About the Heart Ministry Center

History

Initially started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests from members in the North Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, the Heart Ministry Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities.

The Heart Ministry Center originated nearly 40 years ago as the Sacred Heart Human Needs Door Ministry. Beginning in 1982, under the leadership of Father Jim Scholz and Sr. Mary Ann Murphy, the door 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, now located at 24th and Binney Street, opened to assist those in need. With construction and operation of the new building, the Heart Ministry Center formed a board of directors and became a fully independent 501 (c)3 organization in 2007.

During the center’s first two years at the new location, it experienced tremendous growth, increasing its services from 3,000 per year to 16,000. The center became Omaha’s first “choice” food pantry, allowing clients to select their own foods. Over time, the center expanded its range of services to include Pathway, a self-sufficiency program for single mothers. The center also partnered with Creighton University to provide free, basic medical care.

Beginning in 2010, the center entered into another period of rapid growth. It had 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.

Who We Serve

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More than one third of our clients are children

In the last 12 months we provided case management and social work services for more than 6,800 individuals

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More than 46 percent of clients are living below the poverty line

On average, we provide food for more than 60,000 families each year

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Ten percent of clients are senior citizens

On average, we provide medical assistance for more than 2,000 individuals each year

Board of Directors

Andy Kammerer
President

Emily Nguyen
Vice President

Dan Torczon
Treasurer

Rob Wilcox
Secretary

Dan Walker
Member at Large

Nicole Evans

Steve Gordon

Judy Haney

Joe Hauser

Jeff Kavich

Fr. Dave Korth

Fa’iz Rab

Mark Spadaro

Rick Thaden

Cornelia Vermes

Alan West

Our Donors

The Heart Ministry Center is extremely grateful to all of our generous financial contributors who make what we do possible. The Heart Ministry Center is diligent in ensuring that money donated to the Center is spent thoughtfully and in the best interest of the people we serve. We thank these supporters for their recent donations of more than $5,000.

Gard Family Foundation

Dwyer Family Foundation

Laura and Dan Monen

Kathy and Steve Zalkin

Debra and Denny Walker

UPS Foundation

John Dahir

Wellcare

Matt Dwyer

Hawks Foundation

Mary and David Levy

United Way

Joe Campagna

Lozier Foundation

Mammel Family Foundation

Pacific Life Foundation

First National Bank

Omaha Community Foundation

Heider Family Foundation

Immanuel Vision Foundation

Dennis and Janis Porto

John and Margaret Rebensdorf

Debbie Durham Foundation

David and Stephanie Scott

Tyson Foods

John and Diane Scott

SEi Security Equipment

Sherwood Foundation

St. Wenceslaus Church

Slattery Family Foundation

Heistand Foundation

William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation