A Lincoln woman brings donations to a woman’s transitional home
A Lincoln woman decides to give back, gathering donations from businesses and neighbors around the city as a transitional home and its owner await final approval from the city council.
A Lincoln woman, Delonie Tankelsy, decides to give back, gathering donations from businesses and neighbors around the city as a transitional home, and its owner await final approval from the city council.
“The overwhelming support it’s just amazing,” said Tina Arsiaga for Connecting Links Transitional Home.
The women-only facility is an alternative to imprisonment. It’s in the Woods Park area near 28th and L streets.
The home houses three women who just left prison or are on probation and it could potentially hold six at a time if the city council approves it.
“We’ll I saw the article on Channel 8 about the women that she’s trying to help out, and I felt very compelled to come and help out,” said Tankelsy.
Tankelsky said she was inspired by her father, who served and helped Lincolnites fight alcohol and drug abuse.
“Growing up, he taught us the importance of community and forgiveness and second chances,” said Tankelsy. “We lost him in December and this is just one of the ways I felt that I could honor his memory.”
One neighbor says some are worried about safety and bringing down property value in the area, and they want more rules to be enforced for the home.
“My concern is the lack of regulation and oversight of these properties,” said Ron Cermy. “Furthermore, there are numerous properties like this popping up all over Lincoln. It’s destroying local family-owned housing in the inner city of Lincoln.”
“We’ve tried to alleviate all the concerns as best we can, truly we have and I think its just time we can come together as a community,” said Arsiaga. “More people are going to be transitioning out in this type of living and so let’s just support it and lift people up.”
Both Tina and Delonie say they will speak to the city council on Monday, July 20.