Programs
The Good Neighbor Community Center provides basic and emergency needs assistance to low-income individuals or anyone in need of our services. (If you have a Clarity card, please bring it to your appointment but this is not a must have to receive services).

Non-Perishables Food Program

GNCC distributes non-perishable food like canned food, frozen meat, dry beans, pasta, etc. through our Shopper's Choice Pantry. Individuals with appointments are given the opportunity to walk into our pantry and pick out food for themselves depending on their family sizes and the amount of food available. Clients may receive non-perishable food every 30 days.

NOTE: An appointment is needed before one can come in to get non-perishable food.

Perishables Food Program

Each Monday and Wednesday, Food Bank of Lincoln delivers perishables food like fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, etc. that is distributed. No appointment is needed to access this program and there are no restrcitions for eligibility as long as you have a need for food. The partnership with Food Bank of Lincoln also allows us to get food directly from the stores in Lincoln that are available in our building on Tuesday and Thursday. You are welcome to come for more food on those extra days or later after we are done with the food lines on Mondays and Wednesdays to see what is available from the stores. While limited space continues to be a barrier for this program, we are working with the Cultural Centers of Lincoln Collaborative to find a new home for this program and we can’t wait to share the progress with you about the new space for this program which will house both GNCC’s perishable and non- perishable food programs. Stay tuned.

NOTE: No appointment needed for perishables.

FoodNet

Every Sunday at 3 pm-4 pm, GNCC partners with Allon Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide mostly perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, bread, etc. The program takes place inside the building but due to lack of enough space for everyone, names are randomly called for clients to come into the building and have a choice to pick they food they could use from what is available on those days.

NOTE: No appointment needed.

Shopping Floor

GNCC receives donations from the community which are then given out to those in need at no cost. Items given out through this program include but not limited to clothes and clothe accessories, shoes, purses, appliances, small furniture (due to lack of room), and other household items as donated. We ask for clean items from the community to be donated. We are unable to pick up donated items but we are glad to receive them at our center Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Fridays from 8 am to 12 pm. After checking in with our office manager, each client may shop for the donated items at no cost. Clients can shop for these items every 60 days for each family member. We encourage clients to bring information of their income and expenses to help us with data needed when writing grants.

NOTE: Currently, no appointment is needed before one can come in to shop but shopping is not available on Monday or

Wednesday mornings.

Diapers

GNCC offers diapers size 1 - 5 once a month per child in the family. Wipes are also available and can be requested when getting diapers.

Personal Care Items (for all)

These are given out depending on what is available.

Senior Hygiene Closet

We are pleased to partner with Lincoln Hygiene Network and other community partners in supporting our seniors (55+) with personal hygiene products. Stop by anytime when our front office is open. Products include but not limited to shampoo, hair conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, moisturing cream, bar soap, adult cleansing wipes and incontinence pads.

Fans

In the summer, we offer fans for clients in need.

New Quilts

New refugees and immigrants are offered new quilts to help them when they arrive in Lincoln and Lancaster County. We also offer quilts to individuals that have lost their property from theft, fire, flood, etc. The rest of the clients are encouraged to pick out blankets and bedding from our shopping floor.

NOTE: Currently, no appointment is needed before one can come in to shop but shopping is not available on Monday or

Wednesday mornings.

StarTran Low-income Bus Pass Sales Site

We sell monthly low-income bus passes for $8 and low-income HandiVan passes for $16. StarTran requires a photo ID before we can sell these passes.

NOTE: Currently, no appointment is needed before one can come in to purchase a bus pass but this is not available on Monday or

Wednesday mornings due to perishable food program.

Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance Site

GNCC partners with Union College and University of Nebraska volunteers (VITA) to assist families file their tax returns at no cost. This allows them to save on filing cost and also get their tax refunds.

Grandparents (Christmas) Room

Grandparents are invited to shop every other year for their grandchildren during the holiday season. Grandchildren must be 10 years old or younger. GNCC posts the sign up dates as we get closer to the holiday season. We ask grandparents to provide us with social security numbers for their grandchildren to be able to shop for their grandchildren's gifts.

Note: Please call to make an appointment or inquire if you are eligible.

Assistance for refugees and immigrants.

As a community center, the Good Neighbor Community Center offers services to all refugees and immigrants in Lincoln and Lancaster County. They receive basic and emergency needs and are eligible for all the programs mentioned above. We are proud to have staff members that speak 6 different languages, Arabic, Hindi, Pashto, Dari, French, and Swahili which makes it possible to offer further help for refugees and immigrants from the Middle East & North Africa (MENA Hope Project), Asian refugees and immigrants Afghanistan and India, and African refugees and immigrants that understand Swahili or French.

Resettlement:

We collaborate with community partners and resettlement agencies to assist refugees and immigrants coming to Lincoln and Lancaster County by providing them with tools and resources that help them become self-sufficient. Home visits may be made to determine what assistance is needed and these families are given a priority to come and shop at the center for clothes, food, and enroll in various classes and support groups. Interpretation services are provided to assist with appointments or translating various documents. We partner with Legal Aid of Nebraska to have an attorney on site every Thursday afternoon for those in need of legal assistance. . Interpretation in Arabic is provided during that time. Call Zainab Al-Baaj to make an appointment. GNCC is a recipient of Minority Health Initiative (MHI) grant meant to: 1. Leverage Lancaster County MHI efforts to increase collaboration in the community related health equity 2. Reduce barriers to accessing affordable health care and education that is culturally and linguistically appropriate 3. Provide mental health awareness and increase access to affordable support services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

Friday Women Support Group:

Every Friday (when public schools are open) we have Friday classes that feature different speakers covering a lot of topics which range from health, public safety, cooking, careers, parenting, etc. Before the class starts, the participants study English for an hour from 11 am to 12 pm with different teachers depending on their English levels and them meet together to listen to the guest speaker of that day.

Peer Support Group:

The Good Neighbor Community Center has a Peer Support Specialist that offers support groups for mental health.

Maternal Care Support Group:

This group is designed to provide a safe environment for mothers to share information, practical help, and emotional connection.

Circle of Security Group:

GNCC supports moms and their daughters from Afghanistan through this KENO fund designed to help programs for children and families to prevent crisis situations through early intervention.

English | Citizenship | Health | Finance | Computer Classes:

GNCC provides all these classes Monday through Friday. Our staff rotate these classes to help cover all these areas. Currently, the classes are not available on Monday/Wednesday in the morning.

Transportation:

GNCC may provide transportation for refugees without transportation to come to the GNCC for various services or for other essential services in our community. Before making any appointment and counting on GNCC for transportation, please make sure that the GNCC staff member assisting you will be available to take you to your appointment.
© Good Neighbor Community Center | 2617 Y St. Lincoln, NE 68503 | 402.477.4173 | Designed by Tom Randa
Programs
The Good Neighbor Community Center provides basic and emergency needs assistance to low- income individuals or anyone in need of our services. (If you have a Clarity card, please bring it to your appointment but this is not a must have to receive services).

Non-Perishables Food Program

GNCC distributes non-perishable food like canned food, frozen meat, dry beans, pasta, etc. through our Shopper's Choice Pantry. Individuals with appointments are given the opportunity to walk into our pantry and pick out food for themselves depending on their family sizes and the amount of food available. Clients may receive non-perishable food every 30 days.

NOTE: An appointment is needed before one can come in to

get non-perishable food.

Perishables Food Program

Each Monday and Wednesday, Food Bank of Lincoln delivers perishables food like fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, etc. that is distributed. No appointment is needed to access this program and there are no restrcitions for eligibility as long as you have a need for food. The partnership with Food Bank of Lincoln also allows us to get food directly from the stores in Lincoln that are available in our building on Tuesday and Thursday. You are welcome to come for more food on those extra days or later after we are done with the food lines on Mondays and Wednesdays to see what is available from the stores. While limited space continues to be a barrier for this program, we are working with the Cultural Centers of Lincoln Collaborative to find a new home for this program and we can’t wait to share the progress with you about the new space for this program which will house both GNCC’s perishable and non- perishable food programs. Stay tuned.

NOTE: No appointment needed for perishables.

FoodNet

Every Sunday at 3 pm-4 pm, GNCC partners with Allon Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide mostly perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, bread, etc. The program takes place inside the building but due to lack of enough space for everyone, names are randomly called for clients to come into the building and have a choice to pick they food they could use from what is available on those days.

NOTE: No appointment needed.

Shopping Floor

GNCC receives donations from the community which are then given out to those in need at no cost. Items given out through this program include but not limited to clothes and clothe accessories, shoes, purses, appliances, small furniture (due to lack of room), and other household items as donated. We ask for clean items from the community to be donated. We are unable to pick up donated items but we are glad to receive them at our center Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Fridays from 8 am to 12 pm. After checking in with our office manager, each client may shop for the donated items at no cost. Clients can shop for these items every 60 days for each family member. We encourage clients to bring information of their income and expenses to help us with data needed when writing grants.

NOTE: Currently, no appointment is needed before one can

come in to shop but shopping is not available on Monday or

Wednesday mornings.

Diapers

GNCC offers diapers size 1 - 5 once a month per child in the family. Wipes are also available and can be requested when getting diapers.

Personal Care Items (for all)

These are given out depending on what is available.

Senior Hygiene Closet

We are pleased to partner with Lincoln Hygiene Network and other community partners in supporting our seniors (55+) with personal hygiene products. Stop by anytime when our front office is open. Products include but not limited to shampoo, hair conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, moisturing cream, bar soap, adult cleansing wipes and incontinence pads.

Fans

In the summer, we offer fans for clients in need.

New Quilts

New refugees and immigrants are offered new quilts to help them when they arrive in Lincoln and Lancaster County. We also offer quilts to individuals that have lost their property from theft, fire, flood, etc. The rest of the clients are encouraged to pick out blankets and bedding from our shopping floor.

NOTE: Currently, no appointment is needed before one can

come in to shop but shopping is not available on Monday or

Wednesday mornings.

StarTran Low-income Bus Pass Sales Site

We sell monthly low-income bus passes for $8 and low-income HandiVan passes for $16. StarTran requires a photo ID before we can sell these passes.

NOTE: Currently, no appointment is needed before one can

come in to purchase a bus pass but this is not available on

Monday or Wednesday mornings due to perishable food

program.

Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance Site

GNCC partners with Union College and University of Nebraska volunteers (VITA) to assist families file their tax returns at no cost. This allows them to save on filing cost and also get their tax refunds.

Grandparents (Christmas) Room

Grandparents are invited to shop every other year for their grandchildren during the holiday season. Grandchildren must be 10 years old or younger. GNCC posts the sign up dates as we get closer to the holiday season. We ask grandparents to provide us with social security numbers for their grandchildren to be able to shop for their grandchildren's gifts.

Note: Please call to make an appointment or inquire if you are

eligible.

Assistance for refugees and immigrants.

As a community center, the Good Neighbor Community Center offers services to all refugees and immigrants in Lincoln and Lancaster County. They receive basic and emergency needs and are eligible for all the programs mentioned above. We are proud to have staff members that speak 6 different languages, Arabic, Hindi, Pashto, Dari, French, and Swahili which makes it possible to offer further help for refugees and immigrants from the Middle East & North Africa (MENA Hope Project), Asian refugees and immigrants Afghanistan and India, and African refugees and immigrants that understand Swahili or French.

Resettlement:

We collaborate with community partners and resettlement agencies to assist refugees and immigrants coming to Lincoln and Lancaster County by providing them with tools and resources that help them become self-sufficient. Home visits may be made to determine what assistance is needed and these families are given a priority to come and shop at the center for clothes, food, and enroll in various classes and support groups. Interpretation services are provided to assist with appointments or translating various documents. We partner with Legal Aid of Nebraska to have an attorney on site every Thursday afternoon for those in need of legal assistance. . Interpretation in Arabic is provided during that time. Call Zainab Al- Baaj to make an appointment. GNCC is a recipient of Minority Health Initiative (MHI) grant meant to: 1. Leverage Lancaster County MHI efforts to increase collaboration in the community related health equity 2. Reduce barriers to accessing affordable health care and education that is culturally and linguistically appropriate 3. Provide mental health awareness and increase access to affordable support services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

Friday Women Support Group:

Every Friday (when public schools are open) we have Friday classes that feature different speakers covering a lot of topics which range from health, public safety, cooking, careers, parenting, etc. Before the class starts, the participants study English for an hour from 11 am to 12 pm with different teachers depending on their English levels and them meet together to listen to the guest speaker of that day.

Peer Support Group:

The Good Neighbor Community Center has a Peer Support Specialist that offers support groups for mental health.

Maternal Care Support Group:

This group is designed to provide a safe environment for mothers to share information, practical help, and emotional connection.

Circle of Security Group:

GNCC supports moms and their daughters from Afghanistan through this KENO fund designed to help programs for children and families to prevent crisis situations through early intervention.

English | Citizenship | Health | Finance | Computer

Classes:

GNCC provides all these classes Monday through Friday. Our staff rotate these classes to help cover all these areas. Currently, the classes are not available on Monday/Wednesday in the morning.

Transportation:

GNCC may provide transportation for refugees without transportation to come to the GNCC for various services or for other essential services in our community. Before making any appointment and counting on GNCC for transportation, please make sure that the GNCC staff member assisting you will be available to take you to your appointment.
© Good Neighbor Community Center | 2617 Y St. Lincoln, NE 68503 | 402.477.4173