Bethany has partnered with Abide to bring hope to inner-city Omaha by developing healthy neighborhoods through four main areas: community building, family support programs, housing, and partnerships.
Bethany is excited to partner with Abide Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization transforming Omaha’s inner-city one neighborhood at a time. Abide uses a holistic approach focusing on developing healthy neighborhoods through community building, family support, housing and partnerships. Abide partners with numerous churches because they believe as a community, we are better together.
For Information about Abide, visit Abide Omaha.
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.
Habitat for Humanity
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, enoa.org.
Omaha Street School
Bethany volunteers lead a Bible Study with at-risk youth who are receiving personalized education and life-skills training in a Christ-centered environment at the Omaha Street School.
For information about Omaha Street School, visit Omaha Street School.
Open Door Mission
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.
Men of Bethany lead a weekly Bible study group in the Douglas County Jail through the Good News Jail Ministry. The group utilizes “33 The Series” from AuthenticManhood.com, a Christian study program developed just for men.
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.
The Elkhorn school mentoring program is designed with an academic focus to provide on-going support for student success. Volunteer mentors are paired with students who are struggling academically, socially or emotionally. Mentors meet with their mentee at least once a week for 30 to 60 minutes. Meetings are academic in nature and take place on school grounds.
The program has a slightly different format at each level. At the elementary level, the program can take place before, after or during school. Adult mentors are paired with elementary students who are struggling in one or more subject areas. The middle school program is more individualized and usually takes place during a student’s study hall. High school students who request a mentor will be matched to work with their mentors during non-instructional time. Meetings could take place during study halls, before school, or after school. Needs of the high school mentees are addressed on an individualized basis.
Mentors are asked to volunteer for at least 30 minutes each week for the entire school year. You may indicate preferred grade levels and times. Orientation will be provided and each school has a facilitator available to answer questions.