Client Update: June 2022

Client Update
Wednesday, June 1

EduTech coming soon!

Summer Fun: Pools, the Zoo and fans

Summer Food Service Program for kids

SNAP and WIC food assistance programs

TRADE becomes Opening Doors

Feel the Love heating/cooling system giveaway

Self-paced, FREE English language classes

Affordable Connectivity Program

POP scholarships accepting new students

COVID-19 vaccine now available for all children age 6 mo and up

Dates to Remember

 

Food and diaper distributions held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Check in at Door #2. If you don't have a Center Card already, apply for one at cfpin.org/center-card or complete a paper application when you visit.

Care Room open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
NOTE: The Care Room will be closed June 27-30, 2022.

Center Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

EduTech coming soon!

New education program focused on well-paid tech careers.

This summer, the Center will begin enrolling people for EduTech, a FREE educational program focused on preparing people for a career in the well-paid, growing area of technology.

EduTech, which will use curriculum developed by Google, will enroll 40 participants each year for 4 to 6 months of part-time learning. Certifications are available in:

  • Data Analytics
  • IT Support
  • Project Management
  • User Experience (UX) Design

Participants will have access to supports like food and diaper distributions, gas vouchers, childcare vouchers, interview clothing stipends, etc. to ensure success!

If you're interested in starting a stable, well-paid career in technology, call Kathy at 402.476.4357 x241 or email knajjar@cfpin.org.

 

Summer Fun: Pools, the Zoo and fans

City Pools: Reduced-price admission rate cards for city pools are available during food and diaper distribution. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 4 to 6 p.m. Limit one per family. You must have a Center Card to receive a reduced-price admission rate card.

Zoo Passes: We will begin distributing Zoo passes on July 11, 2022 during food and diaper distribution. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 4 to 6 p.m. You do not need to receive food or diapers to get a zoo pass, but you must have a Center Card.

Free Fan Program: The Center will not distribute box fans from the city's Cooling Assistance Program this year. To participate in that program, please contact the Economic Assistance Office at 402.323.3900 or visit https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Energy-Assistance.aspx.

 

Summer Food Service Program for kids

The Food Bank of Lincoln, in partnership with the USDA and community partners, is sponsoring meal sites in Lincoln to offer free breakfast and lunch to children and teens age 18 and younger. Meals are served free to any child at the site on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals must be consumed on site during designated meal times.

For a full list of summer food sites, visit the Food Bank's website at https://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/summer-food-for-kids.

 

SNAP and WIC food assistance programs

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) could be the key to keeping your family fed. In 2021, income eligibility for SNAP increased from 130% Federal Poverty Level to 165% FPL. So if you haven't checked your qualification since then, you should! Call the Center at 402.476.4357 for assistance.

Women Infants and Children nutrition assistance
WIC is a special nutrition program specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5 years old. Visit dhhs.ne.gov/pages/wic-about.aspx or call Family Service WIC at 402.441.8655 or Lincoln Lancaster County WIC at 402.441.8000.

Don't forget you can double your food dollars.
Get free, fresh fruits and vegetables with your EBT card with Double Up Food Bucks. For details, visit doubleupnebraska.org!

 

TRADE becomes Opening Doors

The Center's community reentry program has been renamed "Opening Doors." Individuals within 18 months of their release date from a State of Nebraska Department of Correctional Services facility may be eligible to participate. Opening Doors provides practical and hands-on training to develop new and existing skills for reentry. Call 402.476.4357 x246 or email openingdoors@cfpin.org for more information!

 

Feel the Love heating/cooling system giveaway

John Henry's is working with Lennox to provide a free heating/cooling system to a local unsung hero—someone who is going through a hardship, someone who always helps others, or a front-line/essential working—who cannot otherwise update their heating/cooling equipment. Nominate a deserving individual or family at feelthelove.com before August 31, 2022.

 

Self-paced, FREE English language classes

Learn English at your own pace! The Center offers three levels of free English language classes, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

New students are tested to evaluate current language capabilities and then enrolled in the appropriate class. Our instructors are highly skilled and dedicated to teaching English and basic American culture, with an emphasis on obtaining employment. For more information or to sign-up, contact 402.476.4357 or info@cfpin.org.

 

Affordable Connectivity Program

ACP is a new, long-term program aimed at making broadband access affordable for all. Families struggling to pay for internet service may be eligible for a $30 per month discount on broadband internet service. Qualifying households must meet specific criteria. Visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or acpbenefit.org for more information.

 

POP scholarships accepting new students

Education is the key to improving your life! The Center's POP scholarship program allows individuals to attend Southeast Community College tuition-free while receiving additional services to help you succeed. More than 600 students have completed 30 credit hours at SCC through this program, improving their job skills while receiving practical education in fields like healthcare, office administration, computer technology and many more! Need more information or help getting started? Call 402.476.4357 or email pop@cfpin.org.

 

COVID-19 vaccine now available for all children age 6 months and older

Booster shot(s) also recommended, for maximum protection

Vaccination is important in reducing the spread of infection and essential for reducing COVID-19 deaths. These vaccines have been extensively tested and deemed safe and effective in reducing spread and severe illness. And now, vaccines are available for children who are 6 months old or older! For more info, please visit vaccines.gov. To register for your COVID-19 or seasonal flu shots, visit vaccinate.ne.gov OR contact a local pharmacy for appointment options. For those who are unable to take the COVID-19 vaccine, because of allergy or other health condition, a preventative medication called Evusheld has been authorized. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for more information.

 

Dates to Remember

June 27-30: Care Room closed. Food and diaper distribution and Center offices open.

Friday, July 1: Center offices closing at 2 p.m. Food and diaper distribution open.

Monday, July 4: Center closed for Independence Day. No distribution, offices closed.

Monday, July 11: Zoo pass distribution begins during food and diaper distribution.

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