Revive! Omaha: Transformation 2014 Edition

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An African-American Lifestyle and Community Empowerment Magazine

REVIVE! Spirit, Mind & Body

Standing Together

Working Together to Prepare the Next Generation

Transformation 2025

A Comprehensive Vision‌ One. Great. Omaha!

Rebuilding the Village

7 Year Empowerment Network Journey

Transformation Edition


and event calendar inside‌

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An African-American Lifestyle and Community Empowerment Magazine


President & Publisher Willie D. Barney Vice-President & Co-Publisher Yolanda M. Barney

Spirit, Mind & Body

Chief Financial Officer Greg A. Johnson Desktop Publishing & Design Kate M. Rice Research & Copy Editor Yvette Coppage

Standing Together

Billing Manager Anita Johnson Contributing Writers: Tawanna Black Rev. Darryl Brown Yvette Coppage Lisa L. Laday-Davis John Ewing, Jr. Viv Ewing Janice Gilmore Dell Gines Greg A. Johnson Angela Jones Rev. Bruce Norris Jo Giles Julian Young Contributing Photographers: Herb Thompson Lovely Nai Photography Surreal Media Tim Davis Al Viola E’lazhia Gray Bryan Bell Ron Coleman Larry C. Crider Michael C. Williams Revive! Omaha Magazine is a publication of SMBEnterprises, LLC and is distributed via mail and selected locations throughout the Greater Omaha area and beyond. ©2013 SMB Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or in part, without express written permission from the Publisher, is prohibited, excepting individually copyrighted articles or photographs. The views expressed herein, whether expressed as fact, fiction, opinion, advice or otherwise, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of SMB Enterprises or Revive! Omaha Magazine. Manuscripts and photographs submitted for publication are welcome and should be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope if their return is desired. We reserve the right to edit, use, or not use materials submitted. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited materials. The publication of any advertisement in this issue does not constitute an endorsement of the advertiser’s products or services.

Working Together to Prepare the Next Generation

Transformation 2025

A Comprehensive Vision… One. Great. Omaha!

Rebuilding the Village

7 Year Empowerment Network Journey

Transformation Edition


and event calendar inside…

Some of the original participants in the creation of the Black Male Summit: Willlie Barney, Tom Warren, Kenny McMorris, John Ewing, Jr., James Mason, Gene Haynes, Paul Bryant, Pastor Cedric Perkins • photographed by Herb Thompson

Letter from the Publisher


Events Calendar


Revive! Your Spirit


Renew! Your Mind


Restore! Your Body


Reclaim! Your Family


Rediscover! Your Purpose


Reprioritize! Your Finances


Rebuild! Your Community


Omaha Rewind


FEATURES: Standing Together 20 Your Dream of Home Ownership 22 Know Before You Go 24 7 Year Empowerment Journey 26 Transformation 2025 Initiative 28 Business/Service Directory 32 Church Directory 34 Small Business Spotlight 36


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REVIVE! It’s encouraging to see the measurable progress that is occurring in Omaha. In May, we celebrated the 7th Anniversary of the launch of the Empowerment Network with over 300 of our partners. As mentioned in a previous issue, the Empowerment Network model and Revive! Omaha Magazine have been recognized on a national level and we’ve had discussions with over 20 cities looking at replicating what we do because of the measurable progress we are making in Omaha. We still have a long way to go, but mounting evidence shows something critically important and transformational is happening in this city. Revive! Omaha Magazine has been there to chronicle important steps along the way. As I said at the Empowerment Conference, this is not an Empowerment Network story, but an Omaha story and one that must be told. Key trends are finally moving in the right direction because of the work of hundreds of organizations and thousands of residents. We have compiled and summarized what we have learned from these past seven years of experiences and integrated the input and ideas of over 3,000 adults and 1,000+ youth and young adults to create the Transformation 2025 Initiative. The objectives are two-fold 1) make Omaha number one in the nation for employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing and quality of life and 2) close long standing gaps that have typically been based on race and geographic segregation. In this issue, you can learn more about the collaborative progress during the past seven years and read about the Transformation 2025 initiative. The Empowerment Network and City of Omaha have also launched the Omaha African-American Male Achievement Collaboration in partnership with the National League of Cities and PolicyLink. We are one of 11 cities in the nation selected to create a comprehensive plan to assist AfricanAmerican boys and young men in achieving success. One key part of the strategy is the upcoming 5th Annual Striving for Success: Black Male Summit presented by the 100 Black Men of Omaha, Urban League of Nebraska and Empowerment Network. We are also in the process of recruiting hundreds of African-American men to get more involved in mentoring, coaching and giving back to the community. Be sure to check out the great photos from positive events and activities that are occurring in Omaha. We celebrate with the recipients of the 25th Annual African-American Leadership Awards. We salute the resilient and talented youth of our city. And, we encourage you to read the feature articles from our gifted columnists and writers. Collectively and collaboratively, we are making a difference. Sincerely,

Willie D. Barney President/Publisher Revive! Omaha Magazine

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 Omaha NAACP presents the Juneteenth Parade

30th and Lake to 30th and Sprague. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm For more information contact: 402-345-6227

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Charles B. Washington Branch Library presents… June Family Fair— a Juneteenth Celebration 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm 2868 Ames Avenue

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ladies Sing the Blues Fundraiser for ICARE Youth Services at the Slowdown • 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Tickets available at

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Indie Run 5K/10K/Kid Dash The Benson-Ames Neighborhood Alliance 8:00 am

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Charles Drew Health Center presents… Golf Classic 2014 Shoreline Golf Course Shot gun start at 8:00 a.m. For more information 402-457-1201

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Omaha Police Department Presents… Fun in the Park Miller Park 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm For more information 402-444-3367

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Wed-Fri, July 16-18, 2014

Ambassadors Worship Center presents… Young Lions Power, Money, Relationships Conference To register:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Great Plains Black History Museum presents…History on the Greens Benefit Golf Tournament Shoreline Golf Course •9:00 am 402-216-3852

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Empowerment Network Community Meeting: Omaha North High School Breakfast and Networking - 9:00 am Interactive Community Meeting – 9:30 to 11:00 am

Save The Date: Friday, August 22 – Saturday, August 23, 2014

American Promise Tour and Book Signing w/ The Filmmakers

and NET Premiere of Local Townhall Documentary on African-American Boys and Young Men in Nebraska

Friday, September 19, 2014 3rd Annual African American Leadership Conference

Revive! Omaha Magazine, African-American Young Professionals, African-American Professionals Network and Empowerment Network. Visit

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America was built on this practice. In times past, particularly within the Black community, neighbor helping neighbor was as common as the cold. With the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the Blacks in America, strides towards building neighborhoods of free men and women took priority within their communities. Everyone offered their hands, their backs, their knowledge and their resources toward building a Black community within America’s borders. With funds being scarce, the Black community pooled their assets together to rebuild, in America, the village that had been forsaken, in their voyage to their new homeland. The village now took

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In 1884, James Wells, in his book “The Parables of Jesus,” tells the story of a little girl carrying a big baby boy. Seeing her struggle, someone asked if she was tired. With surprise she replied, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.” This parable was made into a song made famous by The Hollies in 1969. The words embody the heart of an individual that despite the apparent heaviness and burden of their fellow man, the love for their fellow man outweighs the weight upon them.


The road is long, with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where? Who knows when? But I’m strong – strong enough to carry him. He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. So, on we go. His welfare is of my concern. No burden is he to bear. We’ll get there. For I know he would not encumber me. He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. If I’m laden at all, I’m laden with sadness that everyone’s heart isn’t filled with the gladness of love for one another. It’s a long, long road from which there is no return. While we’re on the way to there, why not share? And the load doesn’t weigh me down at all. He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. (Bobby Scott and Bob Russell)

root in the southern quadrant of the United States; and soon a thriving network of new homes and businesses supporting those homes began to grow. Neighbor helping neighbor, the Black community in the south continued to grow and flourish. Today however, we have seen a shifting away from this principle of helping our fellow man. An attitude of self interest has replaced the attitude of selflessness. Surely, we contribute to societies and causes, we give to our churches and even buy dinners to support community endeavors; but, as soon as our hands are off the money, so is our attention and concern. We leave the burden of seeing to the “needs” of those who may be downtrodden or having a bad turn of fortune to organizations, churches and agencies. Despite possibly experiencing bad times ourselves, we quickly forget the experience of praying for five dollars to buy milk and some cereal for the kids. How soon we forget the urgent cry of the poor once our own poverty diminishes. Our ears no longer tickle with their cries and our soul no longer pities those who are in need of a helping hand.

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Let us seize with fervor an opportunity to look around our own neighborhoods and see where we can be of assistance? Are there elderly who need their lawns mowed this year? Are there those who need a simple bag of groceries at their door? Leaves raked? Snow plowed? Does anyone need help with a month of their utilities being paid? Does someone just need a ride somewhere? There are many opportunities which do not require a monetary donation to accomplish as well as those that do. Some can produce money to achieve these things and some cannot; but we can all do something and we must do something! Our communities are in desperate need for individuals to begin looking outward towards others and to stop looking so much inward to ourselves. Within the spirit of every man there is a built-in connection to his fellow man. It is evidence impossible to deny, yet easy to ignore if we allow ourselves to. Our spirit man is united to the spirit of every man. All mankind descended from one mother and one father, making us all brothers and sisters - despite our demographics, race, creed and color. When we allow one to suffer, all will eventually suffer. And our spirit will suffer the slow inevitable and eventual reality of demise. With this demise, we will become numb, insensitive and uncaring to that which connects us as humanity – our need for one another. For us to assume that the Creator of the universe created only enough for some is insanity. The earth has enough on it and in it to sustain all of God’s

creation forever. We harangue corporations for hoarding and not sharing and giving, but we ourselves are likewise guilty when we see the need, have the means to address it; yet, we ignore it. Similarly, as we witness corporations whose bottom line is the acquisition of wealth for self gratification ultimately fail and die, so too will our spirit man die if we neglect the basic instinct we all possess to help others from what resources we do possess. We were created for a purpose. Many cannot do what a Warren Buffet or Bill Gates can do; but all can do what they are capable of doing, if only our hands would open and not stay closed. Give and it shall be given – good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into YOUR bosom. That’s the promise to those who give to others. Giving to others also produces a quality of peace and gratification within us, nurturing and gratifying our spirit with what it truly desires: caring for someone other than ourselves. As we go through the rest of this year, let us be determined to open our hands to the helping of others and not close them with the greediness of self advancement to the detriment of those within our communities. Closed hands - closed heart. Open hands open heart. Let your hands be helping hands and you will reap the rewards of inner joy, inner rest, and inner peace.

Congratulations to the African American Leadership Award Recipients Presented by the Urban Leauge of Nebraska

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the rules of rejection

Move On, SoYou Can Move Up Excerpt from the Book, Empowered to Win by Pastor Julian Young

There aren’t many things that intimidate us more than the sting of rejection. I’m not sure what it is, but something about being rejected makes us feel like we aren’t good enough. Let me tell you, I have had my share of rejection notices. Between being an aspiring speaker, author, and leadership coach, I have experienced some disheartening times as well as some encouraging ones. However, I have found the greater my rejection, the more worthy are the successes that follow the rejection. That’s what helped me understand the law that is at work in rejection—the law of rejection. This law states that rejection never just pushes you out, it always pushes you in a direction. Rejection doesn’t have to define us, actually it can refine us. I have compiled a list of “rejection rules” that I believe every leader needs to know and understand. When you learn to apply these rules, no negative outcome is set. You have the power to add an alternate ending to your situation. What that will be is up to you. Here are six things you should consider when experiencing rejection and turning any obstacle into opportunity:

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Have Multiple Streams Working

Rejection is always the toughest to deal with when you fail to have multiple opportunities you are pursuing at one time. When you put all your eggs in one basket only, you are left with a sense of hopelessness when it doesn’t work out. You can save yourself from the onset of hopelessness when faced with rejection if you are willing to add a few more streams of opportunity to your success plan. Oftentimes, what we feel is the actual “big thing” is really just preparation for the big thing that’s on the way. Having more than one door open when trying to win in life keeps you busy, inspired, and most of all, prepared for BIG victory!

Take it Personal

I get how this sounds. But the reality is, if you are going to turn your obstacles into fresh opportunities, you have to realize the rejection is for YOU. Sometimes we aren’t actually as good as we think we are at something. Rejection is nature’s signpost to us that we need to step up our game. That, my friend, is personal.

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My first real publishing contract came after one of my greatest rejections. It challenged me to step things up. I recommend you do the same.

Read Your Rejection Notice

Classroom or Repair Shop? You get to choose: either you are going to learn from rejection or you are going to be destroyed by it. In the classroom, you can heal and God can teach you. In the

What I love most about the blast of rejection is that it never just pushes us; it always pushes us into a direction. The question you have to ask is, “Where is this pushing me?” For that reason, I like to refer to rejections as “ejections” giving notice to us that a new season is ahead and a new path is opening up.

repair shop, you lose time, and there are more expenses

Don’t be in denial about some rejections. It may be time to do something else.

as possible from this.”

Check Your Motivation

Rejection is Not the End

Rejection also makes us revisit our “why”. That’s our reason for doing something. If the right things don’t drive us, it typically comes to the surface when we have been rejected enough times. So I encourage you at this point to ask yourself three questions:

Why are you doing this? Why does it really matter to you? Are you willing to live with the consequences of failure?

and more pain. Take time to determine that you are going to learn as much as you can from this. Adjust your attitude and tell yourself, “Class is in session, and I’m going to learn as much

Far too many people make the mistake of thinking that after one rejection it’s over, when in fact this could be the beginning of new and innovative ideas and concepts. You may be on the verge of solving a real world problem through your rejection. Managing rejection is a form of stewardship in life. And when you’re certain that it’s not the end, there are no limits to what can happen next in your life.

Choose to Rent Smoke-Free. Omaha is leading a national trend — as a city with one of the highest number of smoke-free apartment listings. With 70 percent of Douglas County residents preferring a smoke-free option,1 building managers, landlords and owners are taking notice and changing policies — specifically in North Omaha. It’s part of an effort between Live Well Omaha: Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work and the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition. 1


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inspire new habits

across North Omaha It’s only been one year and David Milan can already see a big difference. Students used to come to school and head to the cafeteria to talk and eat. This past school year, teachers and staff greeted students as they pick up healthy meals from Conestoga Elementary School’s Grab-N-Go breakfast program. It not only provides hot and cold meal options, but also positively impacts the school day. “I can’t say enough about the program. Staff loves it. And the kiddos start their day with food in their tummies, are focused and ready to learn,” said Principal Milan. According to Milan, about 95-97 percent of his students want breakfast each day. The program ushers in a smooth transition for students – from arrival to the start of class. Conestoga Elementary selected the Grab-N-Go breakfast program to encourage healthy eating and installed a bike rack to promote more physical activity. 8 | REVIVE! Omaha

“We knew we wanted to help kids live healthier. After seeing the success at Fontenelle Elementary School, we decided to join the Partners for Healthy Schools effort,” said Milan. Their selections came from a “menu” of healthy options provided by the Live Well Omaha: Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work initiative. Other North Omaha non-profit, business, community, school and faith-based groups are improving the neighborhood’s health by choosing the options that work best for their employees, customers and organization. “It’s time for a change,” said Thomas M. Davis. Davis is doing his part as office manager at Phil’s Foodway on Ames Avenue. Leading the way to incorporating a checkout aisle with healthy options instead of candy and empty calorie snacks; and the designation of a Healthy Neighborhood Store, with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy items for sale. ©2014 Revive! Omaha Magazine

Customers are quietly noticing and buying healthy options. The store’s changes have helped him, too. “I was taking eight pills a day and now I’m down to one. I’ve tried the healthy food demonstrations and samples in the store and even made some of the recipes at home,” said Davis. As part of Douglas County’s Partners for a Healthy City effort, businesses, such as the Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc., decided to provide a healthy snack option at staff meetings and events and installed a bike rack. Bethel AME Church joined the faith-based initiative and decided to offer healthy food options at meetings. More apartment and multi-family units, such as Evans Tower in the Omaha Housing Authority, are going smoke-free. While healthy eating and increasing physical activity for schools and businesses are cornerstones of a healthy neighborhood, increasing the number of smoke-free living units and piloting clinic programs to address high blood pressure are other important goals. “I just want to see more people making healthy choices throughout our community,” said Davis. “Just as our business has done it, we need other people to join us and do what they can to make North Omaha healthier.” To find out more, visit or call 402-934-5795. Photo: Students at Fontenelle Elementary School enjoy their Grab-N-Go breakfast options. Photo By: Phil Rooney, Douglas County Health Department.

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Working Together

family and Getting your family involved in community work has wonderful benefits. It is well known that when people are interested in supporting their community by doing volunteer work and other significant acts of good will, communities thrive. Not only that, people who volunteer usually feel good about themselves and the work they do. When committing time and effort to an organization or a cause you feel passionate about, you gain a sense of accomplishment. 10 | REVIVE! Omaha

When families volunteer together, it helps strengthen family ties. Children learn responsibility, making and keeping commitments, being punctual, and doing their very best. They also learn working together helps to improve the community. The following are some ideas to help in determining what type of volunteer work your family may be interested in. Volunteer jobs are endless and there are many other opportunities where families can use their skills Some organizations may require certain information. For example, when working with young children, a background check is required. Š2014 Revive! Omaha Magazine

young children • If they like animals, they can assist at an animal shelter • If they enjoy cooking, a soup kitchen may be a place where they can help and hone their skills • If they enjoy being with children, they can play with children at a homeless shelter • If they enjoy being outside, they can participate in a neighborhood or adopt a block clean up with parent supervision • If they like to read, they can read to younger children who may be bedridden or sick • If they enjoy gardening, they can help plant flowers or trees at a designated local site

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer as a family. You may want to work in the agency as a family, or each family member may work in a specific organization. If finding the time is a factor, your family may choose to do something as a family a couple of times a year. Before you seek a volunteer position be prepared that you may be asked to fill out an application that inquires about your interest and skills, hours available, transportation needs, why you want to volunteer, etc. Working with children generally requires a background check. This is routine for everyone who volunteers to work with children. As a volunteer your family will not only do a great service for the community, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to meet diverse people and broaden your horizon!

teenagers • Become involved in renovation or repair efforts for low-income residents • Work at a community food bank • Help walk animals at the Humane Society • Assist at hospitals or clinics • Work on a campaign of local politicians • Help in an adopt a block clean up • Help at a nursing home, spending time with residents

adults •A ssist the elderly for various organizations that serve seniors • Help with churches and other religious affiliations • Aid local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts • Partner with schools to help in classrooms or read to students • Aid the American Red Cross • Help local food pantries - stocking shelves, helping patrons, etc. • Assist at local museums – organizing programs, working with computers, etc. • Participate in a neighborhood or adopt a block clean up. • Provide services at health care agencies, such as sitting with patients, reading to children who are hospitalized, helping with clerical duties, etc. Read more online at


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cleaning out our life closets During the spring time of each year many of us think about and prepare to do spring cleaning. We assess our home, closets, garage, attic, office, or even our life and determine what stays and what must go. All of us have closets or a room that has accumulated things that are old, clothes that do not fit, worn out shoes, things you don’t need any more. We often say “I need to get rid of that” or “One day I am going to clean out that closet or room”. While our intentions may be well, time comes and goes and the closet never gets cleaned out. In the back of our mind we remind ourselves that I really must get rid of that old stuff.

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Just as closets or storage rooms are filled with old things that we don’t need, our lives are also filled with things of the past that we don’t need or have out grown. These things can get in the way of our personal growth, emotional growth, and even hamper our spiritual growth.

Closets I’ll be honest. I had four closets that had accumulated old stuff over the past years since high school. I had old favorite sweat shirts, t-shirts that had grown too small, old 33 albums, some of you don’t know what that isit is a large 12 inch plastic CD that played music on a machine called a record player. I had old 8-track tapes ©2014 Revive! Omaha Magazine

that I still held on to. I know I’m not the only one. If the truth be told, you probably could mention your own old accumulated stuff too. Similar to life, we hold on to old experiences that are over and we never get past it. That is a type of closet. We still remember the hurt or pain like it was yesterday. We hold on to former relationships that are now over; yet, we relive the bad times as if were still going on. Just like the stuff in the closets, we never really let it go. In some cases you may be holding on to things that don’t fit like a current relationship that you have outgrown. You have moved to a different place in life but the person you are with is still the same, talking the same, acting the same, and not going anyplace in life. In your heart of hearts you know you have outgrown the relationship, but you are afraid to let it go. The relationship drains you emotionally, financially, or even may be physically abusive…yet you hang on. Just as closets needed to be cleaned out. We to need to do spring cleaning in the closets of our life. Our closets of life are hurtful memories, poor health habits, people, places, past mistakes, unhealthy relationships, and other bad habits.

The Bible says that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, all things have become brand new. 5. Maintain a positive outlook about spring cleaning your closets of life. You can develop a positive outlook by disciplining your mind through positive repetition. Read positive material every day, such as the Bible, encouraging stories, uplifting poems. Listen to uplifting music or audio books. Spend time with people who are positive. Use positive language when talking about yourself and others. 6. Pursue your passion. By passion, I mean an activity that when you do it or even speak about it, you get excited. You come alive. Your enthusiasm bubbles over. When you pursue your passion, it will give you momentum in your life and allow you to pursue your purpose. If you know you need to do spring cleaning and get rid of that old stuff like past hurts, old memories of being abused, or want to move out of a bad relationship, do something about it. Turn on the light, make a list and do your spring cleaning today.

How to Clean out the Closet A closet is dark until someone reaches up, pulls the switch, and turns on the light. To clean out the closets of life, we need to let the Lord shine light into every area. Light brings revelation and visibility to the closet. When the light is on, you can see exactly what is in the closet and then deal with it. 1. A dmit that you need to do spring cleaning. Turn on the light in your closets of life. In other words- you need to change. The light will reveal the things that need to be cleaned out and makes things clear. 2. R ealize that if you keep doing what you are doing, you will keep getting what you have. 3. A dmit that you cannot do this alone. You have had these issues all of this time and have not been able to get rid of them. 4. A sk for help in turning on the light in your closets. Jesus is the one who can bring light into your dark areas (closets). He can make the dark places light. He can help you clean out the old and put on the new. Read more online at

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a non-profit by Lisa L. Laday-Davis, CPA CPCU ARM-P ARe: Davis Insurance Agency, Inc./DavTech Risk Solutions, Inc.

Thinking of starting a new Nonprofit? One of the first things you should consider, in conjunction with the organizational plan and financial projections, is how do I identify, manage and insure my risk? Any organization in operation is susceptible to loss and, despite efforts to prevent it, accidents will happen. Nonprofits have a wide range of special needs due to grant funding, fundraising, use of volunteers and mission based services. Having an insurance and risk management plan is an essential key for every Nonprofit. It is up to you, along with consultation with an insurance broker, to determine which products are economical and best matches your nonprofit’s particular exposure. It is also important to note that even with the most comprehensive insurance program, there are still some uninsured risks in every organization.

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Insurance is a contract (policy) meant to provide financial protection against a particular risk of loss. There are several types of insurance available to Nonprofits. Insurance policies are generally referred to as either third-party insurance or first-party insurance. First-party insurance generally covers losses of the organization’s assets, while third-party protects against claims made by a party other than the organization. Below are some insurance products that may be used by a Nonprofit:

Directors and Officers

Third-party insurance covering liability arising from certain kinds of “wrongful acts” committed by a nonprofit or its directors and officers. If endorsed, it may cover employment discrimination claims.

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Workers’ Compensation

Statutory coverage providing wage replacement and medical benefits for work related injuries to employees, regardless of fault. The cost of this insurance is mainly rated based on payroll, type of service and past history of claims.

General Liability

Third-party insurance that covers physical injury or property damage claims by a third party, based on their loss (ie, slips and falls)


Volunteer Accidental Medical Third-party insurance to assist in compensating volunteers who are injured while performing volunteer services for the nonprofit. The amount (premium) a nonprofit pays for most insurance coverage varies based on the organization and its operations, and is in part calculated based on the organization’s experience and claims history. Many insurance policies are also “auditable”. This means the insurance company has the right to audit the nonprofit’s activities at the end of the policy period

First-party insurance that protects against loss of, or damage to, the organization’s property.

to determine variations in the information used on

Auto Physical Damage and Liability


Has first-party and third-party functions in insuring an organization‘s risk of loss, arising from the ownership and use of motor vehicles. Even if the nonprofit does not own a vehicle, it should obtain “hired and nonowned” coverage. It provides coverage in the event the organization faces a claim from an employee or volunteer driving their own or a rented vehicle on behalf of the organization.

the application to calculate premium (ie, workers’ It is crucial for any organization to incorporate risk management and insurance in the beginning planning stages with the board and senior management to ensure appropriate coverage, risk mitigation and comprehensive financial planning. Insurance and risk management plans should be reviewed annually and adjusted if needed to account for changes in activities, financials and property.

The Omaha African-American Male Achievement Collaboration Omaha one of 11 Cities selected for comprehensive African-American Male Achievement Initiative

May 15, 2014 Press Conference - Omaha African-American Male Achievement Collaboration with Mayor Jean Stothert, Empowerment Network, National League of Cities, PolicyLink and Community Partners. Photo by: Surreal Media Lab

With President Barack Obama’s recent announcement and launch of his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, the interest in Black Male Achievement is at an all-time high. And, on the heels of the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis tragedies and verdicts, the awareness of the challenges and issues facing African-American boys and young men has been brought to center stage across the country. The negative statistics concerning African-American males are constantly highlighted. The barrage of images of black men as victims and perpetrators of gun violence, high school drop outs, and high levels of involvement in the justice and prison system are broadcast on a daily basis. Major projects are now underway to address these issues on a larger scale. Over the past five years, on the national level, philanthropic organizations and others have been refocusing attention and aligning investments to target specific efforts on Black Male Achievement. The Casey Foundation developed a comprehensive report on the state of graduation rates for African-American boys. The Open Society Foundation launched the Black Male Achievement Campaign with Shawn Dove as national president. In 2013, the National League of Cities with the support of the Open Society Foundation and PolicyLink created an eleven city cohort referred to as the Black Male Achievement Initiative. During the spring of 2013, the Empowerment Network and City of Omaha made an application to the National 16 | REVIVE! Omaha

League of Cities to become part of their Black Male Achievement Initiative. Omaha was notified in May of 2013 that it was one of 11 cities selected to move forward with a technical assistance grant to develop a comprehensive plan focused on the success of African-American boys and young men in Omaha. The Empowerment Network Collaboration, a seven year nationally recognized initiative, includes all of these goals and has active collaborations and measurable results in each area identified as priorities by the National League of Cities. Mayor Jean Stothert agreed to continue the city’s participation with the initiative in partnership with the Empowerment Network and assigned Cameron Gales and Barb Farho as the cities representatives. Willie Barney, President and Facilitator of the Empowerment Network, is the community leader and facilitator. One of the requirements for the NLC initiative is the active involvement of elected officials as stakeholders. The Omaha project includes a number of elected officials including African-American leaders: City Councilmen Ben Gray and Franklin Thompson; Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers; Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing; School Board Members Justin Wayne, Marque Snow and Yolanda Williams (for a complete list of stakeholders and partners, please visit The focus of the initiative is five-fold: strengthening African-American families; improving educational outcomes; improving access to quality health care; connecting AA young men and ©2014 Revive! Omaha Magazine

men to employment; and reducing involvement in violence. The planning team worked with a group of community partners during the summer of 2013 to develop an initial action plan which was submitted to the National League of Cities to qualify for a year of additional technical assistance. As a part of the process, over 40 representatives from various entities worked on the plan, and 20 signed letters of intent and agreed to participate formally to: 1. Engage in planning with other Stakeholders 2. Participate within an agreed upon structure 3. Collect and Share Data 4. Align Strategies as part of a Comprehensive Plan 5. Actively Engage Youth in Decision-making Now, over 50 organizations have agreed to participate with the plan as it continues to move forward and others are joining in each month. The group has also hosted two community meetings to gather additional ideas and recommendations for the strategies. In Omaha, working together to address the plight of African-American young men is not a new phenomenon. One of the early initiatives of the African-American Achievement Council was the Greeters program. The goal of the highly successful Greeters plan was to get African-American Males reengaged in the education system. Paul Bryant created a leadership initiative focused on making learning “the cool thing to do”. The 100 Black Men launched mentoring programs focused on AfricanAmerican young men. The Urban League followed with the Urban Youth Empowerment Series. The Empowerment Network and other partners launched a summer jobs initiative to engage young men and women in positive employment opportunities. The Network also launched Impact One, the Omaha 360 Collaboration and other initiatives to reduce gun violence. These are just a few of the initiatives that have made a positive impact on African-American boys and young men. Together, the 100 Black Men, Urban League and Empowerment Network are in their 5th year of hosting the Black Male Summit featuring 50 positive African-American male role models and 150 African-American 9th graders from Omaha Public Schools. Collaboratively, the Network partners have worked to address many of the issues related to employment, education, housing, health, violence and neighborhood revitalization. Other efforts directly targeted at AA young men have also been launched. Black Men United annually hosts Read more online at

“Fathers Take Your Children to School” and “Take a Young Black Man to Church” day campaigns in partnership with the Black Star Project. In November of 2013, the Center for Holistic Development brought the American Promise documentary to Omaha for the first time and has launched “Keepers of the Promise”, an AfricanAmerican Leadership program for young men. NETV has developed a documentary about African American males in Nebraska that will debut in August 2014. Collectively, these efforts and others like them are producing results. The graduation rate for AfricanAmerican young men has increased from 49% to 68%. The goal is to increase to a minimum of 90%. The gun violence rate in North Omaha has been reduced by 43% between 2008 and 2013. The percentage of African-American males taking Advanced Placement classes, the ACT and attending post secondary education/college have all increased. In addition, the number of young men engaged in summer employment, internships and accessing health care have all increased. To learn more or to get involved, please visit or call 402-502-5153. REVIVE! Omaha | 17


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Standing Together Six years ago, African-American men came together to launch the Striving for Success: Black Male Summit. Nearly 100 men from many walks of life have stood together and participated in this successful project. These are some of the men that have been a part of the group. This summer, we are working to recruit hundreds of additional African-American men to get involved with the summit, OAAMAC, mentoring, coaching and in other ways to raise the next generation of African-American young men. Please go to for more information. Now is the time to stand together.

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Each June during National Homeownership Month, Americans have the opportunity to reflect on how homeownership has enhanced our lives and contributed to the thriving communities we call home. Family Housing Advisory Services (FHAS) Homeownership Program is helping make the dream of homeownership a reality for families in the metropolitan Omaha and Council Bluffs, IA area. They assist current and prospective homeowners throughout the Metropolitan area in their efforts to acquire and maintain their homes. Their educational workshops, one-on-one personalized services, and other services are designed to help families and individuals build and maintain wealth through savings and equity in their homes.

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review and improve their current financial readiness for the home buying process. They also assist individuals to successfully identify potential properties and financing opportunities. Helping them gain basic knowledge of the purchase, mortgage and closing process of the home buying procedures. This also allows those individuals to develop and gain an understanding of the basic concepts involved in home maintenance and financial management after a home purchase has been attained. Family Housing Advisory Services is a HUD approved counseling agency, which means they are an approved resource for some down payment assistance programs. who seek a better understanding of the right steps in purchasing a home and owning a home.

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3rd Annual African-American Leadership Conference Engagement. Empowerment. Excellence.

Come spend the day with local, regional and national African-American leaders focused on career advancement, leadership development and community-building. Enhance your leadership skills, access new tools and resources, explore opportunities to help improve the community and expand your network. The African-American Leadership Conference is again attracting interest from across the U.S. Five highly successful and celebrated national leaders and partners have already committed to join us as keynote speakers along with other local and regional experts in their respective fields. We’re expecting leaders from 20 plus cities to participate in this year’s conference.

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(September 2014 marks the 8th Anniversary of leaders coming together to create the African-American Empowerment Network.)

Know Before You Go

Aims to Help African-American Breast Cancer Patients by Jo Giles

Not once, not twice but three times. Linda Briggs can tell you about each of her bouts with breast cancer. “When the doctor said, ‘You have breast cancer’, it takes the wind out of you. You go into fear mode and that’s how I made my treatment decisions,” Briggs said. Her third battle with breast cancer taught her that there’s a better way to make treatment decisions. And she’s working with the Nebraska Breast Health Navigator program to help other women. The Nebraska Breast Health Navigator program trains women, like Briggs, on the latest and best treatment options. Then, the navigators can go with women diagnosed with breast cancer to their health care appointments at any health system in the Omaha area.

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“We are not there to ask questions or make decisions for the women, but we listen and encourage each woman to ask the right questions and get information so that she can make her treatment decision,” Briggs said. The Know Before You Go campaign is designed to support women once they are told they have breast cancer. Before they go back for treatment, they can call a breast health navigator to go with them. And it’s free. “It’s critical for women, especially African American women to know they have options. Too many of us have unnecessary procedures,” said Jackie Hill, codirector of the Nebraska Breast Health Navigator program and community nurse liaison in the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health.

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Hill, a breast cancer survivor, also founded My Sister’s Keeper to connect and support African-American women with breast cancer. Briggs became a member of the group, and learned about the importance of advocating for her health. When Briggs felt a small lump, she knew she needed a mammogram. And once she found out it was cancer… “I was bound and determined to get the best care for me. I asked for all of my options. I went from being knocked out into prayer mode. And

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then I fell back on what I knew and learned. I was positive and decided to go to see a specialist to take care of this,” she said. Seeing a specialist (cancer doctor) can be scary, but that’s where navigators can be beneficial. “African-American women in Nebraska, typically, are diagnosed with breast cancer at higher rates than other women and their cancers are more advanced,” Edibaldo SilvaLopez, M.D., Ph.D., UNMC oncologist and surgeon and co-director of the Nebraska Breast Health Navigator program. While it is critical to treat rapidly growing cancers, Dr. Silva reports advances in genetics allow doctors to recommend personalized treatments. These options can be factored into a woman’s decision-making process. Briggs said seeing a cancer specialist was the best decision. She hopes other women will call for a navigator and be an advocate for their health. “Allow us to walk with you through this journey. We know what the treatment is like, and we can help you with information and emotional support along the way,” said Briggs.

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Facts: • Breast cancer treatment is individualized so it is important to see an oncologist (cancer doctor specialist) for treatment • Be an advocate for your health • Ask questions at each doctor’s appointment and write down the answers • Know your family history – have any other members of your family had cancer? Make sure you tell your doctor.

Statistics: • One in nine African-American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. • Breast cancer is the second leading cancer killer of African-American women, second only to lung cancer • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among African-American women aged 40-55 • African-American women develop breast cancer at an earlier age than other races.

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Rebuilding the Village:

7 Year Empowerment Network Journey by Willie Barney

Seven years ago, the question was “can we work together to make measurable, tangible change in our community?” Seven years later, the resounding answer is, absolutely! The positive changes are gaining the attention of leaders and cities across the nation. This news may come as a surprise to some because most of the media’s attention is directed towards the negative aspects of our community. To be clear, there are major issues and significant gaps related to employment, education, housing and quality of life yet to be fully solved, but the collective results after seven years are promising and encouraging. To put things in perspective, it is important to remember what was happening eight years ago. In 2006, the graduation rate for African-American young men was less than 50%. Gun violence was moving towards a record high. After a peak of 3,000 jobs in the 80’s and 90’s, there were only 30 organized summer jobs for at-risk youth. There were very few positive events and activities in the 24th and Lake St. area and the Malcolm X Foundation did not have a building or many activities on the site. 30th and Parker was identified as one of the most violent corners and neighborhoods in the entire city. A 2005 study by the Omaha Economic Development Corporation revealed that North Omaha was the same or worse off since the original studies in the late 70’s. And, to cap it all off, the World-Herald, using 2006 data showed that African-

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American child poverty was the highest in the country. On April 27, 2007, the Empowerment Network publically launched the Empower Omaha! initiative and the Empowerment Covenant under the theme of “Do Your Part! Rise Up and Rebuild the Village.” The group had been meeting for nearly a year in small groups which eventually led to large summits and forums attracting hundreds of residents. With George Fraser as the keynote speaker, a nationally known business executive and networking expert, 150 leaders came together to officially launch the Empowerment strategies for individuals and leaders. There was excitement, but the big question was, “how long would it last and would it make much of a difference?” At the heart of the message were three key principles, personal responsibility, leadership accountability and comprehensive collaboration. The Empowerment Network set out to “connect, communicate, coordinate, collaborate, create and celebrate.” Every meeting started with individuals reviewing their own commitment and actions. Leaders were convened to review the trends and develop specific plans of action. And, there was a strong realization that no individual organization, church, business or single governmental agency could accomplish everything that was necessary to change the trajectory for AfricanAmericans and the North Omaha community.

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So, what about the “measurable, tangible results?” Seven years later because of collaboration, alignment and initial investments, progress has indeed occurred. Graduation rates have increased from 55% to 75%. Reading and math scores are on the rise, up as much as 15% over the past four years. The gun violence rate is down -43% in Northeast Omaha and -26% citywide since the launch of the Empowerment Network’s Omaha 360 Collaboration. Over 2,400 summer jobs for at-risk youth have been created since the launch of the Great Summer Jobs Program and Step-Up Omaha. Hundreds of housing units have been developed. 30th and Parker is the heart of the 75 North Revitalization efforts and Prospect Village plan. An art, culture, business and entertainment district is emerging at 24th and Lake St. and Malcolm X has its own center. 13,000 plus North Omaha residents have been registered to vote. Over 30 important pieces of legislation have been passed. Major cultural events like MLK Week, Stroll Down Memory Lane and Christmas in the Village have been launched with thousands attending. Healthier foods and more preventative health care are more accessible in North Omaha. Well over $200 million in revitalization projects has occurred, with $200 million more currently underway. African-Americans and North Omaha residents are actively engaged and involved in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of large and small initiatives that directly impact our community. A key part of the success; the plans at the heart of the Empowerment Network are the direct result of surveying, polling and gathering feedback and recommendations from over 3,000 residents and 1,000+ youth and young adults. This plan was created and developed by African-Americans, North Omaha residents and partners from throughout the city. With the support and involvement of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals, AfricanAmericans, North Omaha residents and the citizens of Greater Omaha have experienced positive changes on many fronts. While there’s still much work ahead and the level of improvements aren’t typically well covered by the media, some truly amazing things are happening in Omaha. Some negative long-term trends have been reversed; progress has been accelerated and built on the momentum of a 10 year strategic plan, referred to as the Transformation 2025 Initiative. Read more online at

The Empowerment Network Collaboration has been one of the catalysts, but many efforts, initiatives and projects are contributing to the overall changes. New collaborations, organizations and projects in the areas of employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing, transportation, faith, violence prevention, health, healthy families, media and the arts have been created. Along the way, many organizations, initiatives and both large and small scale efforts have been launched. The launch of the Empowerment Network happened at nearly the same time as the creation of other large scale collaborations including; Building Bright Futures, the Chamber’s North Omaha Development Project, Learning Community and substantial increased investments in education and other initiatives by the Sherwood Foundation, Weitz Family Foundation, Lozier Foundation, Holland Foundation, William and Ruth Scott Foundation and other philanthropic organizations. City, county and state elected officials have started to make more targeted investments in North Omaha. In addition, the Omaha Public Schools District has launched and implemented significant education reforms. Both the previous board and the new board have made significant changes to improve outcomes for all students. With a new strategic plan now approved and in place with key goals, there are high expectations across the community. The reality is, and history will reveal that there were plenty of times where leaders of the various initiatives were at odds. But, the results speak for themselves. Collectively, Omaha is in a much better position than it was seven years ago. Originally designed and created by African-Americans and North Omaha residents, the Empowerment Network has grown to include participants of all races from throughout the region and nation. With some measurable successes now in the rear view mirror and significant issues still at hand, the community is setting much larger and more aggressive goals of becoming number one in the nation for employment, entrepreneurship, education and quality of life through the Transformation 2025 Initiative. With strategic collaboration, alignment and targeted investments, Omaha will be the first city in the country to close longstanding gaps which have traditionally been based on racial and geographic segregation. Omaha will be transformed into a great city, thriving and prosperous, in every zip code and neighborhood. REVIVE! Omaha | 27

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Yes, Omaha is on the move. It’s time to ACCELERATE the pace of TRANSFORMATION!

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The first phase of the Transformation 2025 Initiative has officially launched. Building on seven years of collaborative efforts, the transformation initiative challenges leaders and residents to achieve visionary goals and objectives. The rest of 2014 and 2015 will provide necessary time to finalize proposals based on current work, further alignment of large and small efforts, piloting a few of the newer initiatives and completing the identification of funding sources and raising of needed investments. The plan will go into full effect between 2016 and 2025. Already ranked in the top five and top 10 in key categories, a collective vision and mission of

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transforming Omaha into the number one city in the nation for employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing and quality of life has been set! Omaha will be the first city in the country to close long-standing gaps which have been traditionally and typically based on race and geographic segregation. While there is much work ahead, key trends are finally moving in the right direction. The nation is taking notice. Over 20 cities have expressed an interest in replicating work that is occurring in Omaha. Our Vision: To Unite and Transform Omaha into a GREAT city—thriving and prosperous, in every zip code and neighborhood. One. Great. Omaha! The Empowerment Network in collaboration with residents, neighborhood associations, city, county, state and federal elected officials, faith leaders, community-

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based organizations, social agencies, governmental institutions, health providers, law enforcement, businesses and others have launched an initiative referred to as Transformation 2025. The initiative is a 10 year strategy which builds on the current trends and includes annual benchmarks to accomplish these objectives: 1) make Omaha number one in the nation for employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing and quality of life; and 2) close long standing gaps that have typically been based on race and geographic segregation. The partners realize these objectives, and the goals will only be reached through collaboration, alignment and strategic reallocation of investments. The measurable goals:

• 5,000 unemployed individuals connected to sustainable living wage jobs and careers • 250 new or expanded businesses • 90% graduate prepared for college and career • 5,000 new or improved housing units in North and South Omaha • 90% safer and healthier community • 2,500 families lifted out of poverty • 250,000 tourists and visitors attracted to North and South Omaha to enjoy the arts, culture, business and entertainment opportunities. Where will we generate the funds and investments to accomplish these goals? A conservative estimate shows that over $2 billion is being spent annually on prisons, jails, police, the justice system and other social costs on the back end of the equation. If 10% of those expenses could be redirected and reinvested on the front-end in prevention and intervention, every strategy outlined in the Transformation 2025 Initiative could be fully covered and paid for over the next 10 years. As a result, the long-term savings generated for tax payers would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars within 10 years and multi-billions of dollars over the next 50 years. In addition to the savings generated, the community and city would benefit even more by increased economic vitality through increased graduation rates, better educated and prepared graduates, more taxpaying citizens, a higher performing workforce and Read more online at

accelerated market growth. With more individuals and families making living wages, the economy will experience even greater growth. At the heart of the movement are some core principles: 1) Bi-partisan and/or Non-partisan Support. Republicans, Democrats and independents are involved in the development and implementation of this plan. Far too often, our community and nation are pushed to extremes. We focus more on what separates us then what we have in common. The transformation is not about a hand-out, but a handup. It uniquely combines personal responsibility and leadership accountability. REVIVE! Omaha | 29

justice, enforcement and social programs. The more people we have working, the stronger our economy will be. The systematic and evolutionary transition to less expensive prevention and intervention programs will dramatically reduce social costs saving tax payers money. 3) Personal Responsibility and Mobilization. This has been a long standing component of the Empowerment Network. Before asking what others can do for us, we have always started with ourselves first. The expectations in this area will be lifted even higher. We will push for even more commitment to reduce teen pregnancy, increase marriage rates, more involvement in our children’s education, join neighborhood associations, become mentors, volunteering, and become informed and engaged voters. The commitments start with signing the Empowerment Covenant, Pledge for Peace, and extend well beyond paper to specific actions that each individual, family and organization will take to address issues before they become issues.

There are elements of each person doing their part, while also realizing there are certain policies that reinforce negative behaviors and systems that create unnecessary barriers to success. No one will be totally satisfied with everything in the transformation plan, but will find recommendations and strategies from all sides incorporated into the plan. 2) F ocus on return on investment and reducing tax payer expenses. The transformation initiative incorporates proven strategies that generate both a social and economic return on investment. As these strategies are implemented, the tax burden will be reduced on individual citizens as more residents have sustainable living wages and begin to pay taxes themselves. The strategic investments on the front end in prevention and intervention will reduce the spending currently being spent on prison, jails, 30 | REVIVE! Omaha

4) Leadership Engagement and Accountability. The city of Omaha, Douglas County and state of Nebraska cannot rest on their high rankings in the areas of employment, education and quality of life. While the city and state can boast of low unemployment rates, high academic performance and graduation rates and some of the highest quality health care in the nation, the job is not complete until all residents are able to take advantage of these great results. The city can no longer tolerate unemployment rates of 25%, graduation rates of 75%, home ownership rates of 35% and poverty rates of 40% and higher for some of its neighborhoods. The only way we can become a great city in every zip code across all races and neighborhoods is for the active engagement of elected officials and leaders from every sector. We must hold each other accountable to addressing policies, strategies and investments from top to bottom. 5) Comprehensive collaboration, alignment and strategic reinvestment. The transformation initiative recognizes that it’s impossible for one business, church, organization, institution or governmental body to accomplish the visionary goals and objectives listed above in isolation. However, based on the outcomes of collaborative efforts of current initiatives, we can now see what’s possible. ©2014 Revive! Omaha Magazine

Graduation rates are increasing. Reading, math and science scores are improving. Record numbers of students are going to college. Higher numbers of youth are engaged in summer jobs and internships. Gun violence rates are finally decreasing, with occasional spikes. Hundreds of housing units have been developed in targeted areas. With more collaboration, alignment and strategic reinvestment and reallocating of funds, we can accelerate the pace of transformation and reach our goals by 2025. It will take each of us doing our part and working in more collaborative ways. There’s no question, this can be accomplished primarily by systematically realigning and reallocation of existing funds. For more information, please visit Empower Omaha online at and select “Transformation 2025� Read more online at

The Transformation 2025 initiative builds on the collective work and collaborative outcomes from the past seven years and incorporates the input and recommendations of over 3,000 adults and 1,000+ youth and young adults. The strategies continue to evolve and the community will have more time over the next six months to get involved in further developing the plans, participating in the implementation and working together to evaluate the progress and make needed adjustments. REVIVE! Omaha | 31

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Charles Drew Health Center New Chief Executive Officer Charles Drew Health Center’s (CDHC) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Kenny D. McMorris as the Health Center’s new Chief Executive Officer. McMorris brings to the Health Center leadership, knowledge and experience in directing, managing and coordinating health care delivery systems, organizational management and patient services coordination. As CEO, McMorris is responsible for all aspects of the Health Center’s operations. He will also lead the development of a vision and plan for Charles Drew Health Center’s future growth. “I truly look forward to continuing to serve the Omaha community,” McMorris states. “This is a pivotal point in this nation’s history in terms of health care. At Charles Drew Health Center, we are on the front lines of providing quality comprehensive care to populations that are underserved and typically would go without. I embrace my new role with CDHC with pride and enthusiasm. I look forward to providing leadership that will impact this community for generations to come.” McMorris is married to Makayla and they have two children; Kenny Jr. and Makenli McMorris. His family belongs to Clair Memorial United Methodist and St. John AME Church.

Miss Black Nebraska US Ambassador: JaNae Vinson JaNae Vinson of Omaha, Nebraska was recently named Miss Black Nebraska US Ambassador. Her platform is health education, and her campaign is REVIVE Nebraska. REVIVE stands for Realizing External Visions and Internal Values Everyday. With that, she is focusing on educating the community about the importance of well-being and holistic health. To learn more about Miss Black Nebraska and to support her campaign, email her at:

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business spotlight

Worthy Dental Q&A: Dr. Justin Jones

6530 Sorensen Parkway • (402) 571-7200 Tell us about Worthy Dental and the services you offer: The mission at Worthy Dental is to educate the public about dental disease, provide the highest quality dental treatment and maintain a familial approach in the treatment of our patients. My little brother, Marcus Jones, is the inspiration for the name of my practice. He was given the nickname “Worthy.” It stuck until the day he passed away in 1999 from diabetes. He was 22 years old and unaware he had the disease until it was too late. The services that we offer include: Bridges, Crowns, Dentures, Extractions, Implant Restorations, Partials, Pediatric, Restorative Procedures, Veneers and Whitening.

What intrigued you to pursue a career in the dental field? I am actually a Wisconsin native. So, my passion for dentistry began on long bus rides across the city of Racine, Wisconsin just to get to the dentist. My mother would take us all the way across town on multiple city busses for dental visits because there were no dentists in my neighborhood, which was a low-income, predominantly African American, underserved area. I was impressed with the dentists’ work ethic, not to mention my own smile was greatly improved. So, my goal since childhood has been to serve the community in which I live by providing the finest and most comfortable dental care possible. After my parents divorced, my father, my younger brother and myself relocated to Omaha in 1990. I attended and graduated from Central High School, all the while with the goal of attending college and then dental school.

What are your hopes and visions for North Omaha? My vision for North Omaha is for it to become a modern day “Black Wall Street.” There was a community in Tulsa, Oklahoma called Greenwood. It is the home of the GAP Band and was known as “The Black Wall Street.” This area was a vital African American community. Greenwood Avenue was home to the Black American commercial district which included many thriving businesses, including grocery stores, banks, libraries, and much more. This was one of the most successful and wealthiest African American communities in the United States during the early 20th Century. Successful African Americans helping each other make their community vital and strong. That’s what I want for North Omaha. 36 | REVIVE! Omaha

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Investing in People and Projects

High on the list of unsung heroes in North Omaha’s revitalization is the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC). Serving the Community since 1977, OEDC has sincerely and earnestly practiced community and economic development in North Omaha because service is central to its mission. OEDC has served because serving is the right thing to do. OEDC has more than three decades of dedicated commitment to North Omaha. No big deal, its mission is “To implement economic development projects and community revitalization programs that create housing, jobs, training, business ownership opportunities and other economic benefits for area residents.” Most recently, OEDC partnered with NIFA, the Empowerment Network, the City of Omaha and others in the development of a comprehensive North Omaha Revitalization Plan. In 2011, as a major part of the rebuilding process, OEDC constructed four new healthy, green homes in the Prospect Hills area and substantially rehabilitated The Margaret; making it the State’s first energy independent, multi-family, affordable housing complex. This year, OEDC is on the move in the Fair Deal Urban District, developing a new 40 unit multi-family complex and five new single family homes; and, partnering with the City of Omaha and the Empowerment Network to launch the Step Up Omaha Program for youth ages 14-24. OEDC is on the move and North Omaha is Rising!

Omaha Economic Development Corporation

Michael B. Maroney, President • 2221 North 24 Street • Omaha

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