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Feeding the Soul of the City

Matt Talbot Presents the 14th Annual “Feeding the Soul of the City” on March 28, 2019

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach will honor the 2019 Compassion in Action Award recipients at the “Feeding the Soul of the City” dinner and fundraising event on March 28th at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. This year’s winners are Paul Mitchell The School Lincoln and CEDARS Youth Services/Street Outreach Program.

Instructors and future professionals from Paul Mitchell The School Lincoln come to Matt Talbot each month to provide free haircuts to the homeless and near homeless. Since starting this service in 2013, they have provided more than 2,000 haircuts! They also participate in Project Homeless Connect each year - providing nearly 200 haircuts in one day at the 2018 event. The stylists are kind and compassionate, and the services they provide go a long way in restoring dignity, confidence and hope to the homeless and near homeless in our community.

CEDARS, founded over 70 years ago, partners with Matt Talbot in many ways to help families and at-risk children and youth. A CEDARS professional has taught the “Parenting” class in Matt Talbot’s Life Skills curriculum for fifteen years, helping hundreds of individuals build parenting skills and develop stronger families. CEDARS staff members come to Matt Talbot on a regular basis to offer assistance to homeless and at-risk youth, are one of five public doors for persons who are homeless, and are committed members of the Lincoln Homeless Coalition Coordinated Entry team. 

All are welcome to join us in celebrating these wonderful community partners. “Feeding the Soul of the City” starts at 5:30 pm with a social hour and silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 pm. All money raised supports Matt Talbot’s continued outreach and support of the homeless, near homeless and hungry in Lincoln. 


"Compassion in Action" Award Winners

Individual Category

  • Greg Ernst - 2018
  • Ram Bishu- 2017
  • Jim & Mary Love - 2016
  • Joyce Champoux - 2015
  • Bill & Pat Lundak - 2014
  • Gene ”Woody” Woodhead - 2013
  • Senator Mike Johanns and Stephanie Johanns - 2012
  • Tony Ojeda - 2011
  • Mary Costello-2010
  • Scott Young-2009
  • Ruth McKinstry-2008
  • Liz Hertel-2007
  • Mary Jo Bousek-2006

Collaboration Category

  • Paul Mitchell - The School - 2019
  • CEDARS Youth Services/Street Outreach Program - 2019
  • SNAP Outreach Program: Food Bank of Lincoln and DHHS Children & Family Services Division - 2018
  • Dennis Hoffman-CenterPointe-2017
  • Beatty Brasch and the Center for People in Need - 2016
  • Southwood Lutheran Church - 2015
  • Clinic With A Heart - 2014
  • Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department - 2013
  • The Lincoln Police Department Center Team - 2012
  • Wynn Hjermstad & Dave Landis, City Urban Development Dept. - 2011
  • First Plymouth Congregational Church -2010
  • Lincoln Housing Authority and Consumer Credit Counselors -2009
  • Union College Nursing & Physician Assistant Program-2008
  • Community Health Endowment of Lincoln-2007
  • Eye Surgical Associates, Lens Crafters, & Professional Eye Care – 2006