The are many reasons why Lincoln is consistently listed as one of the top places to live in the United States. Sure, Nebraska's Capitol City offers good jobs and solid schools...but my personal favorite reason for living in Lincoln is the people.
We take care of each other and nobody knows that better than Randy Hand. Randy is pretty handy in the kitchen as he helps prepare more than 600 meals a day at the People's City Mission, "It's always been my way of life, it's how I've always succeeded, it's how I made a living."
But living has always been easy for this 50 year old, "I got into trouble with alcohol, dope, a lot of marijuana, a lot of stealing."
In 1997, Randy's substance abuse cost him his job as a line cook at Perkins, "Along with that, I lost my home and took to living on the streets."
Randy lost all hope, "Then I just decided that something has gotta happen in my life, somethings gonna change or I'm just gonna die."
For nearly a year, Randy slept under a bridge in northeast Lincoln, but today, Randy has his own apartment thanks to a lot of perseverance and the People's City Mission. The mission's mission to serve the homeless gave Randy the opportunity to straighten his life out, "I started doing a lot of prayer, a lot of prayer and then I turned to Cornhusker Place for help, which is a treatment facility, and I spent 14 months there and then I came to the People's City Mission to the Curtis Center."
Last year alone, the Mission helped more than 32,000 people in the Capital City. And they did it courtesy of the kind hearts of Lincolnites.
In 2012, the Mission was blessed to receive more than 14,000 volunteer hours and monetary donations from more than 35,000 families.