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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Support, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Programs: The emergency shelter provided 25,448 nights of lodging in 2014 to 510 men, 327 women, and 208 children.

the hero substance abuse treatment center opened the first fully licensed substance abuse treatment center operated by a homeless shelter in the state of nebraska on july 20,2006. The facility offers treatment and housing to up to 64 men and women at any given time. In 2014, 122 men and 102 women were served by this program. There were 18,844 nights of lodging provided. The hero program achieved carf accreditation in 2010, and was re-accredited in 2013.

the transitional living (tl) program provided 3,733 nights of lodging in 2014 which represents an average of 10 individuals residing in tl facilities on any given day. The tl program has historically consisted of 7 scattered site houses and 8 on-site apartments. Stephen center is focusing upon on-site programming and has been selling the scattered site houses. Five had been sold prior to 2014 and the last two were sold in 2014. Funds generated from the sale of the scattered site houses were designated for use in the development of a new emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing project.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was afraid and broken , with no place to go due to domestic abuse . Spiralling down in my life with alcohol, in the mist of darkness I saw a light and that was the Stephen center. Calling out to me and extending their hands to help me recover . Everyday I feel bless to know I have so many angels I can call friends .

Enrique C.


Rating: 1

They showed up to pick up my donations; my set of Mizuno golf clubs disappear. No one has seen them!!! Really?

Done with this charity for ever, and if you ever call them, watch them like a hawk.


Client Served

Rating: 5

11/16/08 I entered the Stephen Center Homeless Shelter because I lost my job in July of 08 eventually losing my apartment, I had places I could go although they were not a healthy enviroment for a recovering alcoholic I feared the worse, for some unexplainable reason The Stephen Center was the first number I called on the list of homeless shelter's, every since then I have had the pleasure of a collaboration of good people in my life treating me with respect, kindness & dignity, giving me the strength to believe in myself and become the person I want to be. The Stephen Center saved my life in more ways than one. Thank You Rusytina


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an ally and an advocate for the Stephen's Center HERO program for quite some time now. I understand their passion and expertise in what they do and the population they serve whereas they are second to none in the Omaha or Lincoln, NE area. I make referrals to their program regularly and they are always efficient and flexible with the high traffic and case management. Excellent program, great staff, and definitely meeting needs in the community.


Client Served

Rating: 5

In the grips of alcoholism I first came to the Stephen Center Homeless Shelter. I was nursed back to health and guided to apply at the new Hero program. I was admitted in July of 2007 and graduated later that year. I have went on to work for the Stephen Center as Food and Beverage Manager at the John L. Hoich Center for Recovery (Hero Program)I like many other people I know have seen been given a second chance in life much in part to the help given to me through the Stephen Center


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Stephen Center for approximately 2 years and I am courrently on the board of directors. I have all the employees at the Stephen Center and have been extremely impressed their abilities, their character and their commitment to helping people. The people who work and volunteer at the Center are it's real strenght. I have also work with the Stephen Center in the anaylsis, planning and implementation of their Trift Store and have found their work ethic to be outstanding. I look forward to working with the Stephen Center to help improve or hopefully build a new emergency shelter for the homeless.