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Poverty Doesn't Have to Be Permanent

We offer both short-term solutions and long-term strategies
to help people in need overcome poverty.

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Poverty Is on the Rise

The number of people living in poverty in Lincoln has increased approximately 45 percent over the past decade.

More than 15 percent of Lincoln residents live at or below the federal poverty line. Several neighborhoods in Lincoln are experiencing extreme poverty, with 40 percent or more of residents in these areas living below the poverty line. 


Help for Life's Journey

"We walk with our Pathway of Hope clients one small, manageable step at a time, laying out a plan with achievable goals, advising them, counseling them and praying with them, with the ultimate goal being to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty." - Clarice Mackey, director of social services


How We Help Overcome Poverty

Pathway of Hope
The goal of Pathway of Hope is to guide families with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. We offer strengths-based casework, providing services such as:

  • financial counseling and planning
  • goal setting with manageable action steps
  • job training, referrals and employment assistance
  • assistance with securing housing and childcare
  • emotional and spiritual support 

Pathway of Hope works with people where they are, offering practical guidance to help families overcome obstacles and achieve their big-picture goals, one step at a time.

Material & Utility Assistance & Seasonal Services
We serve low- to no-income individuals and families by providing household items, prescription medications, diapers, gas, clothing, laundromat vouchers, utilities and rent assistance, and funds for car and home repairs or medical expenses. Seasonal services include the Summer Fan Program, Back to School Backpack Program and Christmas and Thanksgiving Assistance.

No one should have to choose between heating their home during the frigid winter months and putting food on the table, and yet, sadly, many are forced to make that very choice. That's why we are grateful to work with Black Hills Energy to offer utility assistance via HeatShare funds. Learn more about HeatShare.

Each year, approximately 300 households receive utility assistance and more than 850 families receive holiday assistance such as toys, gifts, winterwear and food baskets.

Food Programs
We offer a number of food programs, including a pantry and a mobile food distribution program during the winter.

Other Ways We Meet Needs