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 HPC.
People’s City Mission’s Homeless Prevention Center is the hub for our donation distribution and recycling programs. Learn more about how and where to donate!
Help Center Shopping Hours:
Monday & Friday
9:00am-11:30am // 1:30pm-4:00pm
9:00am-11:30am (New Shopper Orientation: paperwork, ServicePoint card, and tour of shopping area)
4:00pm-6:00pm (shopping for those employed and college students)
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.
How do you use my clothing donations?
Items donated to our Help Center (6800 P Street, behind Big Lots), Shelter (110 Q Street) and our Toss Boxes are collected and sorted to be:
- 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’?
Clothing, shoes, bedding, etc. that are baled for ‘recycling’ will be sold, with the money earned going right back into helping the needy people in our community. These baled textiles and wearables will eventually be sorted and used in a few different ways:
- 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!)
Do you have a list of items that can be baled and recycled?
Amy oversees the day-to-day operations of PCM’s Help Center, a 30,000 square foot shopping center and recycling warehouse located at 68th & P.
Amy works with donors, volunteers, and PCM staff to ensure that the best clothing, household goods, furniture, and foods are given to the people who need it most.