Information compiled from press release submissions from area nonprofits.
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH), a collective impact homeless services organization, announced on March 31 that projects in the Greater Omaha area received renewal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Competition Awards. Funding was maintained for 62 Nebraska organizations, totaling $12.9 million with $5.3 million going to Omaha and Council Bluffs projects. An additional $276,000 was awarded to Siena Francis House’s Siena Cottages project.
Goodwill Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa opened a new South Omaha Training Center April 1. Located at the Stockyards Plaza at 3505 L St., the 20,000-square-foot facility is to offer free specialized training programs. These programs include workshops and classes to enhance employability skills, including Microsoft Office training. Additionally, the training center will expand Goodwill Omaha’s certified nursing assistant program.
Food Bank for the Heartland
Google has donated $150,000 to Food Bank for the Heartland. As food insecurity remains at an all-time high, the organization saw a 25% increase in need, serving 1.6 individuals last year. Google’s donation will provide 600,000 meals across the 93-county service area. This donation comes as Google focuses on investing more than $750 million in Nebraska, including its announced data center in northwest Omaha. It currently has data centers in Papillion and Council Bluffs.
Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services has moved its headquarters to 7929 West Center Rd. The 130-year-old organization moved as its office space needs have changed due to its hybrid work model. Experiencing 40% growth over the last two years, LFS has added behavioral health services and scaled programming to assist refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine. Additional locations include Kountze Commons at 27th and Douglas streets, in addition to locations at 30th and Lake streets and 120th and Q streets. Another location at 324 S. 72nd street is slated to open later this year.