This morning we went down to present the 11,100.00 check to the Lincoln Nebraska Peoples City Mission homeless shelter.
After the check presentation we got a tour of the People City Mission from Pastor Tom. The place is pretty amazing for a homeless shelter.
To start with over 90% of their money comes from private donations. They refuse to take government money in most situations because of the bureaucratic strings that come attached. Pastor Tom said, “the government has a certain way they like to do things and its not our way. We are an entrepreneurial homeless shelter. We have been running on private money for over 100 years and we make each dollar go a long way.” Over 80% of every dollar contributed goes directly to its occupants. That is a pretty insane margin for a homeless shelter.
As we continued the tour i was amazed at how much stuff they do in addition to just providing shelter to homeless people. They have a full health care clinic including surgery center and even dentists. All of this care is 100% free to ALL CITIZENS OF LANCASTER COUNTY who are uninsured!
That blew me out of the water. We have better than “universal health” care running right here in Lincoln Nebraska and its all run by a private organization and private money.
I honestly did not know that much about the Peoples City Mission other then I have a good friend who’s mother is a resident there but I am sure glad we choose it for our benefactor!