About the Heart Ministry Center
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 located at 24th and Binney Streets 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 first two years at the new location, the Center experienced tremendous growth, expanding from providing 3,000 services a year to 16,000 services a year. 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 and partnered with Creighton University to provide free basic medical care.
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.
Who We Serve
More than one third of our clients are children
In 2018 we'll provide case management and social work services for more than 6,400 individuals
More than 46 percent of clients are living below the poverty line
In 2018 we'll provide food for more than 58,000 families
Ten percent of clients are senior citizens
In 2018 we'll provide medical assistance for more than 2,000 individuals
Board of Directors
Weitz Investment Management
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Hancock and Dana PC
Blue 84 a Division of Lakeshirts
Fr. Dave Korth
Sacred Heart Church
NE Children’s Home Society
Dyna Tech Aviation Services
Nebraska Wesleyan University
First National Bank
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.
Bob and Janice Batt
Joseph and Tiana Dahir
Mike and MaryJo Dahir
Phil and Cindy Dawson
Jay and Diane Geier
Dick Jeffries and Jane Huerter Weekly
Clark and Emily Lauritzen
Mammel Family Foundation
Jim and Kat Moser
Omaha Community Foundation
David and Sandy Parker
Peter Kiewit Foundation
Denis and Janis Porto
John and Margaret Resendorf
Mark and Cathi Roberts
David and Stephanie Scott
John and Diane Scott
SEi Security Equipment
St. Wenceslaus Church
Wells Fargo Advisors
William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation