Winter 2016  
Opening Doors Newsletter
From your friends at NeighborWorks Lincoln 
 
In This Issue
A Glimpse of Our 30 Years
Building Momentum in the North 27th District
For the Love of Lincoln!
New Faces
Upcoming Events
NWL in the News
Quick Links
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Are you new to the neighborhood? Or maybe you notice a new person moving in next to you? Break the ice with some delicious baked goodies! This is an easy way to meet your neighbors, make a positive first impression, and begin to build a relationship with those around you. Nothing serves as a conversation starter quite like a muffin basket or a plate of cookies and a warm hello!
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A Glimpse of Our 30 Years
Left to right: Former NWL staff member & current Board Treasurer,John Struwe works with a homebuyer. Liberty Village Groundbreaking Ceremony. Volunteer helps with landscaping of community build.











NeighborWorks Lincoln turns 30 in 2016! We wanted to share with you all how we have evolved over the years since NWL's inception in 1986. First known as Neighborhood Housing Services of Lincoln, NWL spent its early years defining its scope and programs and building relationships. By 1993, the organization had a clear direction and plan for revitalization of several inner city neighborhoods.  In 1994, NWL became a charter member of the national NeighborWorks America network which had been established under Title VI of the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1978 as a congressionally chartered non-profit agency dedicated to improving distressed communities. This affiliation with approximately 240 similar organizations allowed NWL to gain access to financial resources, tools, training opportunities, and the experience of hundreds of colleagues around the country.  In 2005, the Lincoln organization began doing business as NeighborWorks Lincoln to maximize the branding advantage of being a NeighborWorks America affiliate.
 
Throughout its years of service, NWL has been a leader in community development. It was the first organization in the nation to establish a homebuilding program for high school students and the first non-profit organization in Nebraska to offer homebuyer education.  Currently, NWL is governed by a fourteen member Board of Directors representing community members, the business and banking industry, and urban development governmental agencies. The organization is funded by many partners, including the City of Lincoln, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the philanthropic community, NeighborWorks America and Lincoln community members. 
 
One of the organization's founders and former Lincoln Mayor, Coleen Seng, recently told us about the catalyst that started it all. "In the 1970s and early 1980s, a need existed for the older neighborhoods to work together and to express themselves for assistance for the deteriorating housing stock, street paving, storm sewer, etc. NeighborWorks Lincoln has filled that need for the past 30 years. My congratulations and best wishes for the next 30 years." Ms. Seng is also a past member of the NeighborWorks Lincoln Board of Directors and a longtime member of the UPCO Neighborhood Association. 
Building Momentum in the North 27th District
New directory brochure for the North 27th District
More exciting projects and programs are ramping up for the N. 27th St. corridor from O St to Holdrege. Earlier in 2015, NeighborWorks Lincoln, along with the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA), Bank of the West, Cornhusker Bank and the City of Lincoln commissioned Hanna-Keelan Associates to study the Clinton and Hartley Neighborhoods. The finished product outlined a number of exciting opportunities and solutions with respect to housing and redevelopment prospects for the commercial corridor of N. 27th St. Find the full study and summary here

One recently completed project was the production of a business directory brochure highlighting more than 70 shops, restaurants and services along the street. These brochures are available at the NWL office, the Visitors Center, and at area shops. Upcoming projects will include a storefront improvement program, a window display project with UNL students, and a fall Ethnic Festival. Come discover all of the exciting things that are offered along the N. 27th District!
For the Love of Lincoln!
Like all of you, we love our great city! Our mission at NeighborWorks Lincoln is to keep Lincoln a safe and prosperous community by revitalizing neighborhoods and promoting homeownership. We are committed to making Lincoln a vibrant city with an exceptional quality of life for all. Our work throughout our 30-year history has been fueled by our passion to help Lincoln be at its best - we do all that we do for the "love of Lincoln."
 
We would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support of our efforts, and we hope you will join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year. There are a number of exciting events planned for 2016, and we will be sharing additional details with you soon. And as we wrap up with this month of love, if you'd like to show your love for NeighborWorks Lincoln and the work that we do, you can do so here, or contact our office. It has been an honor to the serve the Lincoln community for 30 years, and we look forward to serving Lincoln for many more!
New Faces
NeighborWorks Lincoln is excited to announce the appointment of Larry Loomis to its Board of Directors. Loomis has co-owned Awards Unlimited, Inc. since 1977, which serves customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and several other countries abroad. He has served as President of the Blessed Sacrament Church Council as well as the Blessed Sacrament Ushers Club. Larry was introduced to NeighborWorks Lincoln by attending an Opening Doors Event, where he learned about our mission and was able to engage with NWL advocates who had benefited from the programs. After the event, he followed up with NWL CEO, Mike Renken for further discussion about the organization. The rest was history; Loomis says, "I was hooked, name one other program that does so much for the city I grew up in and costs so little. NeighborWorks is one of Lincoln's best kept secrets."

Larry Loomis, Awards Unlimited
Upcoming Events
Opening Doors Event
Please join us at one of our upcoming Opening Doors events, where you can meet staff and volunteers from NWL and learn a little bit more about all of the work we are doing to revitalize the Lincoln community.
 
At these information sessions you'll learn more about our mission and hear firsthand stories from individuals whose lives have been impacted by the work that we do.
 
Opening Doors Events are being held at our brand new training facility on the third Tuesday of the month for one hour with light refreshments provided. The 2016 Opening Door Events will be held on March 15th, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st, July 19th, August 16th, September 20th and October 18th.  Please register here or email Mary Nelson at mary.nelson@nwlincoln.org to reserve your spot today!
 
 
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