Programs and Services

Our programs and services are aimed at addressing the basic needs of low-income individuals and families while providing access to the training and education necessary to improve employment and increase wages.

The Center strives to protect and provide for Lincoln's most vulnerable residents - babies - with monthly diaper distributions for low-income families. Diapers can be an insurmountable expense for low-income families, costing as much as $80 per month. Babies suffering diaper need -- the insufficient supply of diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy -- may experience increased health disparities, including diaper rashes, urinary tract infections and more.

Distributions are currently held in our drive-thru in the Center's parking lot to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

We offer three levels of free English Language Learning classes for anyone for which English is not their primary language. New students are tested to identify their skill level, then they progress through the program at their own speed. Our instructors are highly skilled and dedicated to teaching English and basic American culture. Classes are held Monday through Friday between 9 and 11 a.m.

Preventative measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19, including social distancing, face mask requirements and daily screenings. Enrollment is currently limited. Contact us at for more information.

The Center is dedicated to keeping our community fed. Distributions are held every weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at 3901 N. 27th Street.

A Center Card is required to participate. If you do not have a Center Card, bring a photo ID of any kind and you'll be given a temporary card. Each household may participate in one food distribution per week.

Distributions are currently held as a drive-thru in the Center's parking lot to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Education is key to helping low-income individuals obtain economic independence. Through the Center's People Obtaining Prosperity scholarship program, participants can attend Southeast Community College tuition-free! The Center also provides some basic needs to remove barriers that might prevent low-income individuals from pursuing an education.

This program has already helped more than 300 students complete 45 credit hours at Southeast Community College -- greatly improving their office and computer skills while receiving practical education in fields like healthcare, office administration, or computer technology. These achievements often lead to better employment (and more income).

Contact the POP program manager Lynette Maes at or 402.476.4357 to learn more or get an application for the POP scholarship program.

Tackling Recidivism And Developing Employability is a community reentry program for current and formerly incarcerated individuals. The program focuses on providing hands-on job skill training and mentorship, while providing basic necessities, to help individuals successfully reestablish themselves in the community.

Participants may choose training in Computer Aided Drafting, forklift operation, welding or online manufacturing courses through All participants are trained on building a resume, setting goals, interviewing and additional job-searching skills.

For more information about TRADE, contact program staff at or 402.476.4357.

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