Bridges to Hope in Lincoln needs your help this holiday season. The non-profit that helps people recently released from prison make the transition into everyday life is providing furniture and clothing at no cost, but needs donations.
They say with more people coming in to use their services, and a recent decline in donations, they're having trouble providing basic household furnishings and clothing.
Some of their most needed items include beds, couches, dressers, kitchen appliances, and jeans. "We have almost no dressers and we especially need small appliances, microwaves, coffeemakers, and toasters," said Bridges to Hope Volunteer, Mary Barton.
Volunteers like Norman Leach say volunteering for non-profits, like Bridges to Hope, helps integrate former inmates into society.
"One of the major factors toward success is having a support group when you get out, so it's not just the physical things they get here, but the people connections," said Leach. They also hope to keep prison populations down across the state of Nebraska.
"We have 150 percent of capacity in the state prison system, and we have to do something about supporting the people that are coming out so that they don't just turn around and go back in," said Barton.
Bridges to hope has been helped former inmates since 2009. They hope to provide each person with at least $800 worth of items to help them get back on their feet and make a fresh start.
Donations are collected at 3107 S. 6th Street in Lincoln.