In the News
December 2013 Cookies, Cocoa, and Santa Cookies, cocoa and Santa! Our Stephen Center emergency shelter kids and their families enjoyed a wonderful time December 1 making ornaments, decorating trees, eating cookies, drinking cocoa . . . and meeting Santa! Thanks to Stephen Center’s Guild for organizing this fun afternoon.
November 2013 Our Lady of Lourdes Thanksgiving Mass Stephen Center’s Chief Development Officer, Carole Patrick, attended Thanksgiving Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes School November 26 and was presented with a check for over $2,200 by Principal Bill Kelly and Father Pietramale. Sincere thanks to the students and staff at Our Lady of Lourdes who raised money for Stephen Center through their Walk for the Homeless and other fundraising efforts.
October 2013 Halloween 2013 Kids from Stephen Center’s emergency shelter enjoyed trick or treating at several locations + judging the pumpkin carving contest held at the HERO Program. Special thanks go to Hy-Vee #11 at 180th and Pacific for stepping in with last minute pumpkin donations! Tally Mertes, Jill Magers, CJ Hill and Mike Seevers at Hy-Vee – you made many Stephen Center clients and children happy with your very kind donation.
Walk for the Homeless HUGE thanks to students, staff and their families at Our Lady of Lourdes School for sponsoring a Walk For the Homeless on October 13. Stephen Center is so grateful for your support of our mission!
July 2013 The Stephen Center Emergency shelter is MOVING!!! While our new building is going up, the Emergency Shelter is temporarily relocating to the school behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 36 & Q. The exact address is 5301 South 36th Street. We anticipate being there about 14 months while our new facility is being built. The shelter phone number remains the same, 402-731-0238. We will still provide the same quality of service to those who are homeless and facing poverty! Important information: If you have items to donate to the shelter please take them to the Stephen Center Thrift Store located at 5128 South 24th Street. The staff and volunteers there will sort the items and make sure things get to the shelter for residents use. If you have food items, canned good or already prepared food you make take them directly to St. Mary’s for immediate use. Thank you for your patience! We know you will be as excited as we are to be in a brand new facility! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Omaha moves from homeless shelters to apartments By Erin Grace, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER View full article here. Homeless shelters fill up in the heat By Emma Murray, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER View full article here. Donated turkeys deluge shelter Published Thursday November 24, 2011 By Christopher Burbach, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER They came in cars and trucks and minivans. From all around town, they rolled up to the Stephen Center homeless shelter and opened their tailgates, their passenger doors, their trunks, and emerged bearing frozen turkeys… View full article here. Turkeys slow to arrive to shelters Published Friday November 18, 2011 By Christopher Burbach, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER Turkey’s not only for Thanksgiving at the Stephen Center in South Omaha. Gobblers given in November become gifts that keep giving for 52 weeks a year, helping feed the nightly population of about 100 at the center’s homeless shelter, and the 64 next door in an addiction treatment program… View full article here.
Profiles in Caring
Equitable Life and Casualty, a Salt Lake City-based insurance company has awarded Stephen Center the “Ambassador of Caring Award”. “An Ambassador of Caring is a very special person or organization – one where people give of themselves, but they do it in such a way that it is not charity work,” said Rod Ross, Chairman and CEO of Equitable Life and Casualty. “It’s taking the time and effort to teach others how they can help themselves.” Stephen Center “Ambassadors of Caring” Award Videos: