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MENA HOPE PROJECT

The MENA Hope Project provides assistance to refugees and

immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. We

collaborate with resettlement agencies bringing new refugees

into Lincoln and Lancaster County to help them with a smooth

transition to their new home. Home visits may be made to

determine what assistance they will need and the new families

are given a priority to come and shop at the center for clothes,

get food, and enroll in classes. Interpretation services are

provided to assist with appointments and translating all sorts

of documents that the clients may have.

The project advocates for women to enable them become

independent by providing tools and resources to help them

achieve independence.

NOTE: Please call Zainab Al-Baaj for more information.

Other services provided by MENA HOPE Project

Friday Women Classes: 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.

English Classes: GNCC collaborates with South East

Community College and Lincoln Literacy to help individuals

learn English Monday through Friday. We also have individual

volunteers who work volunteer to help out those in need.

A teacher from South East Community College is on site three

times a week to work with level 2 English students.

Lincoln Literacy sends trained volunteers to teach English

three times a week.

NOTE: Call South East Community College for more details at

1-800-642-4075 to sign up and asked to be placed at the

Good Neighbor Community Center location. You can also call

the center and talk to Zainab for ESL classes placement.

GED Classes: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening the

center provides GED classes in collaboration with South East

Community College.

NOTE: Call SCC for more details at 1-800-642-4075 to sign

up and asked to be placed at the Good Neighbor Community

Center Location.

Computer Classes: We offer introduction to computer

classes and have a lab where clients can use computers to do

job searches and work on computer skills.

NOTE: No appointment is needed for this program.

MENACTIVITY: This is a program meant to help women and

young children exercise 2 hours a week. These women do not

have the privilege of exercising in public because they cannot

take of their hijab. The program allows them to use a gym

exclusively without worrying about non-related males looking

at them due to their culture or religious beliefs.

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Other Basic and Emergency Assistance programs include

 

SNAP OUTREACH

Good Neighbor Community Center is a community partner

with Department of Health and Human Services to help

individuals apply for SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits

through the ACCESS NEBRASKA online application. Through

this program, we are able to serve individuals that do not have

computer skills are have language barriers. Sharonda

Claypool is our SNAP Outreach Coordinator and you can call

her to schedule an appointment.

We also help translate for those who speak Arabic, Swahili,

and French.

Rent / Utility Assistance

Good Neighbor Community Center helps with individuals with

eviction notices and those in need of assistance with utility

shut off notices. We encourage individuals to look for

assistance from other agencies because the amount we have

to give out is very limited each given month.

Taxes

GNCC works with Union College to help with tax filing during

the tax season. Dates will be posted when the season is on.

NOTE: No appointment necessary.

Star Tran Low Income Bus Pass Sales Site

We sell monthly bus passes for $8 to low income families and

the HandiVan pass for $16 Proof of eligibility (which is 200%

poverty level) and Photo ID is required by Star Tran before we

can sell these passes.

NOTE: No appointment necessary.

SERVICES
The Good Neighbor Community Center provides basic and emergency needs to low-income non- duplicated individuals. Each client or family is personally welcomed through an individual interview and encouraged to participate in the following programs. (We ask current GNCC clients to bring their Service Point cards for the following services unless otherwise stated) Food Distribution Program Non-Perishables GNCC distributes non-perishable 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: Appointment needed before one can come in for a pantry. Call us at 9 am to set up an appointment. If it is an emergency case, please call the center at 402.477.4173 and explain your situation. Make sure you talk to a staff or volunteer. Perishables Each Monday and Wednesday, GNCC distributes perishable food like fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, etc. between 10am-12pm. No appointment needed to come in for perishables but we ask for GNCC client cards. Food Net Every Sunday at 3pm-4pm, Allon Chapel Seventh- Day Adventist Church is on site hosting Food Net. No appointment or Client ID needed.

Basic and Emergency Assistance

Program 

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 that could still be used by those in

need. 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 2 pm.

After meeting with an interviewer and completing

the needs assessment, 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 some proof of

income and expenses every time they come in to

validate where they live and to help us with data

needed when writing grants.

Layettes: These are offered to new moms to

assist them with the necessities they need for their

newborns.

Personal Care items: These are given out

depending on what is available.

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 when they are shopping.

NOTE: Appointment needed before one can come

in to shop. Call us at 9am to set up an

appointment.

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. Grandparents

need to bring in social security cards 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.

GNCC Services