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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.

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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.

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Donna Kush launched her career in the corporate sector, but she’s always been active in the community. As Omaha Community Foundation’s new president and CEO, Kush brings both valuable professional experience and a unique perspective to the role.

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Even in a pandemic, nonprofits continue to help the homeless and near-homeless, keep feeding the hungry, tirelessly advocate for and elevate children and families in poverty or crisis, and go on responding to emergencies and disasters.

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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.”

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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.

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Susan Eustice was known professionally for her public relations acumen. Her loved ones say she was also a remarkable person, a loyal friend, and an amazing wife and mother.

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Larry Kavich led All Makes Office Equipment Co. for more than four decades but he is remembered as much for his generosity, distinctive personality and love for family and friends as he is for his considerable business accomplishments.

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Project Harmony is a child advocacy center established to support child abuse victims as they are making their outcry. Papillion Area Lions Club has roared in response with an annual fund-raiser, one of many ways its members serve the community.

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The need for pediatric research is all too apparent as you walk through Children's Hospital & Medical Center's clinics and corridors. Too many children are battling serious diseases for which there are few therapeutic options and no effective treatments.

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With the recent conclusion of a major renovation and expansion to its facility at 2566 St. Mary''s Avenue—in the very heart of the neighborhood it serves—Completely KIDS is now poised for further growth.

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“Partnership 4 Kids is really an organization that changes lives,” President Deb Denbeck said in summarizing the wide scope of programs Partnership 4 Kids (P4K) provides. As P4K celebrates its 30th anniversary year, Denbeck also reflected on the impact the nonprofit organization has had on area youth and the larger community.

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Acclaimed artist Watie White is promoting positive social change and mentoring young talent through his unique niche in the Omaha art and nonprofit communities. With an impressive body of work already behind him, he's still looking ahead with the expectation that the best is yet to come.

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Robert Gregg “Bob” Hoig (1932 – 2019) was the father of metroMAGAZINE's publisher, Andee hoig. the respected journalist, publisher and entrepreneur was the inspiration for his daughter's career and originated the publication that Andee purchased from him in 1996 and evolved into this magazine. After his remarkable recovery from a series of serious illnesses in 2017, Andee wanted to pay tribute to her father when he could appreciate the honor and personally contribute to the telling of his story. An in-depth biography covering Bob's remarkable career, professional and personal accomplishments, and life served as the Fall 2017 metroQUARTERLY cover story. After a short illness, Bob passed away peacefully with family by his side on January 7, 2019. he is survived by his wife, Martha; sister Cindy (Ken) Nisley; son Oliver (Robin); daughter Andrea “Andee”; son Noel (Andrea) of Omaha; stepson Jim (Carmen) Pearson; stepdaughter Amy (Stuart) Chittenden; grandchildren Ivy, Noel, Bailey, Ryan, Braden and Griffin; and former wife Mary Lou. Bob's loved ones were grateful for these last months with him, an especially meaningful time for the family. Following is the article published in the August 2017 issue of metroQUARTERLY

Event and meeting planning is a demanding business, with early mornings, late nights, and extraordinary details. The women of planitomaha—“the WOW experts”—have worked hard over two decades to earn their reputation for excellence in a competitive market.

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In 1893, Grover Cleveland was president. The U.S. flag had 44 stars; the melody for the “Happy Birthday” song was first published; the first Ferris wheel debuted; and Lillian Gish, Harold Lloyd, Mae West and Dorothy Parker all were born. 1893 was an important year for another reason: Nebraska Children's Home Society was formed. Today, the organization is celebrating 125 years and continuing to serve children across the state through a spectrum of services.