A century after opening in 1920 as a single house for “orphaned, neglected and wayward boys,” Omaha Home for Boys—long known in the community simply as OHB—now serves more than 1,300 youth, young adults, children and families every year. A continuum of services addresses basic needs and provides the skills and confidence clients need to lead independent, productive lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has continued through the summer of 2020. Challenged by diminished volunteer hours and reduced fundraising revenue due to postponed or canceled events and a troubled economy, area nonprofits are nevertheless finding ways to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors meet basic needs, extend a hand in a crisis, develop our youth for a lifetime of success, foster a better future for individuals and families experiencing or challenges, and enhance the community.
Jeff Kavich And Amee Zetzman
Phone: (402) 341-2413
Address: 2558 Farnam St., Omaha
It’s been an interesting journey from New York City and suburban Chicago to Omaha—and all over the world in between—for Janyne Peek Emsick. The former theater major now helps corporate executives develop their leadership skills and local professionals make important connections. And that’s just a piece of what she’s done.
MORE THAN EVER Southwest Iowa is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The communities in the region offer ample opportunities and attractions such as innovative educational initiatives; a thriving philanthropic community; a robust economy with tremendous support for businesses; and an appealing quality of life for citizens of all ages. As Donna Dostal, a resident of the area and President/CEO of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation puts it: “It's the most amazing time to be living in Southwest Iowa.”
Siena Francis House's new emergency shelter addition provides up to 450 men and women a safe place to sleep and eliminates the overcrowding of years past. Not only does the new facility make it possible for the organization to serve its homeless guests with greater dignity, it provides space that enhances efforts to connect people with services that can get them back into housing.