Some of the success stories
While not currently a program at CFPIN, in recent years we have helped hundreds of immigrants achieve citizenship. Here is just one story: I’m from Congo Kinshasa. I moved to the United States of America as a permanent resident in 2010. I graduated from high school in 2013. Now I’m a college student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. After 5 years living as USA permanent resident I applied for the USA resident’s test at the Center for People in Need. There were 100 questions to memorize and I had to remember all the names and places in the book. Test day, I was nervous at first when asked all the questions, but when told that I passed my test, that I’m a USA citizen, I felt so happy and I wasn’t nervous anymore. My mom also passed her test the same day. We later did the ceremony and everything, and my mom and I are now officially USA citizens. I’m thankful and happy.
Crystal Mulske moved from Cozad Nebraska to Lincoln in 2012. With five kids and no job prospects, she found refuge at the People’s City Mission. Eventually Crystal got back on her feet. Even so, raising five children by herself is no easy task. Despite working full-time, she needed help. Christmas was a particularly trying time. So when Crystal registered for the Center’s 2015 Toyland for Kids event, she did so with a grateful heart. Toyland caters to in-need children under 18 years old in the Lincoln area. Crystal arrived to shop on Sunday, the rain pouring from dawn to dusk. Her five kids were among the 7,656 children served at this year’s event; the Mulskes one of 1,709 families. The outpouring of community support for this event- from vendors, donors, and volunteers- made the three day event a smooth and successful end to 2015. Crystal, like the other parents at Toyland, left with a cart full of toys to place under her tree at home.