The population of Lincoln is about 90 percent Christian with more than 200 churches and other places of worship. Two Jewish Temples and two Muslim Mosques are also available in the city, but the vast majority houses of warship are of protestant Christian faiths.
Regardless of faith and beliefs, most of these religious organizations, or organizations affiliated with them, offer services and assistance for those in need. Charitable organizations generally offer their services to anyone who needs or wants it, despite differences in religion, politics or race.
Refugees in Lincoln are already familiar with services from Catholic Social Services and Lutheran Family Services. Thousands of non-Christian families and have been helped by these two services alone, and they are but just two of the many organizations who are eager to help people in need.
Charitable and non-profit organizations can help with a broad range of things. Some offer job and computer training. Or help arrange discounted bus passes or other forms of transportation. Some help with complicated government forms, such as welfare and Medicare applications. Others provide for some of our most basic human needs such food, clothing, shelter and health care.
Several of these organizations have come together to form the New Americans Task Force, which meets monthly to discuss problems and solutions facing the immigrant and refugee communities. The Task Force recently collaborated with Mosaic to produce a series of videos about avoiding and treating bed bug infestations. The videos are avaiable in five different languages on the Mosaic YouTube channel. DVD versions are also available at the Center for People in Need and the Asian Community and Cultural Center.
A list of helpful resources and organizations can be found here.
A good place for anyone to start is the Center for People in Need. The Center has access to several translators…read more
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