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Mission & History

Center for People in Need

Center for People in Need is a community-based nonprofit organization providing services for low-income people in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. The Center addresses basic needs, including food, emergency services, language skills, educational opportunities and employment skills. The Center also advocates for policies that help people overcome obstacles to economic independence.

Center for People in Need was created in 2003 by Beatty Brasch, a well-known community leader and human rights activist. It began as a food and household goods distribution site in a small house in north Lincoln. The Center incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in February 2003. In 2008 it relocated to a warehouse and office complex at 3901 North 27th Street.

In 2018 founder Beatty Brasch transitioned to a Founder/Advocate role and Christine Funk became Executive Director.

The Center’s major programs and services include:

  • Food distribution
  • English Language Learning classes
  • Employment skills training
  • Educational opportunities and tuition assistance at Southeast Community College.
  • Assistance obtaining government services

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