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Table Grace, our dining feature, invites everyone in for lunch, supper, music and fellowship, regardless of ability to pay. Owners Simone and Matt Weber have dedicated themselves to creating a community that lifts one another up. Also featured is Ali Yahnke Clark, owner of Snowshoe Candy Co. and the winner of this year’s Get Started Omaha event, which enabled her to purchase the equipment necessary to elevate her candy making business to the next level. Even our youth are learning the value of giving back. At just 12-years-old, Lilly Maddox organizes an annual shoe drive for her birthday to help others who aren’t as fortunate.
Organizations such as Rejuvenating Women devote themselves to improving the life of even just one person. Founder Julie Shrader and her team are working to help restore women who have been victims of human trafficking. A very real problem that sometimes we don’t want to realize is happening locally. There is so much good happening in our community, and it’s the result of all of us, collectively, giving others a “hand up” to achieve their goals, which in turn makes our entire community a better place. Carol Sprunk Publisher
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After deciding to work with local builder ADC Homes, the Jackson’s were approached about turning the project into a 2012 Street of Dreams Home, which was being held in their Coventry Estates neighborhood. As soon as they agreed, custom touches were incorporated throughout the two-story, five-bedroom, 5,500 sq. ft. home. As a former teacher, family organization was imperative for Rebecca. As a result, a wall-size dry-erase master calendar was incorporated into the oversized mud room. “It’s the life center of the house and has been one of the best things we’ve ever done,” she said. There’s also a study/play room for the kids, with
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li Clark Yahnke’s favorite season for candy making has always been winter. Growing up in Wisconsin, she loved activities that imparted feelings of warmth and comfort such as cooking and knitting and has fond memories of enjoying handmade caramels from her grandfather at the holidays. One year at Thanksgiving she visited her grandparents and Ali’s grandfather taught her the craft of making caramels. Every year from then on, she has made many batches of caramel to share with friends and family, not knowing that one day her hobby would turn into a burgeoning candy business. After moving to Omaha in 2011, Ali made small batches of caramels that she’d share with her new community. Having sold at the farmer’s market for her other job as a market farmer, she thought to bring a batch of caramels to the last market of the season. In no time she’d sold out, and soon customers asked how to get them to give as gifts
for the holidays. Soon she was selling at holiday markets and as sales grew, Ali realized she wanted to turn her hobby into a business. Reflecting back on her love of winter, she recalled a time she had gone snowshoeing in the mountains, and the name seemed to fit perfectly: Snowshoe Candy Company, “a simple way to enjoy winter,” she said.
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OUR business For the first few years Ali made her candy in a stock pot, stirring the caramel by hand. Because caramel melts easily in warm temperatures, she only makes caramels during the cooler months. Batches were small, and demand kept growing. When she heard about Cox Communications’ Get Started Omaha pitch competition to help entrepreneurs, she decided to send in a submission, and was selected as one of six finalists. “The biggest barrier to my growth was using modified home cooking equipment,” Ali explained. “Winning $7500 in the competition allowed me to buy a commercial cooker.” After working with a pitch coach, Ali practiced her two and a half minute presentation in front of the mirror. Following her presentation, a panel of four judges asked questions about her business. “All the pitches were so strong and with good business plans, but I felt good afterward,” she said. Her preparation paid off—Snowshoe Candy Co. was the winner of the 2017 Get Started Omaha pitch competition. She won $7500 cash and a $2500 Cox Media package. “I was shocked that I won!” Ali said. Not only was she able to buy a top of the line copper cooker, but she was also able to build out a professional kitchen. With the Cox Media package, she decided to create a video to use for a crowdfunding campaign to purchase another piece of equipment: a wrapping machine. Raising more than $15,000, Ali plans to buy a wrapping machine that will automate what she has previously done by hand—the tedious process of wrapping caramels with
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n average of 900 individuals are sold each month in the state of Nebraska for human trafficking.* That’s a chilling statistic that most people might be surprised to learn. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that has resulted from the ease of online access to sites where people are sold into this type of slavery, and locally Interstate 80 has become a pipeline for transporting individuals. But a local organization is not only bringing awareness to the issue, it’s also helping to restore the lives of those who have been victims of human trafficking and exploitation.
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Rejuvenating Women began as a Facebook page: Shame No More. Founder Julie Shrader, who spent 25 years in the medical field, created the page to help others who shared her struggle in dealing with feelings of shame over events from her past. As she began talking with other women who had been abused, exploited, and raped, she realized there was a deeper need to provide them with support, education, and the faith needed to lead healthy, independent lives. So Julie decided to dedicate herself to helping others and established Rejuvenating Women as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in March of 2013. Recognizing the issues that women who have been trafficked face are complex and donâ€™t distinguish between race, religion, or socio-economic status, Rejuvenating Women has developed a multiphase, faith-based program. Phase One begins with making sure the women who come into the program are safe. Other common issues, such as alcohol and drug addiction, also need to be assessed and addressed. As women move through the phases, each of which often takes months to achieve, they progress through emotional, cognitive, and behavioral
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services. “Even monthly donations of $20 would help cover the cost of basic necessities such as food,” Julie said. In addition to helping women who have just been freed from human trafficking, thanks to the awareness that Rejuvenating Women has created, women are coming forward who were trafficked and exploited by family members as children. “These are men and women who are now adults and leading seemingly normal lives, but who have never addressed the emotional trauma that the years of sexual abuse has caused and are keeping their past a secret,” Julie said. In fact, Rejuvenating Women began a new support group on Monday evenings, designed specifically for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Because awareness of human trafficking is key to its prevention, Rejuvenating Women recently started local awareness groups. Staff is happy to speak to small groups of friends at a home or employees in an office setting and discuss signs to look for in human trafficking, and ways they can help. “No matter what you’ve been through, however dark it may be, there’s always hope for every person,” Julie said. “There’s an answer to the chaos in life. We can be healed from anything and can find happiness again.”
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f youâ€™re not familiar with the small, community restaurant tucked along Farnam Street between 16th and 17th Streets downtown, you need to be. The concept is simple: provide healthy food for anyone who walks in the door, and you can either make a monetary donation in any amount, or you can volunteer in the restaurant. Either way, youâ€™re guaranteed a warm, delicious meal and a place to connect with others in the community.
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Owners Matt and Simone Weber, both musicians who first met at a music camp in high school, have always been mission minded. After attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln, they moved to New York City where Matt studied at the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute and interned at the James Beard House. Knowing that food was healing, he wanted to cook with more purpose rather than just food for entertainment. Simultaneously, Simone was pursuing her passion for song writing and singing, and wanted to use her talents to help those in need. After deciding to move back to Nebraska to be closer to family. She became the Director of Music 40 |
at First Lutheran Church in downtown Omaha. When a parishioner named Grace learned that Simone wanted to professionally record her music, Grace offered to finance the project. “After that we started thinking about additional projects and began to dream bigger,” Simone said. “We wanted to combine music and food to help people in need.” The couple decided they needed to start their own non-profit, and once again Grace offered to help them financially. In 2008, they offered 200 meals per week to families out of the church kitchen. “It was a way to give families more time around a table while eating healthy food,” Matt said. A year and a
half later, Matt visited a restaurant in Denver called SAME Café (So All May Eat). He liked the idea of a community restaurant and decided to create the concept in Omaha. When the Webers found the space at 16th and Farnam, they knew it was the right location. “It’s a crossroads for people of all walk of life,” Matt explained. Within walking distance of the restaurant there’s a homeless shelter, bus stop, the courthouse, and professional office buildings. They felt the blend of people was important. “We believe healthy giving is based on relationships, and there’s no better way to do that than to have a meal with someone,” Simone said.
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Table Grace is a way to give a “hand up” rather than a “hand out,” such as simply giving someone money on the street. Seventy percent of those served at Table Grace are either low or no income. Ten to 20% of those volunteer their time in the restaurant, while the remaining are able to pay a few coins up to $3.00 for a meal. Thirty percent of customers pay generously when they come in. Because there is such a gap, Table Grace has to diversify where they receive their income. Simone released a CD of songs to tell their story and performs them locally. She’s also working on putting together a musical to perform at local theaters. In addition to cooking at the restaurant, Matt provides catering, and next spring he’s launching the Table Grace food truck. Although the menu is small—pizza, salad, and soup is the core of it—all food is made fresh, with 90% of ingredients being donated from organizations such as Saving Grace. Every day there is a new gourmet pizza and soup, and on Saturdays Matt makes brunch that may include croissant waffles, breakfast enchiladas, or home made cinnamon rolls. He also provides gluten-free and vegan options. The catering menu is more extensive for weddings, conferences, and corporate meals. The Webers want Table Grace to serve as a vehicle for change, which can only be accomplished if more people decide to make a difference by enjoying a meal at the restaurant for a donation. “The people who are trying to get out of poverty value a place like Table Grace so they can get to the next step in their life,” Simone said. “Sometimes problems seem too large to make a difference, but simply by having a meal here you can be a positive impact on someone who needs it right in our community.”
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or more than 40 years shoppers have made Regency a favorite destination, especially at the holidays. With its brick-lined interior and enclosed store-fronts only steps apart from each other, Regency was originally designed as a small-town village as part of the overall Regency development. Locals who lived in the housing division and worked in the adjacent business park could walk over to shop and dine as an extension of their own neighborhood.
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Today, Regency appeals to a much wider audience with its emphasis on one and only retailers unique to Omaha. National merchants such as Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and Pottery Barn Kids provide a wide draw. Local retailers such as Borsheims, Parsow’s Fashions, Tilly, and Christian Nobel Furs bring an additional niche clientele. Fleming’s, Bonefish Grill, and Paradise Bakery offer a variety of dining options so there’s something for everyone. But what unifies all of these merchants are the family-friendly events they host throughout the year. “We aren’t what we used to be,” said Regency’s General Manager, Alicia Peters. “We are doing much more to appeal to younger families and our stores have events centered around them.” These include junior chef classes at Williams-Sonoma, weekly story time at Pottery Barn Kids, and character visits at Learning Express from Peppa the Pig and others. During the summer months Regency holds its Kids Funfair every Thursday, which draws up to 300 families and includes activities such as magician shows and performances by Omaha Street Percussion. Other special events during the year include bringing in local pop-up shops, fashion trunk shows, Borsheims’ wedding showcase and Berkshire Days, American Girl cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, and special event stylings at Garbo’s Salon. Both Fleming’s and Bonefish Grill have popular happy hours as well. But one of Regency’s most notable events is when Santa comes to town. In his eighth year as Santa Claus, Lynn Hendrix, joined by his wife Jackie as Mrs. Claus the past two years, will bring his love and enthusiasm for the holiday to Regency once again. “He’s so popular as Santa because of his personality,” Alicia said. “He’s no different in and out of character. They are both
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As your family grows to include adult children, their spouses, and your grandchildren, you should evaluate whether your estate plan provides for each beneficiary in your life in a way that meets your objectives. Including a lifetime trust arrangement may be something you want to consider in order to protect a child’s inheritance from creditors, including a potential ex-spouse. Some clients are hesitant to include this much “dead hand control” in their estate plan, but your adult children may actually desire the benefit of a lifetime trust arrangement. If your grandchildren are minors, or even young adults, you should consider holding their inheritance in trust until they reach a financially mature age. Trusts are often more appealing than custodial accounts, because you may delay large trust distributions beyond the age of majority, which is only 19 in Nebraska. You may designate who has financial management of the trust by choosing a trustee and/or an investment manager to serve until full distribution of the principal. If one of your beneficiaries has special needs, state aid qualification considerations must be evaluated. You’ll want to consider a special needs trust to hold and manage their inherited property. Many grandparents have a specific desire to pay for the costs associated with their grandchildren’s college education. This may be done during your lifetime with a special gift tax exemption for tuition payments made directly to a qualifying educational institution and also with annual gifting for the benefit of your grandchild. To
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Lindsay Krause | Skutt | Freshman by Pat Sangimino Last July, nearly a month before Lindsay Krause attended her first class at Skutt Catholic High School, she verbally committed to play volleyball at the University of Nebraska. “It just felt right,” said the 6-foot-3 high school freshman. “I have watched this program growing up. I love it and I love the fan base.” No one knows her better than her mother, JoAnna Draper, who wasn’t surprised by her daughter’s decisiveness. “When she makes up her mind, her mind is made up,” Draper said. “Once she makes that commitment, she’s all in.” Virtually overnight Krause had drawn the attention of more than three dozen namebrand volleyball schools nationwide. Two years ago she wasn’t sure if she was skilled enough to be considered a blue-chip recruit. She remembers sitting inside a sold-out CenturyLink Center two years ago, when the Cornhuskers won a straight-set victory against Texas to capture a national championship. “It was unbelievable being there and seeing it,” she said. “At that point, nothing had really started for me. I was wondering if I was good enough to play at that level. I was still pretty awkward — I was still trying to grow into my body — and I wasn’t very good.” Her transformation was quick. Six months of hard work in the weight room and on the court paid dividends with improved athleticism. It showed the following summer, when at the age of 13, she took part in a college camp at the University of Iowa. “The coach there was telling me I shouldn’t be this good at that age,” she said. “That is what kind of lit that fire for me. Believing you can do it is a big part of all of this.” Skutt won its third straight Nebraska Class B crown last month and Krause was integral in the victory. She had 18 kills in the four-set victory over Omaha-Duchesne. Now Krause, an honor roll student, will spend the winter months juggling games in high school basketball and club volleyball. But Krause will approach it with her signature level of commitment. “It will be a challenge to do both,” she said. “But we’ll make it work.” CHRISTOPHER TIERNEY
CHANGER Moses Bryant | Elkhorn South | Senior by Pat Sangimino The first time Elkhorn South senior Moses Bryant played football was as a young boy, when he took a handoff and began running in the opposite direction — toward the wrong goal line. Football, much like America itself, has become a game that is now second nature to Bryant, whose name has been etched throughout Nebraska’s high school football record book. In November, Bryant became Class B’s all-time leader in rushing yard (5,452) and 11-man’s leader in touchdowns (105). It was only a decade ago that he was rescued from a Sierra Leone orphanage and brought to Waterloo, Nebraska, by Darrell and Diana Bryant, who battled bureaucratic red tape from two countries over four years to finally adopt him and make Moses their fifth child. “It’s pretty amazing that we have him,” Diana says. “Nobody worked so hard to get someone here.” Life in Sierra Leone “was definitely a hard time,” he remembers. “But as a little kid, you didn’t focus on that or think about those things. You just wanted to have fun.” He was good at soccer — the game he grew up playing in Africa — but his newfound American friends convinced him to give football a try. “I didn’t know what the heck it was,” he said. “I went out for the team just because it looked like it was fun. At first, it was difficult to learn the plays and run the right way, but after a while, I caught on.” That’s an understatement. Bryant topped 1,000 yards rushing in all four seasons at Elkhorn South and is the state’s career leader in touchdowns. Both the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska have shown interest in Bryant, and he’s focused on making sure his grades meet NCAA standards. “I feel really good about my schoolwork right now,” he said. “This is the last semester to get my grades and get offers. I am going to make sure there’s no way it slips by.” As Bryant prepares for this next chapter, there’s no doubt he’ll approach it much like he has other phases of his life—with a willingness to try something new, a determination to do his best, and a mindset for enjoying it along the way. CHRISTOPHER TIERNEY
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