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.


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.


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.


Recent News

Nov 9
Alicia Phillips is one of our staff here at the Center for People in Need in our Opening Doors...
Nov 1
POP scholarship recipient Tara Farley is set to graduate from Southeast Community College in...
Oct 18
Tuesday evening food and diaper distributions will be held from 3-5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Oct. 18...
Sep 13
UBT announces $100,000 donation to the Center for People in Need. Our community voted and the count...

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Diapers are expensive, and our little guy goes through a LOT of them. Being able to get some diapers from the Center every month really helps. Thank you.

Ron and Sarah, diaper clients View All Testimonials
ron and sarah

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
george and kathy

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

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
radiology tech, sheila

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
justin, valerie and family