Milestones of Our Success

Making a difference in Lincoln since 2003

We’ve witnessed a lot of change in our 20+ years. It started with our founder’s vision of fighting food insecurity and grew from there – to bigger quarters, game-changing partnerships. Today we enter our second 20 years with the mission and the means to help all our neighbors reach their long-term goals for economic independence.


The Center for People opens in a house on Holdrege Street, bringing to life the vision of our founder, Beatty Brasch. From here, truckloads of household and office goods were provided to local families and nonprofits.


We move into our current North 27th street headquarters. With 80,000 square feet of space, this new-to-us location provides the elbow room to launch food distribution, education, and training programs 


Together with Southeast Community College, we launch the People Obtaining Prosperity (POP) Scholarship Program. POP helps students achieve their higher education goals with scholarships and wraparound supports to ensure success.


The Center for People introduces English Language Learning classes (ELL) for new Americans and refugees.


  • Our first year receiving support from the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County.
  • Together with Nebraska Corrections, we launch the Opening Doors program (formerly Trade) to offer people a smoother transition to life beyond incarceration.
  • Chris Funk is named our new Executive Director.


After years of leadership and service, our founder Beatty Brasch steps back from day-to-day operations.  


Center for People celebrates its 15 Year Anniversary 


We officially begin distributing diapers to help parents throughout Lincoln meet the high costs of keeping babies clean, dry, and healthy 


When other local agencies are forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we reimagine our distribution as a drive-thru process so we can continue providing diapers and food.


  • EduTech program is launched, offering no-cost online training programs for entry-level Information Technology careers. 
  • Center resumes indoor food and diaper distribution, and in-person classes.


  • Chris Funk retires; Macala Carter is named new Executive Director in July. 
  • Center for People officially recognized as the Food Bank of Lincoln’s largest distributor of food in the Lincoln-Lancaster area. 


  • Center for People becomes an official Diaper Bank of Nebraska partner


  • Our name officially changes from Center for People in Need to Center for People, reflecting our growing mission and operation to help people move beyond meeting immediate needs and toward sustained economic independence


  • In August, the first ever People’s Parking Lot Party is hosted on our property next to our new operating space, facing 27th street.  


  • Talent Marketplace and H3 program launched 
  • Food Innovation program launched. 

Helpful Hands

“I was visiting the Center for food when someone told me SNAP qualifications had changed. They set me up with an appointment for Client Assistance, and Salim walked me through the whole application.



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