It was not exactly manna from heaven, but dozens of Open Door Mission guests turned their faces skyward Sunday as a LifeNet Omaha helicopter filled with food donations landed on the shelter's campus.
The annual point in time count, published in March, showed 2,404 Nebraskans experienced homelessness at the time of the 2020 count, a 1.6% increase from 2019.
With a weekend forecast of below-zero temperatures, many are bracing for the cold. “In our overnight shelter, when it becomes very cold we've seen people who have had some frostbite.”
The vaccinations give Open Door Mission CEO Candace Gregory hope that shelter is on the road to recovering normalcy.
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"It is so touching to see so many people in our community bringing in gifts for men, women and children who are going through a really difficult time," Open Door CEO Candace Gregory said.
A rusty truck that was taken last week from an Omaha homeless shelter has been found near a Council Bluffs casino.
"I know it's not great value to someone else, but it's a really important tool for us," she said. "We needed it desperately back. We're grateful."
The theft of a rusted out pickup truck from an Omaha homeless shelter is causing hardship for the staff, its director said Tuesday.
Donning a cap and gown, Jeanne Triplett stood in front of family, friends, volunteers and fellow graduates to deliver a testimonial more than …
Deeply personal and often emotional, graduates of the Open Door Mission's recovery program shared stories of hope, triumphs and thanks at a graduation ceremony Saturday.
Four staff members and a family of four in the shelter have tested positive, and the Lydia House will be closed to new women and families seeking services until Sept. 8.
The longtime community volunteer and businessman died Wednesday of complications after a stroke.
In the first round of testing, 84% of staff and guests were tested.
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An Open Door Mission spokeswoman said Tuesday that programs and services will be halted until April 30 at its centers in Elkhorn and Council Bluffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shelter directors are trying to spread out their guests and earmark quarantine space on their campuses should anyone experience the symptoms associated with COVID-19. They are also trying to control the circumstances they can while still doing the necessary work of providing food, shelter and safety. And they are bracing for more need as the economy nosedives.
Charles Logan’s protest of panhandlers has brought a few altercations — including one on Friday that involved Omaha police.
The number of panhandling calls that Omaha police have responded to this year has plummeted because of the ordinance change — 911 dispatchers now pass along calls only if a panhandler is deemed aggressive.
The center, at 2723 Q St., said it is providing 50 percent more healthy, home-style meals this year than it did last year. Those meals include turkey, so the annual supply of turkeys has run out as Thanksgiving preparations begin.
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