Posted on October 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm
By Brittany Sturek
Thousands of refugees come to America every year, hoping to start a new life. In 2009, more than 800 arrived in Nebraska alone.
When they first arrive, refugees receive housing and assistance in finding a job and learning English. Within 90 days, refugees are expected to have begun their integration into American culture and life in the United States.
But often, these people need continuing assistance.
Here is a list of resources that refugees can use to help them with all aspects of adjustment, including employment services, language classes, housing assistance, education opportunities, financial assistance and health care services.
Catholic Social Services: Refugee Services, Lincoln
2241 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: (402) 474-1600, 800-981-8242
Fax: (402) 474-1610
Lutheran Refugee Services
2900 O Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: (402) 435-2910
Fax: (402) 435-2949
• English classes
• Cultural orientation
• Employment services
• Appointments with the Health Department and Social Services
Asian Community & Cultural Center
2615 O St., Lincoln, NE 68510
• Citizenship Classes: works with immigrants and refugees seeking to gain citizenship by preparing them for their evaluation.
• English Language Classes: facilitated by Asian Center staff. Program is only open to members of the Asian community. Current Schedule: Mondays 1:00 – 2:30, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30.
• Translation Services: Asian Center staff can help translate important documents from Vietnamese to English and vice versa. Walk-ins are welcome.
• Volunteer Tax Service: offers free tax preparation and e-filing. Only by appointment.
Lincoln Action Program
210 O St., Lincoln, NE 68508
Elvis Acic, Center for Refugees and Immigrants Coordinator
Phone: 402-471-4515 ext. 141
• Employment: The Center for Refugees and Immigrants (CRI) offers employment services to help new Americans find and maintain successful employment. The program offers both basic and intermediate level ESL with an emphasis on employment and case management to individuals seeking or starting employment. The CRI also has interview, application, and resume assistance. The program offers these services with sensitivity to each client’s culture, customs, and language abilities.
• Housing: Uses long and short-term case management, assistance with rent, and collaboration with the Lincoln Housing Authority to help individuals and families who are homeless and near homeless secure safe, decent, and affordable housing.
• Money Management: Provides money management instruction using a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) developed curriculum that focuses on family budgeting, saving, and credit. Individuals can improve or repair their credit by saving for an asset or education with a matched savings account (savings are matched $2 to $1).
• Child Care: Daycare services at Head Start Child Development Center located at 3258 South 13th Street (13th & Arapahoe).
• Miscellaneous: Free tax preparation, professional interpretation and translation services, and a computer learning lab.
Lincoln Literacy Council
745 S. 9th St., Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 476-7323
Lincoln Literacy Council serves both native English speakers and new Americans who are learning English as a foreign language. ELLs (English Language Learners) make up more than 90% of their clients.
• Adult Basic Literacy: helps adult English speakers learn to read and write; students work with a tutor for 1 hour once a week.
• English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs: LLC offers some programs specifically for refugees who are free to eligible students, and in some cases, include childcare and/or transportation.
• English Conversation Groups: conversations led by LLC tutors allow students to speak and listen in English; free to attend; sessions are located across Lincoln.
• Health Literacy: sessions provide newcomers to America a broad overview of the American health care system, information that may seem like common sense to Americans but foreign to refugees (for example, not sharing prescriptions).
• Workforce Readiness Classes for Refugees: offers English language and employment-related instruction for refugees who need childcare and transportation in order to be able to study English and prepare for entry into the workforce; includes 2 specialized classes, one for refugee women and one for Sudanese refugees.
• Family Literacy Activities for Immigrants and Refugees (FLAIR): once a week, FLAIR staff read aloud to approximately 75 children from ELL families and engage them in discussion and creative activities; located at about 9 schools with high immigrant enrollment.
• Citizenship: class that helps prepare immigrants and refugees for their U.S. Citizenship test; meets Saturdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 11th & Garfield Streets.
Cedars Northbridge Community Center
6601 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: 402-434-KIDS (5437)
• Early Childhood Development and School Age Programs: provides children with early and ongoing developmental opportunities to help them become better learners; can accommodate low-income families receiving state childcare subsidies (Title XX) and offer scholarships to assist with financial need. Development Centers located at Clinton Elementary School and Hartley Elementary School.
• Out-of-Home Residential Services: Residential services are available for children and youth who are unable to live at home and need temporary out-of-home care due to abuse, neglect, homelessness, runaway, or other family crises. These programs offer individualized care that promote the development of emotional, social, educational, and vocational skills. Residential services emphasize family reunification, preparation for independent living, or securing an alternate long-term family placement.
Good Neighbor Community Center
2617 Y St., Lincoln, NE 68503
The Good Neighbor Community Center provides basic needs to over 35,000 low-income individuals a year. Clients need to bring some documents and make appointments to some of the programs.
• Resource page: lists emergency numbers and addresses of pertinent information in Lincoln, such as transportation sites and furniture and clothing stores – http://gncclincoln.org/Resources.php
• Shopping Floor: After meeting with an interviewer and completing the needs assessment, each client may shop for clothing and household goods at no cost. Clients can shop for clothes every 60 days for each member of the family. Appointment is needed.
• Food Programs: Perishables – each Monday and Wednesday, the GNCC distributes food provided by local stores and the Food Bank of Lincoln between 10am-12pm. Non-Perishables – the GNCC distributes food from the city-wide Lincoln Pantry System. The GNCC also distributes food for boxes made from donations received from the community. Clients can receive food every 30 days. Appointment is needed.
• Grandparents Room: Grandparents are invited to shop every other year for their grandchildren during the holiday season. Grandchildren must be 12 years old or younger.
• MOMS: Mothers Offering Moms Support (MOMS) is a caring support group for mothers that teaches skills and gives confidence to moms. The group works on crafts, cooking and parenting skills. MOMS meets the first and third Thursdays of the month during the school year. Babysitting is provided.
• MENA HOPE Project: Provides assistance for persons from the Middle East and North Africa. Classes provided include healthy cooking, citizenship, swimming, and sewing.
• ESL Classes: A teacher from Southeast Community College is on site three times a week to work with level 2 students.
• GED Classes: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening the center provides GED classes in corroboration with Southeast Community College.
• Computer Classes: Offers introductory computer classes; has computer lab where clients can do job searches and work on computer skills. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays between 11am-12pm.
• Diaper Club: Mothers with children 2 years old and younger can receive 12 diapers every month.
• Taxes: GNCC works with Union College to help with tax filing.
• Quilts: Offers new quilts to new families in the country, as well as to victims of fire and other natural disasters.
• Transportation: GNCC sells monthly bus passes for $7.50 to low income families and the HandiVan pass for $15. Proof of eligibility (which is 200% poverty level) and Photo ID is required by Star Tran.
• Crisis Fund: Helps with house eviction notices and shut off notices for electricity and gas. Clients must bring their notices and need to make appointments on Monday or Wednesday at 9.00am.
New American Task Force
P.O. Box 81309, Lincoln, NE 68501
Services: provides good information for new Americans about health care, such as visiting a hospital, ensuring correct prescriptions, etc. Located under the What You Should Know tab, titled Patients.
Health Promotion & Outreach Health Homes
3140 N St., Lincoln, NE 68510
• Provide service in the language of the family
• Answer questions and provide information about pregnancy, infant care, nutrition, immunization, child safety and chronic disease
• Assist families to identify needed services and education through health care providers, ethnic centers and agencies
• Collaborate closely with public health nurses to provide comprehensive health care
•Encourage positive and happy parenting
• African American: 441-6223
• Asian: 441:6227
• Cultural Diversity Specialist: 441-6208
People’s Health Center
1021 N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE 68503
People’s Health Center provides affordable, comprehensive, accessible, culturally appropriate, cost-effective primary health care. The Center will serve people of the Lincoln, Nebraska area, especially those individuals/families with limited resources or with other barriers to health care to improve their overall health status. A translation/interpretation service will be offered soon.
Health Translations Directory
The Health Translations Online Directory enables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find translated health information. Anyone can access the site, so refugees can also find relevant information.
Lincoln Housing Authority
5700 R St., Lincoln NE 68505
Islamic Foundation of Lincoln
This foundation serves the Islamic community in Lincoln. The American Muslims Today group produces a radio program that focuses on sharing issues relevant to the Muslim Community in Lincoln. You can access old shows and other resources at go-amt.net.
Refugee Resettlement Program Jobs
Job Bank for refugees in the Refugee Resettlement Program.
Lincoln Star Tran
710 J St, Lincoln, NE 68508
Schedule Info: 476-1234
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F
320 W P St., Lincoln, NE
Servant Cab Co
320 W P St., Lincoln, NE
Transport Plus of Lincoln
1210 Nance Ave., Lincoln, NE
Allon Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church
2301 Y St., Lincoln, NE 68503
Bethany Christian Church
1645 N. Cotner Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68505
Capitol View SDA Church
17th & A streets, Lincoln, NE
Crestwood Christian Church
8000 A St., Lincoln, NE 68510
CrossBridge Christian Church
2800 CrossBridge Pl., Lincoln, NE 68504
(1 block north of 27th & Enterprise)
East Lincoln Christian Church
7001 Edenton Rd., Lincoln, NE 68516
Eastridge Presbyterian Church
1135 Eastridge Drive, Lincoln, NE 68510
First Christian Church
430 S. 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68508
Havelock Christian Church
6520 Colfax Ave., Lincoln, NE 68507-1898
Piedmont SDA Church
4801 A St., Lincoln, NE 68510-4910
St. Paul United Methodist Church
1144 M St., Lincoln, NE 68501-3068
New Creation SDA Church
6030 S. 58th St., Lincoln, NE 68516
Northside SDA Church
1800 N 73rd, Lincoln, NE
SouthPointe Christian Church
7010 Helen Witt Drive, Lincoln, NE (26th & Pine Lake Road)
Southview Christian Church
2040 S 22nd St., Lincoln, NE 68502-2798