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WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER

New families are always arriving! 

We partner with Restoring Dignity to provide a fresh start in a clean, fully stocked, home.  Donations can be dropped at our shared storage unit every Tuesday evening, or you can contact us to schedule a pickup.  Check this page out for more details if you’re not sure what is acceptable: Give This, Not That

We partner with Benson Area Refugee Taskforce for clothing donations.  Please contact them first if you plan to donate clothing only (without household items or furniture).  It really does take a village, and we are working hard to collaborate with other organizations to specialize in order to stretch all of our service resources. 

We appreciate you! 

To schedule a pickup: info@refugeeempowerment.org

To drop off at Lockbox Storage directly:

  • Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • 301 S. 74th Street, Omaha, NE, 68114
  • Follow instructions on the Restoring Dignity sign when you arrive

GENTLY USED ITEMS 

  • Kitchen Supplies 
  • Pots & Pans 
  • Glasses & mugs 
  • Silverware 
  • Plates 
  • Bowls 
  • Can openers 
  • Spatulas 
  • Serving utensils 
  • Serving trays 
  • Tea sets 

Household Goods 

  • Lamps 
  • Trash cans 
  • Laundry baskets 
  • Towels – dish, hand & bath 
  • Tools 
  • Hangers 
  • Dressers 
  • Kitchen table & chairs 
  • Couches 

NEW SUPPLIES 

  • Maintenance Supplies 
  • Kitchen & bath cleansers 
  • Sponges 
  • Paper towels 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Light bulbs 
  • Trash bags 
  • Mop & bucket 
  • Broom & dust pan 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Dish soap 

Toiletries 

  • Soap 
  • Shampoo & conditioner 
  • Deodorant 
  • Toothbrushes & paste 
  • Razors 
  • Maxi pads (no tampons, please) 
  • Lotion 
  • Brushes, combs 
  • Baby powder 

Refugees come to America for one reason only – safety. These are mothers, fathers, children (more than half are children), all fleeing war and/or persecution.  They are in our country legally, seeking only a safe haven.  Many people have spent years in refugee camps prior to arrival and have limited material possessions.  Contrary to popular belief, there is no financial safety net for resettled refugees in the U.S. – they are expected to pay their own way, from the airfare to get here to the bills that immediately start piling up.  Donations are necessary to meet their basic needs upon arrival here in America.  And as good, kindhearted Nebraskans, we can help them. 

Your donation can provide newcomers with the clothes our climate of four seasons requires, the cleaning supplies our American-style homes require, the toiletry items that may otherwise be considered an out-of-reach luxury.  You might be giving kids the first toy that is all theirs and theirs alone.  A mom the softest bed she’s ever gotten to actually, truly rest upon.  A grandpa with a sore back his first recliner.  Everything you donate contributes to a life being changed.  They’re not asking for a lot.  Just a chance. And in Omaha, we pitch in and help when people need it. We know that our community is stronger when everyone succeeds – together.