Local Mission
COPE (Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn)

Located in Elkhorn and also serving the communities of Waterloo, Valley, and Gretna, COPE (Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn) offers support to anyone regardless of religious, cultural, or ethnic background.

In addition to being a member of COPE, Bethany is host to the COPE Garden which grows fresh produce for local families in need. 

Food 4 Kids

The lack of proper nourishment can affect and hamper children’s growth, as well as contribute to a lack of concentration and energy.  Although we live in an affluent community, we know there are still children whose parents are not able not provide adequate nutrition due to lack of resources.  Bethany believes if one child goes hungry, that is one child too many, especially since we have the resources to support these children.

Bethany is providing non-perishable breakfast foods, snacks, and juice boxes to the teachers and/or counselors to distribute to children who do not participate in the breakfast program or that do not have breakfast to eat at home.  We are also providing food for children to take home.

We are in need of the following food donations: mac ‘n cheese cups, microwave pasta cups, pop-top soup, ramen noodles, fruit cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, individual cereal, single serve oatmeal, Pop tarts, granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, and individually packaged snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, goldfish, etc. All donations may be brought o Bethany and placed in collection bins in the center lobby Mission Hub. 

Habitat for Humanity

2019 Habitat Build | 2215 Logan Drive, Waterloo

May 31 – October 5 | Sign up

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Its mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat views its work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources.

The Elkhorn Coalition’s focus is to accomplish the mission and goals of Habitat in Western Douglas County. Our newest home build is in Waterloo.

For information about Habitat for Humanity visit Habitat Omaha.

Meals on Wheels

Food is one of the most basic of human needs. Yet it is something many of us take for granted. Some people are homebound, have no family members nearby, and have few options for getting groceries into their homes. Others may be physically or mentally unable to prepare meals. For those individuals, the ability to receive basic, reliable nutrition may mean the difference between independence and institutionalization. 

Bethany’s Meals on Wheels volunteers team up with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program to fulfill the nutritional needs of homebound senior citizens in the Elkhorn area.  Nutritionally balanced, hot, noontime meals are personally delivered Monday through Friday to senior citizens in need. 

For information about Meals on Wheels, visit Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging,

Men of Bethany in America

Men of Bethany in America or MOBIA is a non-profit charitable organization providing mentoring programs for boys and men currently in the greater Nebraska and Iowa area and looking forward to expanding Nationwide.  They form partnerships in the community through churches, shelters, missions, jail ministries and schools as well as the juvenile court system.

Serving Opportunities through Men of Bethany in America include:

  • Omaha Street School – serving at-risk youth who are receiving personalized education and life-skills training in a Christ-centered environment.
  • Open Door Mission – serving and facilitating a Bible study weekly for men living in and participating in the Open Door Mission residential programs
  • Prison Ministry  – serving and facilitating a weekly Bible study at the Douglas County Jail through the Good News Jail Ministry
  • Sozo’s Coffeehouse – serving and facilicating a weekly Bible study for individuals who have recently graduated from the Open Door Mission residential program

Learn more about Men of Bethany in America

Open Door Mission

Sign up to serve

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves more than 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. Bethany sends volunteers to serve at Open Door Mission on the first Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm. Volunteers serve in a variety of ways including serving food, food prep, stocking shelves, cleaning or even helping at the distribution center. We encourage families to serve together. Children 8 years and older are welcome to volunteer. Bethany volunteers also lead a weekly Bible Study for men that live in their residential program.

TeamMates - Elkhorn School Mentoring

Bethany partners with Elkhorn Public Schools and the TeamMates mentoring program to provide mentors to students in the Elkhorn Public School District. TeamMates’ goal is for mentees to develop safe, positive relationships with their mentors and for those matches to last through high school graduation and ensure students are surrounded by the web of support they need to reach their full potential. 

RAMP Ministry

Building Freedom for the Homebound

Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? Bethany volunteers do it several times a year! We build wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one. In a few hours on a Saturday morning, we give these folks the freedom to leave their home again, the home where they want to remain but whose steps have imprisoned them. No skills necessary to participate.

Want to get involved? Have questions? Contact Devanee.

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Record-level flooding has ravaged our community.

Here is how Bethany is responding and how you can help.

Nebraska Flood Relief

Bethany Lutheran Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Relevant Community Church, Brookside Church (in the former Community of Grace Location) are blessed to announce a partnership with the City of Gretna to provide relief services and volunteer housing to service flood relief efforts in Valley, Waterloo, Ashland, and surrounding Nebraska communities.


Flood Survivor Resources

If you or someone you know has flood relief needs please contact our office.

Please view our Flood Survivor Resource Sheet for information about local services and assistance for needs and supplies.

About the Local Church Partnership - Eastern Nebraska Helpers

Bethany Lutheran Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Relevant Community Church, Brookside Church (in the former Community of Grace Location) are blessed to announce a partnership with the City of Gretna to provide relief services and volunteer housing to service flood relief efforts in Valley, Waterloo, Ashland, and surrounding Nebraska communities.

The strategy of the participating groups is three-fold:

  1. Phase One – Help those displaced and living in shelters with materials they need for everyday life
  2. Phase Two – Assist in the clean-up and restoration process by providing supplies and volunteer crews
  3. Phase Three – Provide those directly impacted with basic household items and services that have been lost to assist them as they work to resume normal daily life

The partnering churches will work to provide volunteers, specific need supplies, meals.  All supplies collected at the Distribution Centers will be packed into supply & clean-up kits that will be distributed as needed to flood-affected areas by Waterloo, Valley and Gretna Fire Departments in the days and weeks to come.

About Boots on the Ground Meals

Boots on the Ground Meals is a pre-cooked meal distribution facility that works with churches and organizations to get food to people who need it most.

Boots on the Ground Meals was started by two commercial cooks who had a heart to use their passion for food to feed the flood victims and first responders thru the 2019 eastern Nebraska floods. The two are serving thousands of meals to communities hardest hit and provide precooked meals ready-to-eat.

Their mission is to provide wholesome, precooked meals to community organizations in the midst of flood relief efforts and clean up. Churches and area organizations can call for meal pickup, hot-boxed lunches, or sack lunches to heat and serve in their churches or distribute out to those who need it most. The goal is to give these communities great food to keep them nourished for the work ahead and provide them hope while rebuilding.

Follow the Boots on the Ground Meals Facebook page to learn more.

Long-term Housing - Christ for the City International

As part of our three-fold strategy of flood relief, we have spent the last few days focusing on ways to help those displaced by the flood and living in shelters.  Now that access into affected communities has opened, aide has been flying out of the Command Center in Gretna.  Volunteers continue to be needed to help with unloading and organization of inbound supplies, and distribution of supplies to affected communities.  New volunteer opportunities have been added, so sign-up today!

We have also set up a partnership with Christ for the City International to provide long-term housing to those flood victims currently living at the Red Cross Elkhorn Middle School Shelter and any others who may need it.  The Christ for the City lodging space, located at 90th and Fort Streets, will provide long term housing for up to 20 displaced flood victims.  But – we can’t make this possible without your help!

The Christ for the City International Long-Term Shelter will be 100% dependent upon volunteers from our community to provide meals and help.  Please consider signing-up your school, church or work group to provide breakfast, lunch or dinner or volunteering to serve a few hours a day.