The Carol Yoakum Family Resource Center opened its doors in April, 1995. Its purpose is to provide family support to residents of the neighborhoods of northwest Lincoln. With over 6,600 square feet, the center provides a variety of programs to serve families. Over the years, the programs have continued to change to meet the needs of families in the area. Today, the center offers a variety of family support services, including:
Early Childhood Development Center operated by Parkview Child Development Services serving infants to school-age children, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friends with Food distribution program, providing free food through the USDA Commodities program and the Food Bank of Lincoln on the fourth Monday of the month, 5:00-6:00 p.m. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Clothing Closet providing free clothes, toys, and small household items to anyone in need, available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Reduced-Cost Bus Passes for low-income individuals, regular passes at $8 each and Handi-Van passes at $16 each. Passes are sold Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Senior Coffee Club on Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m., speakers and presentations on a variety of subjects are on the first and third Wednesday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m.
Computer Center providing free high-speed internet access on two computers with printing capabilities.
Youth Programs including a variety of extended learning opportunities through the Arnold Community Learning Center and the Expanding Horizons summer enrichment program. Free summer breakfast and lunch are also served at the Family Resource Center through the Summer Food Program beginning in early June.
Other services including conference room for neighborhood meetings, chapel rental for private parties and church services, and substation for the Lincoln Police Department.
In 2005, Lincoln Housing Authority became the lead agency for the Arnold School Community Learning Center (CLC). The CLC contracts with Lincoln Parks and Recreation to provide quality, affordable before- and after-school programs at Arnold Elementary School. Academic enrichment clubs are also offered at the school at no charge. Other services and activities include family night events, family support programs, and neighborhood outreach through the NW 48th Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC48). The primary goals of the CLC are to improve student learning and youth development, strengthen and support families, and strengthen and engage neighborhoods.
The Carol Yoakum Family Resource Center Coordinator also serves as the Arnold CLC Site Coordinator.