I Need Help

If you are in need of help of Basic Services including financial assistance (rent, mortgage, utilities), food, clothing and assistance with medical visits, prescriptions, vision exam, and professional counseling; and/or Education and Employment Services such as GED Prep. classes, Financial Literacy, and Workforce Training, please click on the service(s) of interest below and complete the application form for each one.
Completion of the application forms does not automatically approve you for the service you are requesting. Once your application is complete, please call (972) 727-9131 to schedule an appointment with a Case Manager to assist you further.

*** New clients ***
Bring proof of school enrollment, photo ID, lease, and proof of income.

Housing Financial Assistance: 
Mortgage/Rent & Utilities 
CoServ/TXU Assistance

Basic Services: Food/Household items/Resale (clothing, etc.)
Kids Summer Food & School Supplies: Bags of kid-friendly food for summertime and new school supplies for back to school for elementary and middle school children.

Health Assistance:
– Financial assistance for physician and specialist visits, lab work, radiology and prescriptions


GED Prep: for more information and to apply click here.             
– On ground class (traditional classroom teaching)
– Online class
– Academic support groups
– Case Management and Coaching
– GED Test Financial Aid
– Tutoring

Higher Education: please complete this application for all the services below. 
– Financial Aid Application Assistance
– Scholarship Application Assistance
– Certification Application Assistance

Financial Literacy
– Online course
– Instructor based
– One-on-One budgeting and financial counseling

Workforce Training: please complete this application
– Resume revision
– Interviewing skills
– Social Media best-practices
– Education assistance (must qualify)
– Employment referrals
– Employment placement (as openings are available)
– Employment application assistance

Allen Community Outreach and Collin College are partnering to provide Professional Development services to ACO clients through a Workforce Training Boot Camp. Below you will find an online application to sign up for the boot camp sessions described below to be held at Collin College. Deadline to apply: September 27, 2017. After the 27th all potential participants that sign up online will be placed on a waiting list.

Workforce Training Boot Camp Sessions Application

Career Exploration in the Digital Age: This training will focus on the acquisition and renewal of digital literacy skills necessary to successfully navigate the digital job exploration, discovery, and search process. Topics covered include: LinkedIn, career exploration, career planning, resume writing, interviewing, online job search, and more.

October 2-6, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collin Higher Education Center, Room 108
3452 Spur 399
McKinney, TX 75069

21st Century Workplace Technology Skills Boot Camp: This training will focus on the acquisition and renewal of the basic technology applications and skillsets necessary for success in today’s workplace. Topics covered include: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, email etiquette, PDFs/attachments, and more.

October 9-13, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collin Higher Education Center, Room 108
3452 Spur 399
McKinney, TX 75069

Each year, ACO helps thousands of men, women and children facing crisis avoid hunger and homelessness, gain financial security, and access needed healthcare.

We look forward to helping you!

Information and Referral

Information & Referral is a vital service to link people who need services to those who provide them. When in doubt as to where to turn for health and human service assistance, Allen Community Outreach’s Information & Referral serves as a facilitator, broker and advocate. As simple as a phone call, our helpful staff is available to assist you find answers during weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends please call 2-1-1 from either a land line or cell phone.



Allen Community Outreach
Main Offices
Food Pantry
Resale Shop

801 E Main St.
Allen TX 75002
(972) 727-9131

ACO Boutique
On The Road

Watters Creek Shopping Center
Bethany & Highway 75
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Treasure Chest

301 W. Boyd Dr.
Allen, TX 75002