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, a diaper pantry, 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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2,345 families received food at the Center in April 2022. You can help keep our community fed through tough times now and for years to come. Make a donation to the Center through Give to Lincoln today.

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In 2021, we distributed food to 56% more families than in 2019, before the pandemic. 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 733 babies in April 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. Make a gift to the Center through Give to Lincoln today.

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Recent News

May 19
More than 5,400 families received food from the Center for People in Need last year. The Center...
May 1
EduTech coming soon! Affordable Connectivity Program Care Room coming soon! Summer Fun: Pool passes...
Mar 10
Funding from American Rescue Plan granted to six agencies The City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and...
Mar 1
Face masks required at the Center Child Tax Credit: File for full credit Affordable Connectivity...
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The POP scholarship program helped me earn my associate's degree. Now I'm a radiology tech. I have a cool job, a steady paycheck and benefits. Thank you!

Sheila, POP scholarship recipient View All Testimonials
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I was visiting the Center for food when someone told me SNAP qualifications had changed. They set me up with an appointment for Client Assistance, and Salim walked me through the whole application. Now I get money for groceries each month and don't have to visit the Center anymore. Thank you.

Reginald, client assistance recipient View All Testimonials
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I had a bad experience with my neighbor who knew I could not speak English. The police tried to help, but I could not explain myself. I joined the Center's classes to avoid more troubles and misunderstandings with other people. Now, if something happens, I can communicate. Thank you.

Viyan, ELL student View All Testimonials
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You can tell that [Opening Doors] staff really care. They're the kind of people we need in our lives right now. Being around people that want to help our lives and help us achieve our goals is pretty amazing.

Neca, former Opening Doors participant View All Testimonials
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[Opening Doors] helped me land a job when I was first released. Bu 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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