Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. Stephen Center has served homeless and low-income men, women and children in Omaha since 1984. The organization was founded by Sharon and Dick McNeil, who determined a distinct need to focus on those living in poverty in south Omaha. To that end, Stephen Center serves individuals and families through four distinct programs:
HERO Program: The HERO Program is a CARF-accredited, 64 bed state licensed substance abuse treatment program assisting those who have made a commitment to overcome the life-destroying effects of drugs, alcohol and co-occurring mental illness. The facility was purposefully designed as a combination low-income housing and a substance abuse treatment center focusing on homeless and low-income individuals. The treatment center is capable of housing 32 men and 32 women.
Thrift Store: The Thrift Store provides jobs and job training to Stephen Center clients, plus vouchers for clients to shop for clothing and other items. All proceeds from sales to the community directly support Stephen Center’s mission and programs.
Pettigrew Emergency Shelter: Stephen Center’s new emergency shelter opened January 2015, and advances the shelter’s distinct reputation for treating every individual with dignity and respect while maintaining a sober and drug-free environment. Within 72 hours of arrival, every shelter client meets with a Stephen Center case worker to develop and implement a plan for success to emerge from homelessness and regain independence and stability.
Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments: For the first time in Stephen Center’s history, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) apartments are part of the campus. PSH apartments comply with HUD Housing Quality Standards, and are designed to develop and provide housing and voluntary access to supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent, supportive living. The opportunity exists to live in a stable environment, increase life skills and income, and gain control over decisions that impact personal and familial needs. There are 61 PSH units for rent to those who meet income and disability standards.