OUR MISSION TO GIVE
A HELPING HAND
The Help Center (HC) is dedicated to making much-needed items available at no charge to those who need it most.
If you find yourself not being able to make ends meet or are working to make a fresh start, we want to help provide you with needed items that will offset your costs, so your income can go further.
We can only provide what has been donated to us, but we are blessed to be in a generous community. On most shopping days, we are able to provide: food, clothing, shoes, personal care items, furniture and household goods. As supplies allow, we also provide diapers, formula, children’s car seats, strollers, etc.
Help Center Shopping Qualifications
To be eligible to ‘shop’ at the Help Center, individuals must:
- Be at 200% of the federal poverty level or below
- Have or be willing to get a Service Point card
We ask that you bring proof of income with you to your 1st appointment (pay stub, welfare check, food stamp, etc.). For those who work and need to shop on Wednesday evenings, you must bring proof of your current pay stub. For students, we ask that you bring a copy of your class schedule.
Food baskets are available through the HC once every other month per family. We also distribute holiday food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. To receive a food basket, you must sign up at the Help Center.
People’s City Mission’s Help Center is the hub for our donation distribution and recycling programs. Learn more about how and where to donate!
SHOPHelp Center Shopping Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Wednesday: 4:00pm-6:00pm (shopping for those employed and college students)
New Shopper Orientation: Tuesdays, 9:00am-11am – paperwork, ServicePoint card, and tour of shopping area
If possible, it is best to show up early during the designated shopping times. At the beginning of each shopping period, each shopper pulls a random number that will determine the shopping order.
Help Center Donation Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (As of April 13, temporary hours due to COVID-19)
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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SHOPPING: The Help Center will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th and remain closed until 10 a.m. on Friday, November 27th.
DONATIONS: We will be closed for donations from 4pm Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th at 10am. The donation dock will close at 4 p.m. that Friday.
Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway & Toy Giveaway
The Help Center will have the Thanksgiving food basket giveaway on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or before if they run out of turkeys or shoppers before 2 p.m.
The toy giveaway will be SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19TH from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or before if they run out of toys or shoppers before 2 p.m.
Shoppers will not be signing up ahead of time. Shoppers do not have to have a Clarity card but if they do have one, they should bring it.
How do you use my clothing donations?
- Distributed at our Help Center and Shelter (for free)*
- Baled and sold to be recycled (wearables & textiles)
*It is our goal to give away as many donations as possible to the homeless and impoverished in Lincoln. Every person or family who ‘shops’ (for free) at our Help Center is able to take 25 items of clothing, per family, 2 times per week. That means a family can take 2,600 articles of clothing every year!
What do you mean when you say ‘recycled’?
- Soiled, damaged & unusable textiles will be shredded for rags, recycled rugs, etc.
- Textiles in good condition will be sold to second-hand stores, micro-business in developing nations, etc. (So if the clothes you donate are in good condition, they will end up being distributed as clothing for people around the world!)