passion to give a hand up and not a hang out shows through her natural ability to identify the emotional stressors while comfortably giving families the desire to improve their current situations by offering and advising on the appropriate services that are offered at the Assistance Center Of Collin County. LaVeeta possess the ability to work with a wide range of clients including children, adolescents, families, and adults.



 

Joyce Geisler, Services Manager

Serving as outreach staff with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Joyce joined the Assistance Center staff in May, 2014. She brings to the Assistance Center a wealth of information in the area support services for families in crises. In addition Joyce serves as Volunteer Manager in charge of volunteer

 recruitment and assignment.


 

Our History

 

In 1977, the population in Plano was slightly below 60,000 and in Collin County was just slightly above 121,000. Initially named the Information and Referral Center of Collin County, the Center was established as a not-for-profit organization to “inform, guide, direct, and link people to appropriate human service resources”. Senator Florence Shapiro along with other forward-thinking citizens of Plano formed the Center’s first Board of Directors. Fast forward almost 40 years later, the Assistance Center has grown as well as the needs of the community. In response to that growth and greater needs of the county, the Assistance Center seeks to stabilize the family’s home by providing rental and utility assistance. One the home has been stabilized, the family then is engaged in self-sufficiency strategies designed to change their economic condition.


Board Of Directors

Kelly Martin, Chair


Joel Berg, Treasurer


Robert Miller, Secretary


Patrick Rohan


Dan Manack


Lucy Selby


Bob Luss


Elizabeth Ramirez-Washka


Melisa Cargo


Priscilla Brown


Anita deFigueiredo


Leslie Mensching