How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Crisis

A shelter guest practices good hand washing techniques. 



May 15, 2020 – With 96% of COVID-19 tests processed from Monday, May 11 agency-wide testing, Stephen Center received notification of two additional confirmed positive cases. These additional positives are clients in the HERO program, bringing the total Stephen Center case count to six – five HERO clients and one staff member.

Following the advice of the Douglas County Health Department, Stephen Center will continue its quarantine through May 23. As a precaution, the National Guard will return to campus next week to retest staff and clients.

We are pleased with the low occurrence of COVID-19 on our campus to date, while remaining vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since mid-March, our staff have done an amazing job rapidly implementing policies and procedures designed to keep our clients safe. From encouraging extra handwashing, to daily temperature checks, to the required wearing of masks, these little steps seem to be making a big difference. We won’t let our guard down, and will continue to monitor and implement guidance from the CDC, Douglas County Health Department, UNMC and other community partners. Their support is very much appreciated.

In addition, the professionalism of the Nebraska National Guard members who provided testing on our campus is unmatched. We have also received many messages of encouragement from community members. For all of this, we are grateful. Thank you for your support of Stephen Center.


Stephen Center is committed to following best practice recommendations from the CDC, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) and HUD to protect the health of our clients, volunteers and staff.  Stephen Center continues to serve clients with increased screening measures including daily temperature checks, mandatory hand washing, mask-wearing by staff and clients, and the use of web technology for case management and group/individual therapy sessions. Our focus on overcoming homelessness, addiction and poverty will not waiver.

Donate Items

Stephen Center is in need of bottled water, protective gowns, safety goggles, twin-sheet sets, bath towels, individual-size cereal boxes/bowls, prepackaged plastic ware setshand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Donations can be dropped off at our donation center, located at 2723 Q Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. Items can also be ordered and shipped directly from Stephen Center’s Amazon Smile Wishlist, found here:

Donate Money

Your investment in the Stephen Center’s mission helps us care for the 250+ people who call Stephen Center home during this unprecedented pandemic. Any amount you can give makes a direct impact on our ability to continue safely serving the community right now. 

Your donation will go directly to cover the loss of nearly 5,000 volunteer hours monthly, meals, janitorial supplies, hygiene products, over-the-counter medications and IT equipment needed to support telehealth and telework through web-based meetings. Please make your donation today.

Stephen Center staff demonstrate proper social distancing.