St. Vincent de Paul Parish donates 1.5% of each month's collection to agencies that serve people in need. The Outreach Committee, acting as stewards of these funds, determines the organizations that receive funds and the amount of the donations. The agencies listed below receive regular donations from the parish to support their day to day work. By giving regular support to selected organizations, the Outreach Committee aims to build relationships between the parish, the organization and parishioners.
|Bethlehem House||Heart Ministry Center||Omaha Together One Community|
|Catholic Charities||Holy Family Church||Siena/Francis House|
|Challenger Little League||IXIM||St. Vincent de Paul Society|
|Essential Pregnancy Services||Notre Dame Safe House||Stephen Center|
|Habitat for Humanity||Operation Others|
Bethlehem House, located at 15th& Martha St. in the former convent at St. Patrick’s, is a 12-bedroom home that provides loving guidance and support for women (19 & older) choosing life for their unborn child in a Catholic, residential environment both during and after pregnancy. 2016 marks the 11th year of service for Bethlehem House.
Family Life and Aftercare programs educate each woman on childcare and personal life skills, setting them on a path to self-sufficiency. In this home, they strive to recognize and uphold the dignity of the human person, exemplify a supportive and strong family, and foster an environment of mercy and hope. The love and compassion is abundant in this family environment…an environment many of the women who come through these doors have never experienced.
There are numerous volunteer committees that play an integral role inthe services provided to the women and their children, such as mentoring, new resident guest support, men’s guild and teen advisor board (to area high schools and youth groups). In 2014, SVdP Outreach adopted and renovated one of the rooms on behalf of SVdP Parish and continues to maintain the room
Bethlem House also operates a secondhand boutique & community space called The Humble Lily at 90th & Center (NW corner). Proceeds from The Humble Lily help to provide financial support to the mission as they work to educate women to achieve economic self-sufficiency while restoring hope, reuniting families, and building community. Please consider donating new & gently used women’s/children’s clothing, accessories, home goods & décor. We encourage you to visit their website at www.BethlehemHouseOmaha.org to learn more about how to donate to/volunteer for the Bethlehem House and/or The Humble Lily.
Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community. Since 1926, Catholic Charities has had a rich tradition of serving and advocating for more than 100,000 voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten individuals and families annually throughout the area.
The programs are varied as new needs arise and represent a seamless continuum of care to address the needs of children, women and men at all stages of life.
At Catholic Charities, they . . .
- give shelter and safety to battered women and children
- feed the hungry
- assist immigrants during times of need
- develop new small business owners
- listen to and counsel people with mental illness
- offer a recovery plan to those suffering from addiction
- partner new mothers with experienced mentors
- promote health and recreation to children and seniors
- reunite adoptive families
- support and guide those faced with untimely pregnancies
- teach children, seniors and families life skills
More information is available at http://www.ccomaha.org/.
Challenger Little League
The mission of Challenger Little League is to provide the opportunity for children with disabilities, from ages 6 to 21 years old, within the Omaha and surrounding areas to play baseball as a team player, create new friendships, gain independence and improve self-esteem. The season runs from early May through the end of June. Most games are played at Keystone (just North of 120 & Maple) with end of the season games/party in July (last year was held at Werner Park!).
All players play every game with a “Buddy” to assist them during the game. Buddies can be family members or volunteers. For many years, St. Vincent de Paul Outreach has funded a St Vincent de Paul Parish team sponsorship and providing support for their end-of-the-season party.
Follow on Facebook (Challenger Little League of Omaha) to learn more about how you and your family can support Challenger Little League as a volunteer Buddy or consider attending a game or two this season.
Essential Pregnancy Services
EPS is committed to helping expectant and parenting families build healthy, productive lives. Through generous donations, EPS is able to assist in the medical, educational, material, financial and emotional needs of their clients. EPS offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD tests and treatment, counseling, parenting and GED Classes, and community resource referrals. All of their services are free and confidential.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses, forges community partnerships and breaks down barriers. They eliminate vacant lots and abandoned homes in the blighted areas of Omaha while improving the overall appearance of our community. Founded in 1984, Habitat Omaha has partnered with nearly 1,000 families to help address their housing issues through homeownership, repairs and community building activities.
Partner Families purchase homes through a no-interest Habitat loan, making monthly mortgage payments for 20-30 years. Potential homeowners first contribute Sweat Equity hours (250 for single applicants and 350 for double applicants), working in construction sites or at a Habitat ReStore.
Each year, St Vincent de Paul is part of the “Carpenter’s Crew”, which is a coalition of area churches who pool funds and volunteers to build a home. In 2015, the crew helped build a one-story house with five
bedrooms and an attached garage for Nay Shaw and Sha Wah. They are Karen refugees from Myanmar.
What can you do?
* Volunteer to work - skilled and unskilled laborers are needed!
No prior building experience is necessary. Must be at least 16 years old.
* Plan, cook or deliver lunches to the building site.
* Donate new, used or surplus building equipment to Habitat Omaha ReStore.
* Pray for the project.
To volunteer, please contact the SVdP Habitat for Humanity Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more, visit www.habitatomaha.org or watch the bulletin in the spring for information on our parish build as part of the Carpenters Crew faith coalition.
Heart Ministry Center
The Heart Ministry Center provides basic necessities, educational opportunities, health outreach events, and support to individuals and families in north Omaha and surrounding areas.
The Heart Ministry Center originated nearly 40 years ago as the Sacred Heart Human Needs Door Ministry. Beginning in 1982, the ministry provided food, clothing, and other basic needs for neighbors and families of children enrolled at Sacred Heart School. In 1997, the ministry moved to a building at 31st and Spaulding Street and became known as the Heart Ministry Center.
In 2002, Fr. Tom Fangman enlisted the support of 12 community and business leaders to raise funds for the construction of new building to house the Heart Ministry Center. Construction was completed in May 2005 and the current Center opened to assist those in need.
Beginning in 2010, the Center entered into another period of rapid growth. The Center expanded healthcare services, developed a group mentoring program for at-risk youth, added free legal services, opened a dental clinic, and introduced social work and case management services. In 2015, the Center provided services to an average of 7,000 people per month. Despite the increase in services, the Heart Ministry Center strives to provide the same high quality, personalized care to every client who walks through the door.
To learn more visit www.heartministrycenter.org/.
The Heart Ministry Center is located at 2222 Binney Street in Omaha and is one of the sites that receives food from our monthly One Can Help collection.
Holy Family Parish
Through its door ministry and other outreach programs, Holy Family provides client assistance to neighborhood families. Works include sock and underwear giveaways to children in need, redistribution of food from grocery stores to Omaha
area pantries, preparation of lunches for distribution at four Omaha sites, and publication of the Criminal Justice Review. To volunteer for one of these efforts call Holy Family Door Ministry at 402-341-6561. Holy Family is located at 1715 Izard Street in Omaha.
Ixim Spirit of Solidarity is a transnational ministry that fosters mutually enriching Christian relationships between the people of Nebraska and Guatemala through sharing of our humanity, faith and resources.
Ixim, pronounced “ee-sheem”, is the Mayan word for corn, a staple of Guatemala and a livelihood of Nebraska. This represents the common goal of forming relationships between the people of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, and the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Called to Mission?
Have you ever considered doing a short term mission project in a foreign country? Have you felt the call from God to share faith with people from other lands but never knew how to make it happen?
In 2003 the Archdiocese of Omaha began the mission project called Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, designed to build a relationship between the dioceses of Omaha and Huehuetenango in Guatemala. Groups from Omaha have traveled to Guatemala and worked side by side with the people there to improve the conditions and grow in faith.
The fourteenth trip is planned for July 2017! If you would like to learn more about this mission or would like to know more about IXIM, go to www.ixim.org.
Notre Dame Safe House
The Notre Dame Sisters Safe Homes Project, established 16 years ago, serves women and children escaping domestic violence. The sisters identify domestic violence survivors who are ready to leave the shelter to continue their healing. The nuns and their associates pay for rent and utilities in a safe and secure home until the women are ready to take over the expenses themselves. The sisters partner with community organizations to raise funds to support their ministry.
Omaha Together One Community
For twenty years, Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) has worked effectively to make the Omaha metro area a wonderful community in which to live and work. This community group works to connect people across lines that tend to divide them: race, economics, religion, and geography.
OTOC teaches people to become effective leaders, explore their legitimate interests, do solid research, engage in sometimes tough, but always respectful public discourse, hold elected officials accountable and create positive change through collective action.
Through the practice of these skills, people build relationships and act collaboratively to become part of solving problems in our city.
OTOC is made up of congregations and other group throughout the city. OTOC is currently working on:
* Neighborhood revitalization
* Immigration reform
* Environmental sustainability
* Mental health
* Medicare healthcare reform
For more information on OTOC visit www.otoc.org.
Operation Others started in 1967 at Creighton Prep High School to provide food for families in need during the Christmas holidays. Today the eight Omaha-area Catholic high schools partner with other local agencies in order to serve people in need. Each year approximately 1,500 families in and around Omaha receive two weeks’ worth of food.
This program is unique because high school students run the program with minimal adult supervision. Throughout the year, the core OO team and other volunteers hold meetings and organize events such as Trick or Treat for Cans, pancake feeds, and an annual turkey drive, to collect canned goods and raise money for the food that will go into Christmas food boxes. It is an amazing sight to see hundreds of volunteers on Packaging Day putting food in boxes in an assembly-line fashion. The program provides students with a better understanding of the food shortage problem existing in the community which they live.
More information on Operation Others can be found at: creightonprep.creighton.edu under the “Ministries” tab then “Operation Others”.
Founded in 1975, the Siena/Francis House is Nebraska’s largest shelter, providing food, emergency shelter & clothing, along with outreach/case management to homeless families and individuals from Omaha and surrounding communities. The Siena/Francis House also houses a residential chemical addictions treatment center, a day services center, an employment training program, and a medical clinic.
The Siena/Francis House has an “open door” policy, in that they try to never turn away any person or family who comes to them in need, regardless of the circumstances that leads clients to seek help. In 2015, the Siena/Francis House served 426,350 meals and provided 179,414 overnight stays to the 3,647 homeless men, women and children who showed up at their door. On average in 2015, the Siena/Francis House served 1,168 meals each day, and provided a bed (or a mattress or a chair in our overflow shelter areas) to over 491 persons each night, in facilities which have 389 total beds. In addition, the Siena/Francis House's Day Services Center helped 252 homeless families and individuals achieve stable housing outside of their shelter.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Omaha
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served, because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ. In Omaha, the Society operates thrift stores and food pantries and is one of the sites that receives food from our monthly One Can Help collection. For more information on locations and volunteer opportunities visit www.svdpomaha.com.
The Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. Stephen Center, Inc. serves the homeless and low-income men, women and children by offering an emergency shelter, the Hero program for people recovering from addiction, and a transitional living program.
The Stephen Center is located at 2723 Q Street. The facility is home to the Pettigrew Emergency Shelter that works with men, women and children who are homeless. This homeless shelter is unique because it is a sobriety and drug free environment. The shelter is open for those who are in need from a few nights to weeks or longer depending on need and availability of space/openings. Long term housing is available through their Permanent Supportive Housing program utilizing their new apartment-style facilities.
In 2015, the Outreach Committee donated furnishings for the Completely Kids Room in the new facility. This room and all of the furnishings are specifically tailored for children served through the emergency shelter and near-by low-income housing. The room is a space for after school resources, homework and reading/literacy assistance, and human services support.