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Help YOUR Community Champion

There is only one thing as good as making a difference in your community – helping your community champion who goes above and beyond to inspire and make lives better. Royal Neighbors members have a unique opportunity to support local community champions by nominating them for a Nation of Neighbors℠ empowerment grant. 

Fresh Start offers women a fresh start

Sep 21, 2018
Photo of Amy Jones, Monica Zinke (grant recipient) and Cynthia Peterson (nominator)
Shown above, left to right, are Amy Jones, Royal Neighbors Director of Philanthropy; Monica Zinke, Nation of Neighbors℠ grant recipient; and Cynthia Peterson, nominator.

Monica Zinke, Executive Director of Fresh Start Home, has an unwavering dedication to making the Lincoln, Nebraska, community stronger by helping those at a disadvantage or in the most need. Fresh Start empowers homeless women to attain self-sufficiency by giving them a safe, structured and alcohol and drug-free environment along with supportive services. Proceeds from The Daisy Thrift Store, operated by volunteers, supports the Home. With the $10,000 grant, residents will benefit from the growth of the store and staff and equipment resources.

The importance of getting clothing from The Daisy goes beyond just the financial benefit. Monica shared how one resident said she “came in with nothing but the clothes on her back and desperation.” Afterwards she felt beautiful and valuable. The women are touched that people care enough to donate nice things for them. Fresh Start and The Daisy will now further empower more women to live healthier lives as mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and community neighbors.

Nation of Neighbors℠, Royal Neighbors’ signature program to empower women, provides financial assistance to individuals who have a plan to start or expand a business, an organization or group that helps women and girls. Nearly $2 million has been awarded since 2007.

Form #: P00325 Rev. 9-2018
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Form #: P00339; Rev. 11-2019