People’s City Mission Distribution Center to relocate

By: Cole Miller

The People's City Mission here in Lincoln is moving one of their biggest services to a new location. It all comes as part of the city's plan to redevelop a part of downtown.

The line outside of the People's City Mission's Homeless Prevention Center at 21st and “N” street stretches all the way around. It's a service thousands of people depend on here in Lincoln.

“I know a couple people that have nothing at home. Nothing. No sofa, no bed, no food sometimes. This place is better for those people. They have everything you want here,” said Dilshad Mohammed of Lincoln.

When Executive Director, Tom Barber, learned the city wanted to redevelop the area around them with the Antelope Valley Project. He knew it was time to start looking for a new place. They'll be moving into a building at 26th and “O” Street.

“The new store will actually have a store inside. So, when folks shop, instead of being a garage, it'll be like a store. It'll be a lot more dignified and I think they're going to enjoy it a lot more. We're very excited about it,” said Tom Barber.

Barber says each year, the Mission helps about 20,000 people, including nearly 8,000 children. Not everyone comes off the street though. Some people, like Tom Aguirre, have simply fallen on hard times and need a little help.

“I know the new location will be very convenient for me as well as this on is to get the services they provide for me here. So, it's really important to me that they continue staying downtown,” said Aguirre.

And while it looks like there's plenty to go around, Barber says things go quickly. They'll take just about anything you're getting rid of and give it to someone in need. “When you give to the Mission, one of the near things is all of the stuff stays here. Its local impact is major,” said Barber.

Barber says the biggest challenge with the move will be spreading the word and making sure everyone knows about it. He hopes to have the new center up and running by July 1st and you'll still be able to drop off donated items at the new location.