Group Considering Eastern European Community Center
by Yelena Mitrofanova, Extension Educator
In the past decade Lincoln has welcomed many families from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Yugoslavia. The collapse of the former governments in those two countries brought confusion and turmoil. Many people became refugees and were forced to leave their homelands.
Lincoln has many refugees arriving from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Kosovo, Belarus and other Eastern European countries. Many of these new residents of Lincoln are meeting to consider the formation of a community center to serve the needs of these new populations.
Lincoln has a Hispanic Center, an Asian Center, Faces of the Middle East for newly arrived Arabic people and an African Multicultural Center. It seems logical a center should be formed to serve the new arrival of the Eastern Europeans.
A center would help new arrivals make the transition to living in Lincoln. It would assist with employment issues, understanding Lincoln's medical system, finding adequate housing, finding legal or social service assistance, making financial decisions and assisting in other areas that may be confusing.
An Eastern European Community Center could also help preserve traditions and cultures from these countries. Many worry about their traditions being lost and educating their children about their cultures. A center would also be a source of education to other citizens of Lincoln about the cultures of our neighbors.
For more information, contact:
Yelena Mitrofanova, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68528.