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Community Focus: Julie Busekist and People’s City Mission

Craig Marmie and Julie Busekist donating canned goods and water to PCM.
Craig Marmie and Julie Busekist donating canned goods and water to PCM.

About Julie Busekist

Julie is a Personal Insurance Advisor in our Personal Lines Division. In this role, she assists clients with policy renewals, coverage questions, claims assistance and marketing policies. She’s been part of our team for over two years and had already made a huge impact on everyone!

Julie is passionate about helping others and providing good customer service. She takes pride in her knowledge of insurance, ability to provide great customer service and willingness to learn new things.

How long have you been involved with PCM?

I’ve been involved with people’s City Mission for over two years. This is the second year I’ve organized a drive at UNICO.

How did you get involved with PCM?

I heard Pastor Tom from the Mission on the radio. It was going to be a hot week in the 90s and he talked about how they were running low on bottled water for the homeless. I just felt that I needed to do something to help so I started a free will donation to collect water.

How else are you involved with PCM?

I organize various donation drives for water, shoe and coats throughout the year.  I also organize collections in Syracuse, NE for PCM.

What do you enjoy the most?

Knowing that you are helping a family get a meal or someone have clothes for a job interview so they can get on their feet.

How can others get involved?

The Mission always loves to have volunteers. You can volunteer in the kitchen-cooking meals, at their donation center on 70th & O- sorting donations or donate money towards a drive they are having. They have rotating causes and collections throughout the year. It’s never a bad time to start getting involved!

If you are spring cleaning, think of donating your items there first. They don’t charge people to “purchase” the item like the Goodwill does.

About People’s City Mission

People’s City Mission was started in 1907 by local churches, offering food and shelter for transient and impoverished men, women and children.

Today, the People’s City Mission is Lincoln’s primary homeless shelter housing 350 men, women, and children on an average day. PCM provides emergency and transitional housing to both men and families (including single mothers).

The Help Center, opened in 1990, takes the donations our community gives us and distributes them to low-income families within the community for no cost. Here we collect and then distribute food, clothing, household items, furniture, toys, and personal care items.

The PCM Free Medical Clinic opened in July 2009 to provide free medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health care to low-income Lincoln residents without medical insurance. Today the clinic sees more uninsured patients than any other medical provider in Lincoln.