An organization with a single minded purpose: defeat poverty.
The Center for People in Need was founded in a 700 square foot garage
in 2002 by Beatty Brasch. Over the years it has grown to a 100,000 square foot facility, and is currently an important 501(c)(3) charity, serving tens of thousands of Linconites a year.
Housed in a former warehouse and retail store, the Center’s facilities include expansive classroom space serving hundreds of students daily, a fully staffed and equipped warehouse that distributes millions of dollars’ worth of consumer goods to those in need, as well as conference space, computer labs, and job training facilities.
Thousands of people seeking to improve their financial circumstances, overcome adversity and achieve success; enter the doors of the Center every month. Our core areas of impact include:
- Hunger Prevention: Through a number of community partners the CFPIN distributes food to low-income individuals throughout the week, both on-site as well as at locations strategically placed throughout the community.
- Social Support: Every year, the CFPIN hosts a number of events meant to alleviate poverty and promote social inclusion through toy drives, back to school and teen clothing events, holiday events and other events that take advantage of specific donations, such as: furniture assistance, or disaster assistance. A second component of our Social Support programming is our resource and referral services for those seeking to navigate the community’s services to self-improvement. In addition, we offer emergency assistance in the event of house fire, flood or other events that cause loss of essential needs.
- Adult Education: We offer a two-prong approach to helping low-income people increase earning potential. First, through valuable partners, we offer tuition free college associates degrees through Southeast Community College. Secondly, we offer daily English Language Education courses on-site. This program employs instructors, testing specialists and others to help adults achieve greater social and economic mobility through proficient English language use.
- Second Chances for Ex-Offenders: Finally, the CFPIN offers extensive programming tailored to allowing recent or current offenders from Nebraska correctional facilities to re-enter society with support, job training skills, as well as life skills. This program includes vocational training in specific marketable job skills, resume assistance and onsite job fairs, as well as case management support.
Our long-term mission is to enhance current services, enabling people to address issues of poverty with greater dignity and resolve. Moreover, we hope to broaden our scope of services, acting with purpose and facts to better proactively address local poverty while mitigating current circumstances.
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.Muriella Mukuna
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.Crystal Mulske