Family Needs

The Indian Center's Family Needs Program specializes in providing help for individual and family needs to persons residing within the city of Lincoln. In lieu of direct financial assistance, staff will provide information and referrals to other agencies that can help. We link families to other organizations and maintain lines of communication by finding contacts, helping with phone calls or online forms, letters of verification or support, sending and receiving faxes, and general advice and questions. If someone finds themselves in a tough situation, we do our best to point them in the right direction.

Emergency assistance (help with eviction notices, utility disconnect notices, fuel vouchers for out-of-town emergencies such as funerals, escaping domestic violence, homelessness, etc.). Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to the availability of funds.
We also have newborn baby layettes and bedding available and can order clothing for other infant sizes (from Sewing for Babies).  
Diapers, clothing, and personal hygiene products are available whenever we have them on-hand, but supply varies.

Ride for $8.00 - If your household is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Rate, you can now purchase a StarTran 31-consecutive-day bus pass for $8.00 ($15 HandiVan for eligible patrons).

Seasonal programming:
January-April 15: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free e-filing for low-income filers and basic income tax returns. The Indian Center charges no fees and receives no portion of filers' income tax returns or reimbursement for supplies or labor from other sources.
May/June/July: Fans are available for low-income people, the elderly and people with disabilities through the Family Needs Department. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides reimbursement funds for the fans.  Other agencies in the community also get funding reimbursement through the same program, and families are asked to be mindful of program limits and seek fans at only one location. Statewide databases are utilized to prevent duplication (this is unfair and hurts everyone in the end). Budget cuts this year primarily affect the LIHEAP utility expense element, and only homes with persons over age 70 or with a medically-documented need for air conditioning will be able to get help with seasonal cooling costs. It is anticipated that there will be an increase in the number of persons asking for help with electricity bills due to this factor, but regretfully the Indian Center too is lacking funds to help pay these bills.
Low-income Swim Discount cards generally become available after Memorial Day.
November: Sign up for holiday gift programs for children up to age 14. We currently utilize Toys for Tots and Operation Santa in the Lincoln community. Each child will receive 2-3 gifts if eligible for both programs (and not signed up through other area agencies).
December: Late sign-ups for the Christmas holiday programs. This is limited and children will likely only receive 1-2 items.

This program is funded primarily by private donations, with strong reliance on community partnerships and networking.

Indian Center Inc.
Phone: 1-402-438-5231
Fax: 1-402-438-5236
1100 Military Road, Lincoln, NE 68508