We had another successful year of donations going to this year’s project recipient – the LifeHouse, located in Fremont, NE. Care Corps Family Services and Low-Income Ministry are located in Fremont. These agencies formed a strategic partnership to legally become Care Corps, Inc., effective August 1, 2018. This partnership offers services under LifeHouse. Monetary donations exceeded $2,000 this year, along with two vehicles loaded with goods, a wonderful collection from our generous clients. Once again, we thank all of clients who participated this year!
History of Care Corps Family Services
After purchasing a motel that had been abandoned for more than ten years several community groups restored and readied the shelter. In 1996, Care Corps, Inc. opened its emergency shelter doors and since then, the nonprofit has continued to grow. Ten years later, in December 2006, the dilapidated motel-turned-charity was demolished. Hundreds of generous community donors had made it possible for Care Corps to rebuild on the same site and they more than doubled their capacity with the purchase of an adjacent parcel of land. Care Corps Family Services operates housing programs and services, including a 24-hour a day 60-bed emergency shelter, providing a safe and secure environment for those in need. Case management, Therapy, and Life Skills programming are the core of their mission statement.
History of Low-Income Ministry
Low Income Ministry started in 1972 by church ladies who asked for gifts of clothing to help meet some community family’s needs. In 1983 the food pantry was added. Around 1993 a permanent building was purchased in downtown Fremont. Remodeling took place and now, with further building additions, this building houses an office area, a clothing center, a clothing receiving area, a large sized food pantry, a garage for a truck, plus storage for seasonal clothing and large quantities of foods. The Food Pantry provides access to nutritious food to low income families. It also has provided budgeting assistance, benefits assistance, community response, central navigation, employability assistance, case management, basic needs assistance, school supplies, box fans, clothing, housewares, and hygiene items to those in need.
For more information about LifeHouse – see their website:
Prior year fund raisers include:
- 2019 project – 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.
- 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.