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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.

MINORITY  

HEALTH  

INITIATIVE:  

The  

Cultural  

Centers  

and

two    

service    

providers,    

Blue    

Stem    

Health    

and    

Lincoln-

Lancaster   

Department   

of   

Health   

work   

together   

to   

serve

minorities   

in   

Lancaster   

County   

by   

focusing   

on   

obesity,

diabetes,   

cardiovascular   

diseases,   

increase   

in   

health   

care

capacity,  

and  

decrease  

in  

health  

disparities  

among  

minorities

in  

Lancaster  

County.  

Strategies  

employed  

include  

1)  

Ensure

access  

and  

promoting  

physical  

activities  

2)  

Increase  

use  

of

team-based  

care  

in  

health  

systems  

and  

3)  

increase  

and/or

promote   

linkages   

between   

health   

systems   

and   

community

resources for minorities. 

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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.

(WE  

ARE  

NOT  

PARTICIPATING  

IN  

2019  

-  

Sorry  

for  

any

inconvenience)

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   10   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 10 am - 12 pm. No   appointment   needed   to   come   in   for   perishables but we ask for GNCC client cards. Food Net Every   Sunday   at   3   pm-4   pm,   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 12 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 10 am 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
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