A PLACE TO CALL HOME
The mission of the Curtis Center is to give participants time, education, a sense of community, and the tools to change their lives in positive ways.
The Curtis Center offers supportive, transitional housing for 60 men who need help getting back on their feet and are looking to improve their lives.
The Curtis Center is a secure building with private, comfortable sleeping rooms. Each room has a refrigerator, a microwave and a sink and is wired for basic cable TV services. Other amenities include laundry facilities, three congregate meals, a community lounge, a library for reading or studying, two outdoor courtyards, and 24-hour staff. Reduced-rate memberships are available to a local recreational facility.
The Curtis Center is a structured program that focuses on four areas; each area includes classes, counseling, and services designed to promote emotional health and economic self-sufficiency. Our desire is to develop a mutually trusting relationship to help residents identify and achieve program goals.
Weekly casework and quarterly progress reviews are evaluated based on these four areas:
Recovery from Substance Abuse or Dependence
Personal Growth and Development
Additional Services Available
PCM’s Help Center (HC)
PCM’S Free Medical Clinic
In Lincoln, the homeless and near-homeless population includes people from all walks of life. In the most recent Point In Time count, designed to measure the extent of homlessness in the community on a single day, this was the face of homelessness in Lincoln:
- 694 people in 512 households were homeless
- Nearly a fourth were children under the age of 18
- 10% were US Military Veterans
- 5% of the people were unsheltered
- 21% were vitcims of domestic violence
- 22% had a substance use disorder
- 18% had a serious mental illness
Former Curtis Center Resident
Eric believes in lists, which is helpful as he oversees the day-to-day operations of the 60-room men’s transitional housing facility here at PCM. As Curtis Center Director, Eric helps the staff provide a safe community for men to get back on their feet, connecting them with needed resources, helping them overcome challenges, and holding them accountable as they set their goals to transition back into society.
When he’s not making lists, Eric enjoys running, cycling, reading and collecting classic literature. He’s proud to have quite a few different versions of his favorite book, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ by Charles Dickens. Eric’s heroes include Abraham Lincoln and Booker T. Washington. His greatest accomplishment is staying married to his wife, Danette, since 1987. He’s a US Air Force veteran, believe puns are the purest form of humor and has a mild case of OCD.