We had another successful year of donations going to this year’s project recipient – the Heart Ministry Center. Their services were needed more than ever this year, with the pandemic and those in need. Monetary donations exceeded $6500 this year, along with a truck load of goods, setting another record for collections from our wonderfully generous clients. Once again, we thank all of clients who participated this year!
The Heart Ministry Center’s mission is straightforward: Providing food, healthcare and a way forward to people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area. The Heart Ministry Center originated nearly 40 years ago as the Sacred Heart Human Needs Door Ministry. Beginning in 1982, under the leadership of Father Jim Scholz and Sr. Mary Ann Murphy, the Door Ministry provided food, clothing and other basic needs for neighbors and families of children enrolled at Sacred Heart School. In 1997, the ministry moved to a building at 31st and Spaulding Street and became known as the Heart Ministry Center.
The Center has gone through many changes and has had much growth since its beginning. In 2005 a new building was constructed and in 2007 it became a fully independent 501(c)3 organization. The Center became Omaha’s first “choice” food pantry allowing clients to select their own foods. It also started providing services, by partnering with Creighton University, for single mothers to receive free basic medical care.
Beginning in 2010, the Center expanded healthcare services, developed a group mentoring program for at-risk youth, added free legal services, opened a dental clinic and introduced social work and case management services. In 2019, the Center provided services to an average of 11,000 people per month.
For more information about Heart Ministry Center – see their website:
Prior year fund raisers include:
- 2018 project – Scatter Joy Acres – The ranch is presently home to more than 100 animals and SJA provides animal therapy for the developmentally disabled, seniors and veterans both at the ranch and on-site at many other facilities in and around the metro Omaha area. At the ranch, the animals serve as an integral part of the on-going mission of providing therapeutic interaction for developmentally disabled and autistic children, seniors, veterans, and at-risk children
- 2017 project –Together Inc. is a local, independent non-profit group that was initially conceived in response to the tornado disaster that struck the metropolitan area in 1975 and left hundreds of families homeless, hungry and in great need. The leaders of many local churches organized the “Together” cooperative effort to meet the immediate needs of the hundreds of families that were struggling with the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter.
- 2016 dual projects – The Rainbow House in Omaha and The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. The Rainbow House is a valuable housing resource that provides a welcoming option to families who live more than 60 miles from Omaha and is for families that have children undergoing care at Children’s Hospital. The Seeing Eye’s mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs.
- 2015 Victory Apartments – The Victory Apartments offer affordable housing to our Nations Veterans who are in need of financial assistance
- 2014 Project Hope – Provides both food and clothing to people in need
- 2013 Big Brother Big Sisters of the Midlands – The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
- 2012 Siena/Francis House – They operate an overnight shelter, serves daily meals and provides clothing and outreach services for homeless men, women and children.