Whether it's the gift of a dining room table so that a family doesn't have to eat together on the floor, blankets and clothing for a newborn baby, or a food package to make meals stretch through to payday, the Indian Center is a place that hundreds of people from the Lincoln community and beyond have found to come for help. We aren't an emergency shelter, but people will show up at our doorstep with nothing, seeking direction and any guidance we can offer.
When a single mom hastily relocated to Lincoln to escape an abusive situation, she arrived and found that she was able to receive from the Indian Center a can of formula and diapers for her baby, a bus pass free of charge to look for a job, and some assorted clothing and household items. The children were able to sign up for Christmas programs to receive gifts despite arriving after most holiday program deadlines. The family now regularly attends free cultural events at the Indian Center on the weekends for cultural and social enrichment. Completing the circle, her three oldest children have begun to volunteer their time to help our causes.
Our annual powwow in August is a great way for people to get in touch with their own Native American roots, or get some exposure to a culture different than their own, without even leaving the city of Lincoln. We thank you for your contributions.