Client Update: May 2022

client update
Sunday, May 1

EduTech coming soon!

Affordable Connectivity Program

Care Room coming soon!

Summer Fun: Pool passes, Zoo passes and free fan program

POP scholarships accepting new students

TRADE becomes Opening Doors

OpportunityLNK career expo on May 19th

COVID-19 vaccine widely available

Self-paced FREE English language classes

SNAP and WIC food assistance programs

Food to fit your family

Dates to remember

 

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Food and diaper distributions are held Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 4 to 6 p.m. Check in at Door #3. If you don't have a Center Card, apply for one at cfpin.org/center-card.

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

EduTech coming soon!

New education program focused on well-paid tech careers

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

EduTech, which will use curriculum developed by Google, will enroll 40 participants each year. Groups of 10 will take classes for 4 to 6 months and have access to supports like food and diapers, gas vouchers, childcare vouchers, interview clothing stipends, a computer lab, etc. to ensure success!

If you're interested in starting a stable, well-paid career in technology, stay tuned. We'll let you know when and where to find the application in June!

 

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.

 

Care Room coming soon!

Keep your eyes on our social media channels or be on the lookout for posters at food and diaper distribution, as that's how we'll announce that the Center's Care Room is open again!

Families may shop in the Care Room once per month for a limited number of clothing and household items, including baby accessories, kitchen goods, and more! Hours will be limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Do you have gently-used items you no longer use? Donate them to the Center and let another family benefit! Clothing, baby items, kitchenwares, etc. are all welcome, so long as they're in good, working order.

 

Summer Fun: Pool passes, Zoo passes and free fan program

Pool Passes: The Center will begin handing out reduced-price city pool passes on Monday, May 16th during food and diaper distribution. You must have a Center Card to receive a pass. If you do not already have one, you can apply online at cfpin.org/center-card or fill out a five-minute paper application when you visit.

Zoo Passes: We have not heard yet if or when Zoo passes may be available. As soon as we know, we'll post to our social channels and send a Client Update email. Please do not call to ask about them.

Free Fans: The Center will not be distributing free fans through the city's Cooling Assistance Program. To participate in the program, please contact the Economic Assistance Office at 402.323.3900 or visit https://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Paes/Econnomic-Assistance.aspx.

 

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.

 

TRADE becomes Opening Doors

The Center's community reentry program has been renamed "Opening Doors." Individuals on parole or 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 success. Call 402.476.4357 x246 or email openingdoors@cfpin.org for more information.

 

OpportunityLNK career expo on May 19th

EmployLNK invites you to join Lincoln's first-ever OpportunityLNK career expo on Thursday, May 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Catholic Social Services (2241 O Street). The event will feature local employers with immediate, direct hire opportunities, plus community organizations supporting job seekers and families in Lincoln.

COVID-19 vaccine widely available

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. 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.

 

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.

 

SNAP and WIC food assistance programs

If you’re having trouble making ends meet, consider applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). In 2021, income eligibility for SNAP increased from 130% Federal Poverty Level to 165% FPL. This means it’s even more important to see if you qualify, call the Center at 402.476.4357 or email info@cfpin.org to check your eligibility.

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. For more information, 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 food.unl.edu/DoubleUp!

 

Food to fit your family

When applying for your Center Card, it's important to list your entire family on your application. Larger families receive additional food at distribution to ensure no one goes hungry.

Center Cards are intended for a single or pair of adults and all of their dependent children. Any additional adults in the household, including adult children, roommates or grandparents, are encouraged to obtain their own Center Card.

Remember, cardholders do not have to attend distribution in-person. Once you pick up your Center Card, you can give it to family members, friends or neighbors to attend distribution on your behalf.

 

Dates to remember

Monday, May 30: Center closed for Memorial Day. No distribution, offices closed.

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

 

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