Here to help!

We help low-income families by providing the basic needs and educational opportunities needed to become financially independent.

Our services include food distributions, Lincoln's first Diaper Bank, household goods distributions, emergency services, English language classes, educational opportunities, and employment training. We also advocate for legislation and policies that help people overcome obstacles and escape poverty.

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2,859 families received food at the Center in September 2022. You can help keep our community fed through tough times now and for years to come. Make a gift today.

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More than 1,700 families receive assistance at the Center each week. If you're having trouble buying food or diapers, we can help with weekly and monthly distributions for you and your family.

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The Center distributed diapers to 934 babies in August 2022. You can make an immediate difference in the lives of young children who don't have enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. Donate to the Center today.

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Recent News

Nov 9
Alicia Phillips is one of our staff here at the Center for People in Need in our Opening Doors...
Nov 7
Every child should have something under the tree this holiday season, and that’s why 10/11 Cares is...
Nov 1
POP scholarship recipient Tara Farley is set to graduate from Southeast Community College in...
Oct 21
Announcing 2022 holiday special events Free health screenings, Nov. 14 Nebraska Homeowner Assistance...
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Upcoming Events

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Dec12

9:00am — 3:00pm
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Dec13

9:00am — 3:00pm
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On our fixed income, it's been difficult to buy enough food for healthy meals lately. We come to the Center a couple of times a month to make sure we have enough food. Thank you.

George and Kathy, food clients View All Testimonials
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Thanks to the POP scholarship program, I went from scraping by to providing a good life for my son, Xavier. My new career as a surgical tech has steady hours, a good salary, paid time off and full benefits. I finally caught up on past-due bills, and I'm working on saving money and improving my credit so I can buy a house with a yard for Xavier.Thank you.

Zach, POP scholarship recipient View All Testimonials
Zach and his son Xavier

Sarah and Mark welcomed their son, Hunter, in January. He's a ray of sunshine in their lives, but also a new source of stress. When they went to buy diapers, they were blindsided by the cost—the price had doubled since their last baby was in diapers. Expenses added up quickly, and they started falling behind.

"We were out of money. Then we ran out of diapers. It was awful. We visit the Center every month for diapers now. Thank you."

Sarah and Mark, diaper clients View All Testimonials
sarah and hunter

[Opening Doors] helped me land a job when I was first released. But the pandemic hit, and I was laid-off. I almost lost everything! [Opening Doors] staff went above and beyond to help. I found a new job and was able to keep my apartment. Thank you.

John, former Opening Doors participant View All Testimonials
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Val and I were skipping meals to keep the kids fed, and even then sometimes we still didn't have enough. The kids would get hungry between meals, but we couldn't afford to let them snack. It was so stressful. Now we visit the Center for food every week, and we're all healthier and happier.

Justin and Valerie, food clients View All Testimonials
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