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Posted on May 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

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.

General

Catholic Social Services: Refugee Services, Lincoln

Binh Nguyen

2241 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: (402) 474-1600, 800-981-8242

Fax: (402) 474-1610

Email: csshope@catholic.org

http://www.dioceseoflincoln.org/green/Offices_soc_lincoln_refugee.htm

 

Lutheran Refugee Services

2900 O Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: (402) 435-2910

Fax: (402) 435-2949

http://www.lfsneb.org/aboutlfs/locations/lincolnrefugee.asp

Services:

• English classes

• Cultural orientation

• Employment services

• Appointments with the Health Department and Social Services

 

Asian Community & Cultural Center

2615 O St., Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402-477-3446

http://www.lincolnasiancenter.org/

Services:

• 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

Email: eacic@communityactionatwork.org

http://www.communityactionatwork.org/

Services:

• 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

Email: info@lincolnliteracy.org

www.lincolnliteracy.org

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.

Services:

• 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)

Fax: 402-437-8833

Email: info@cedars-kids.org

http://www.cedarskids.org/index.html?PHPSESSID=95af8606d2c6ad761f4dd8cfc87700f0

Services:

• 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

Phone: 402-477-4173

Fax: 402-477-4174

http://gncclincoln.org/

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.

Services:

• 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.

 

Health Care

 

New American Task Force

P.O. Box 81309, Lincoln, NE 68501

Phone: 402-441-4944

http://www.mti.newamericanstaskforce.org/

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

Phone: 402-441-6207

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/educat/hlthyhom.htm

Services:

Outreach Coordinators:

• 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

Outreach Staff:

• African American: 441-6223

• Asian: 441:6227

• Cultural Diversity Specialist: 441-6208

 

People’s Health Center

1021 N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE 68503

Phone: 402-476-1455

http://www.phclincoln.org/

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

http://www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcht.nsf

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.

 

Miscellaneous

 

Lincoln Housing Authority

5700 R St., Lincoln NE 68505

Phone: 402-434-5500

Fax: 402-434-5502

E-mail: webmaster@l-housing.com

http://www.l-housing.com/

 

Islamic Foundation of Lincoln

http://ifol.org/

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

http://jobs.summerjobsection.com/a/jobs/find-jobs/qRefugee+Resettlement+Program

Job Bank for refugees in the Refugee Resettlement Program.

 

Transportation

 

Lincoln Star Tran

710 J St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Schedule Info: 476-1234

Phone: 441-7185

Fax: 441-7055

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

E-mail: StarTranInfo@lincoln.ne.gov

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/pworks/startran/

 

Capital Cab

320 W P St., Lincoln, NE

402-477-6074

 

Servant Cab Co

320 W P St., Lincoln, NE

402-477-4111

 

Transport Plus of Lincoln

1210 Nance Ave., Lincoln, NE

402-730-7303

 

Churches

 

Allon Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church

2301 Y St., Lincoln, NE 68503

Phone: 402-476-7014

http://allonchapel.com/

 

Bethany Christian Church

1645 N. Cotner Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68505

Phone: 402-466-1957

http://www.bethanychristianlincoln.org/

 

Capitol View SDA Church

17th & A streets, Lincoln, NE

Phone: 402-476-7922

http://www.capitolviewchurch.org/

 

Crestwood Christian Church

8000 A St., Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402-488-5372

http://www.ccclincoln.com/

 

CrossBridge Christian Church

2800 CrossBridge Pl., Lincoln, NE 68504

(1 block north of 27th & Enterprise)

Phone: 402-438-6443

Email: crossbridgeoffice@windstream.net

http://www.crossbridge.info/

 

East Lincoln Christian Church

7001 Edenton Rd., Lincoln, NE 68516

Phone: 402-486-4673

http://www.elcchurch.org/

 

Eastridge Presbyterian Church

1135 Eastridge Drive, Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone: 402-488-7844

http://www.eastridge.org/

 

First Christian Church

430 S. 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402-475-4289

Fax: 402-475-4280

office@fcclincoln.org

http://www.fcclincoln.org/

 

Havelock Christian Church

6520 Colfax Ave., Lincoln, NE 68507-1898

Phone: 402-466-2675

 

Piedmont SDA Church

4801 A St., Lincoln, NE 68510-4910

Phone: 402-489-1344

http://lincolnpiedmontpark22.adventistchurchconnect.org/

 

St. Paul United Methodist Church

1144 M St., Lincoln, NE 68501-3068

Phone: 402-477-6951

Fax: 402-477-5013

E-mail: info@saintpaulumc.org

http://www.saintpaulumc.org/

 

New Creation SDA Church

6030 S. 58th St., Lincoln, NE 68516

Email: newcreationsda@gmail.com

http://lincolnnewcreation22.adventistchurchconnect.org/

 

Northside SDA Church

1800 N 73rd, Lincoln, NE

Phone: 402-464-6575

http://lincolnnorthside.org/

 

SouthPointe Christian Church

7010 Helen Witt Drive, Lincoln, NE (26th & Pine Lake Road)

Phone: 402-420-2750

http://southpointecc.org/

 

Southview Christian Church

2040 S 22nd St., Lincoln, NE 68502-2798

Phone: 402-475-6756


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