Our Mission is to be a witness for Christ among the poor and homeless, serve their needs, and advocate their cause to the community at large.

Our Core Values

  • Everyone gets respect

  • Bring your best every day

  • There is
    no box!

  • Stay faithful
    to God

People's City Mission was started in 1907 by local churches, offering food and shelter for transient and impoverished men, women and children.


Today, the People's City Mission is Lincoln's primary homeless shelter housing 350 men, women, and children on an average day. PCM provides emergency and transitional housing to both men and families (including single mothers).


The Help Center, opened in 1990, takes the donations our community gives us and distributes them to low-income families within the community for no cost. Here we collect and then distribute food, clothing, household items, furniture, toys, and personal care items.


The PCM Free Medical Clinic opened in July 2009 to provide free medical, dental, chiropractic, and behavioral health care to low-income Lincoln residents without medical insurance.


The People's City Mission (PCM) has been a vital part of the Lincoln community for over 100 years.
We were founded in 1907 by a number of local churches in the city.


We wanted to demonstrate Christ's love to people who were impoverished and homeless by providing them with emergency assistance of food, shelter, and clothing.


Through the years, our purpose has remained the same: bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the poor and homeless, and demonstrate His love for them by meeting basic human needs. Over the years, more than one million people have been assisted by our ministry.


We purchased our first facility in downtown Lincoln near N and 9th Street. This building had been a well-known house of prostitution called Lydia's House. It proved to be a great location for Christian outreach. Our first program focused on providing food and shelter to transient men. Many of them were German-Russian immigrants, and PCM assisted these early settlers of Lincoln with English classes and a German Sunday School.


Our services were significantly expanded during the Great Depression when many people in the city sought help with food and shelter. There were few government programs in place to deal with this crisis, and we became the primary provider of emergency assistance to the city. Thousands of individuals were helped by PCM through this difficult period.


We added a number of new programs, including Advocacy and support of Native Americans, family housing for women with children, rehabilitation program for alcoholics and drug addicts, and a Lincoln Police Chaplaincy program.


We relocated to a larger facility at 110 "Q" Street. As a result, the number of beds available at PCM increased from 60 to 110. Over $1 million dollars in community support was raised, which completely paid for this expansion.


We opened the Mission's Homeless Prevention Center to distribute groceries, clothing and household items to needy families in the community.


We expanded our primarily facilities at 110 Q Street to accommodate more people and house a longer-term rehabilitation program for women. This expansion increased our bed count from 110 to 210.


We opened the HIS Center (Homeless Intervention Service) to provide overnight shelter for chronically homeless men. This increased our total number of beds from 210 to 260. We also took over the operations of DayWatch, a day housing program for transient men. Our services include shelter, lunch, dinner, laundry and mail services.


We formed People's City Mission Housing Corporation (502(c)(4)) and Curtis Center Limited Partnership.


We opened the Curtis Transitional Housing Center, which has 60 single-occupancy rental units for men and is staffed to offer training, counseling, and education to the tenants. A smaller transitional living space was opened within the Family Shelter area to house up to 12 women. The number of people staying at our 110 Q Street campus now exceeds 300 per night.


We also moved the HIS Center (bunk space for 101 men) to the west side of the Mission Home building located at 110 Q Street and a special day area known as the Agape Cafe was opened for the use of the HIS Center guests and men who need a place to go during the day


Mission Bean Coffee Corporation was established as a for-profit entity with all profits, after taxes, going to People's City Mission operating budget.


The PCM Medical Clinic opened, providing free medical, dental, vision, and counseling care to uninsured Lincoln residents. Most staff members are volunteers from the community, from medical professionals to receptionists to greeters.


We opened the Curtis Transitional Housing Center, which has 60 single-occupancy rental units for men and is staffed to offer training, counseling, and education to the tenants. A smaller transitional living space was opened within the Family Shelter area to house up to 12 women. The number of people staying at our 110 Q Street campus now exceeds 300 per night.


Veterans Program. In conjunction with the VA started a specialized program for vets recovering from military service-related issues


Starry Nights Began. Annual Christmas celebration for the Lincoln community with decorated trees and various activities.


Safe Place. Set up safe place sites around Lincoln where kids can go whenever they feel like they are in danger.


Women's Transitional Housing Program. Started transitional housing program for women using 7 private rooms in the family shelter.

Started the Toss Box program to collect textile donations from the community.


Church Plant. Started a church at the Mission for guests wanting to attend Sunday services and not having a church congregation of their own. Has grown to over 100 people.


Haulers Helping the Homeless. A partnership between People's City Mission and the city¹s trash haulers to pick up bags of clothing while they make their garbage runs.


Memorial Garden dedicated. We built a memorial garden where homeless men and women who have passed away can be remembered on a memorial wall, and have their ashes scattered if so desired.


Launched Only251 initiative to feed one person one meal, once a month, for $2.51. Also launched the Only251 shuttle to provide transportation for guests and lunches/waters for the homeless around Lincoln.


Moved the Homeless Prevention Center to it's new location at 68th & P, renaming it the Help Center.


Management Staff

Tom Barber - Chief Executive Officer


Amy Pappas - Senior Vice President


Bryan Davis - Vice President of Operations


Alex Snavely - Human Resources Officer


Danny Dakan - Facilities Director


Tim Harlan - Men's Temporary Housing Director


Kelli Damian - Women's Temporary Housing Director


Earl Richardson - Curtis Center Director


Brian Korell - Help Center Director


Randy Hand - Food Services Director


Michele Dakan - Community Relations Director


Josh Burkey - Volunteer Services Director


Wayne Smith - Recycling Director


Board of Directors

Tom Barber


Mark Rouse


Pat Timmer


Al Riskowski


Robb Linafelter


Joni Cover


Matthew Scheef


Bill Misko


Jessica Flanagain


Barry Lockard


Heath Stukenholtz


Sam Gifford

Doug Peterson


Community Partners are vitally important to the success of the Mission and the life of our guests. We partner with like-minded organizations, who are doing good in our community.

PCM's partners-including corporations and organizations-are crucial to our work meeting the basic needs of the homeless and less fortunate in Lincoln. This is accomplished by providing shelter, food, clothing, medical and spiritual care, and life skills training.


PCM is the largest homeless shelter per capita in the United States.

People's City Mission's Homeless Shelter, Free Medical clinic, Help Center and administrative offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the heartland of America. Since 1907, People's City Mission has served as the primary facility in the city for people needing immediate emergency shelter. In this capacity we act as our community's safety net for the homeless.

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