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, baby wipes, formula, children's car seats, strollers, etc.

Donors: We will accept all of the items listed above. Donations can be taken to the back of the Help Center. Donation hours are listed below. Thank you for your generosity! You can download in in-kind receipt for your taxes here.

Help Center Shopping Qualifications

To be eligible to ‘shop’ at the Help Center, individuals must:

    • Have or be willing to get a Clarity card


We ask that you bring proof of income with you to your 1st appointment (pay stub, welfare check, food stamp, etc.). For students, we ask that you bring a copy of your class schedule.

Food Baskets

Food baskets are available through the HC once a month per family. We also distribute food baskets for Thanksgiving.

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!

New Shopper Orientation

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.


Monday: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Tuesday: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Wednesday: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (ONLY for those who DO NOT shop any other time of the week)

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Holidays: The Help Center is CLOSED for shopping on New Year's Eve, Good Friday, Easter, Labor Day, 3rd of July (evening) 4th of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. **During inclement weather, check our facebook page for closing announcements. 

Donation Hours

Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Holidays: The Help Center is CLOSED for donations on New Year's Eve, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. **During inclement weather, check our facebook page for closing announcements.



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! They are also able to take furniture, housewares and food.

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!)

Yes! Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Purses & Bags, Coats, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Sheets, Blankets, Quilts, Towels, and Stuffed Animals (soft).

Rule of thumb: if it's wearable and/or a textile we can recycle it.

Tires, paint, large appliances, hazardous chemicals, hand sanitizer, wet furniture or clothing, air conditioning units, oil/gas products, auto parts. 

Contact Us


6800 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508