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Doing The

Most Good


The Salvation Army Annual Report 2015

in facilities to serve the community, in a legacy to the next generation, in the fight against human trafficking, in breaking the cycle of poverty, in doing the most good.

h “Investing” is a word usually reserved for the financial world. But it shouldn’t be. In fact, the dictionary defines it as “committing something of intrinsic value for future gain.” The Salvation Army commits its resources to gain a brighter future for the hungry, the homeless, the lonely and the hurting. Our volunteers, staff members and officers invest their time and talents in the hopes of bringing healing and restoration to a broken world. In 2015, this investment was seen in many ways: our Building Hope Capital Campaign, our fight to stop the scourge of human trafficking and our Pathway of Hope program helping families break the cycle of poverty.

Mission statement The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name

without discrimination.

h acknowledgments Thank you all who contributed to the creation of this annual report, with special recognition for the efforts of Barnhart Press and SKAR

However, none of these initiatives could be successful without your assistance. Thank you for helping The Salvation Army make the most precious investment of all – in the well-being of God’s children.


Letters h

In people, in the community, in our future – this is what The Salvation Army means when it says investing. Contributing personally or financially to our organization is making an investment in all of these things, and the effects are felt not only within our walls and programs but also in our stronger community.

2015 left me humbled by the outpouring of support shown to The Salvation Army. Community investors – because that’s who you are to us – helped us serve the needs of nearly 100,000 people who are struggling with serious issues that impact the quality of their daily lives.

Every year The Salvation Army deepens its investment in the Omaha community, opening up even more opportunities for us to transform lives. Where there are hungry children, we will feed them. Where there are homeless families, we will house them. Where there are addictions destroying the lives of people, we will work with them to find recovery and health. Where there are lonely people, we will give them hope for the future.

These philanthropic investments pay dividends beyond measure. The return is more than just dollars and cents; it is in improved lives for the people who are most vulnerable in our society. The reward our organization receives from these investments is far greater than those on any balance sheet because we restore hope, dignity and stability to people who are hurting, and I can think of no greater compensation.

The generosity and investment we saw in 2015 – not just in monetary value but in time and talent as well – stands out to all involved with our operations.

Throughout my second year as chairman of the board, I continued to see deeply committed staff members who worked with constant compassion with our clients. As a team, we want to become better partners with our community as we collectively make a positive impact on reducing poverty. Each donor should know that we will be excellent stewards of their investments in us as we strive to deliver measurable results that demonstrate progress.

Our community members should feel very proud of their generosity. By taking part in the most successful capital campaign in the 11 central states, all participants have made a contribution toward our promise of doing the most good. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Fred Hunzeker for his service over the past two years as chairman of the Advisory Board and for his tireless efforts to advance The Salvation Army through his energized thinking, thoughts for improved efficiencies and wisdom for leading change.

Through great leadership, an outstanding donor community and genuine hard work, The Salvation Army ended in the black in 2015. It would not have been such a successful year were it not for Majors Greg and Poppy Thompson, our dedicated staff and every single one of our donors – from those who dropped pennies in red kettles to those who made million dollar investments in our new facility.

May God bless you today and always, Fred Hunzeker Chairman, Advisory Board Majors Greg and Lee Ann (Poppy) Thompson Divisional Leaders







in facilities to serve the community

h This year marked the completion of the enormously successful Building Hope Capital Campaign, a project to modernize the Cuming Street campus and equip it to support state-of-the-art human services. The campaign raised over $28 million. When asked why the campaign exceeded expectations, co-chair Mike Cassling said, “It was the generosity of the community and seeing the value of what The Salvation Army does.” The name of the new 70,000-square-foot facility will be Renaissance Village and it will contain a 36-apartment transitional housing unit for the homeless, Early Head Start programs, a community counseling center and a 16-bed mental health respite center. Although smaller than the former Lied Center, the new structure will save on operating costs due to more efficient use of space and the inclusion of modern, energy-efficient building features. “It’s good to be starting from scratch and doing this right,” explained Cassling. “Our goal is not to spend money on electricity, but on people who need help. I think it will be a huge benefit to the community.”


Renaissance Village is being built to be here for the next 100 years.” — Mike Cassling Building Hope Capital Campaign Co-Chair




in a legacy to the next generation

h Planned gifts to The Salvation Army – through wills, charitable annuities, real estate, trusts, insurance policies, mineral rights or many other options – are a wonderful way for people to leave a legacy of love to the next generation. “They give individuals or couples an opportunity to include their family in their plans to fund the parts of the Army’s mission that are most important to them,” said Linda Garbina, Director of Planned Giving. However, planned gifts need not be limited to specific programs. Longtime Salvation Army volunteer Lauren Faist said he and his wife, Jan, decided to structure their estate donation so it could be used where it would be most needed. “We don’t want to restrict it, because if there’s anything in town that can't be handled, guess who does it?" Faist said. Garbina agreed. “Planned gifts are also an important part of meeting our day-to-day capital needs.” Fortunately, The Salvation Army makes it easy to create planned giving strategies that fund specific programs or help with overall operating expenses. Call the director of planned giving at 402-898-5913 to set up an appointment. Garbina can present a wide array of options that can be specifically tailored to fit the wishes of the giver.


Planned gifts are really an opportunity for people to express their values.” — Linda Garbina Director of Planned Giving

Jan and Lauren Faist






in the fight against human trafficking

h Most Nebraskans would be surprised to learn that the state (and especially Omaha) is a major center for human trafficking, the illegal movement of people for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. “Large events like the College World Series and Olympic Swim Trials that are attended by single people with expendable incomes attract human trafficking operations,” said Alicia Webber, the project manager of The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program. “Studies suggest that 800 new victims are trafficked every month in Nebraska.” The SAFE-T program battles this terrible enterprise in two ways – partnering with law enforcement and offering recovery services to survivors. Specifically, the Nebraska attorney general’s office works to identify and prosecute traffickers and solicitors and The Salvation Army provides victims with counseling, food, housing, hygiene products and medical/dental/legal services. There are no instant solutions to the problem, but steady progress is being made according to Salvation Army Trafficking specialist Chris Spangrud, “The donors who are helping us may not see success overnight, but they’re investing in something that will eventually lead to a healthier, more stable life for survivors and the community as a whole.”


It takes a long time to unpack years of trauma and help victims process it.” — Alicia Webber, MSW Project Manager, SAFE-T

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in breaking the cycle of poverty

h Created in 2011 in the Central Territory, The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program has been adopted by the Western Division and other divisions across the country to become a national initiative to break the cycle of poverty. “We know that poverty is generational,” said Tracie Tibbs, regional director of the program. “Children see that their mother, grandmother and great grandmother have all lived in poverty and conclude that this must be their future as well.” Pathway of Hope strives to end this pattern by coming alongside families, showing them the strengths and tools they already possess to escape poverty, then connecting them to the community resources they need to utilize those strengths. This includes vocational training, spiritual counseling from local churches and other social services from around the city.

We want to help families go from just surviving to planning for the future.” — Tracie Tibbs, LADC, MPA Regional Coordinator for Pathway of Hope

Tibbs has worked with 57 Omaha-area families since 2013 and sees a bright future for the program. “We continue to grow, talking to other community agencies and getting referrals as well. We’re excited! Pathway of Hope is all about investing – investing in our people, our community, our future.”



All of the programs The Salvation Army provides in Omaha address these seven basic needs: • Food • Housing • Youth Development • Materials Assistance • Behavioral Health • Older Adult Services • Fighting Human Trafficking

The Salvation Army Western Divisional Headquarters

Locations and Programs h

10755 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68114 402-898-7700

Programs Pathway of Hope • Counseling, life skills training and resources dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty within families and the community

The Salvation Army Renaissance Center for Social Services 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 402-898-5900

Older Adult Services • Charles and Margre Durham Booth Manor – Subsidized housing for low-income persons 62 and older • Dora Bingel Senior Center – Activities and social events for older adults • Seasonal Programs – Thanksgiving meal, Christmas and Goldenrod party for older adults

Additional Services • Winter Night Watch – Reaching out on cold evenings to homeless and near-homeless individuals • Kids Crusin’ Kitchen – Summer meal program for children age 18 and younger • Emergency Services – Relief for responders and survivors of emergency disasters by providing food, water, clothing, spiritual counseling and more

Programs Housing and Homelessness Prevention Services • 37th Street Residential Readiness Program – Educational, goal-oriented community living for the homeless • Mental Health Respite – Short-term residential care for adults needing psychiatric stabilization Behavioral Health and Family Community Services • Early Head Start – Family-centered program for low-income families who are expecting or have a child age 3 or younger • Emergency Community Support – Short-term community support for individuals with chronic mental illness • Veterans Affairs Housing Opportunity Program – Community-based housing for homeless veterans • Community Support/VA-Per Diem – Long-term community support for individuals with chronic mental illness • Intensive Community Support – Residential program that provides daily face-to-face supportive services to adults with chronic mental illness • Crisis Response Program – Post-crisis mental health intervention and support for individuals who are referred by law enforcement


The Salvation Army Burrows Center for Help and Hope 6101 NW Radial Highway, Omaha, NE 68104 402-898-6090


Housing and Homelessness Prevention Services • Transitional Housing – Apartment living for those previously homeless families preparing to live independently • Transitional Scattered Site Housing – Communitybased housing in final preparation for independent living • Home and Home 2 Stay – Community-based permanent supportive housing for people with behavioral health disabilities • Material Assistance – Food pantry, energy assistance, clothing and other material assistance for those in critical emergencies • Wellspring – Counseling, support, jail outreach and advocacy for individuals escaping prostitution and human trafficking • Seasonal Services – Christmas, Back to School, summer fan distribution and weather-related assistance

Citadel Corps Worship and Community Center

Captains Rochelle & Trevor McClintock Huberman-Dietrich Memorial Chapel 3738 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 402-553-5694


For a schedule of worship services and other activities, visit programs-that-help.

North Corps Worship and Community Center Majors Randall and Susan Summit 2424 Pratt Street, Omaha, NE 68111 402-451-4048


For a schedule of worship services and other activities, visit programs-that-help.

Council Bluffs Corps Worship and Community Center/Lakin Campus Major Donna Miller 715 North 16th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 712-328-2088


For a schedule of worship services and other activities, visit programs-that-help.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Major Todd Thielke Senior Kroc Center Officer Major Catherine Thielke Kroc Center Officer for Program Development 2825 Y Street, Omaha, NE 68107 402-905-3500


For information about classes, facilities, membership, programs, rentals, worship services and more, visit

Gene Eppley Camp and Retreat Center Peter Hoskin Camp Director 915 Allied Road, Bellevue, NE 68123 402-291-1912


For information about facilities, lodging, meeting rentals, recreational activities, summer camp and more, visit programs-that-help.

Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) Captains April & Chris Rutledge-Clarke 2551 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68131 402-342-4135


Emergency Community Support 415 South 25th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68131 402-885-8003

For information about the ARC, locations of Salvation Army Family Stores, how to donate clothing, furniture or vehicles and more, visit


Leadership h

Central Territory Western Division

Officers Major Greg Thompson Divisional Commander Major Lee Ann Thompson Director of Women’s Ministries, Officer Development Secretary Major Randy Hellstrom Divisional Secretary, Men’s Ministries Secretary, Omaha City Coordinator Major Sandy Hartley Divisional Secretary for Business Major Curtiss Hartley Divisional Secretary for Program, Multicultural Ministries Coordinator Major Kathy Hellstrom Divisional Women’s Ministries Secretary, Moral and Ethical Issues Secretary Major Jolinda Shelbourn Divisional Youth Secretary, Divisional Candidates Secretary Major Scott Shelbourn Divisional Youth Secretary, Assistant Candidates Secretary Captain Carol Williams Communities Care Ministries Secretary, Older Adult Ministries Director, Veterans' Administration Representative


Staff Jeff Beckman Executive Director of Development John Wehrle Assistant Director of Development Susan Eustice Director of Public Relations & Communications Linda Garbina Director of Planned Giving Cheryl Clark Senior Director of Donor Relations John Kuzma Director of Service Extension Disaster Services Hal Johnson Director of Strategic Planning & Board Development James Larson Director of Grants & Family Foundations Ramona Arthur Director of Volunteer Services Dr. Linda Burkle Director of Social Services Don Winkler Social Services Consultant/ Evaluation Coordinator

Advisory Board 2015-2016 Executive Officers Fred Hunzeker Chairman Joleen David Vice-Chairman Treasurer Dave Bishop Secretary

Board Members Anne Baxter Mike Cassling*** Hal Daub John Fraser Brenda Garrelts Bennett Ginsberg Tim Harrison Tom Hillmer* Ryan Horn Karen Jacobi Chip James Jeannette James Kris Karnes Joe Kavan Chris Kircher James Landen Carl Mammel Sharon Marvin-Griffin** Clarence Nichols Joseph O'Connor Keith Powell James Ryan Lynne Sangimino Charles Sederstrom Steve Seline Lee Simmons Gene Spence** Jean Stothert Nick Taylor Mark Theisen L.B. Thomas** Anne Thorne Weaver Brad von Gillern Kim Weiss Jeff Wilke Nancy Wolf

Women’s Auxiliary Board 2015-2015 Executive Officers Karen Jacobi President Barbara Kadrlik Vice President Kathy O’Connor Treasurer

Mary Theisen Recording Secretary Karen Wilson Corresponding Secretary Kathy Gross Advisor Board Members Shelly Bates Bette Case Susan Conine Liz Crosson Dee D’Agosto Marte Ellis Barbara Fazzini Rosemary Frandeen Julie Fritz Polly Goecke Kathy Gross Nancy Hanson Becky Hinckley Teresa Hunzeker Mary-Alice Hurlburt Karen Jacobi Tracy Jerkovich Linda Johnson Barbara Kadrlik Kathy Kellen Connie Kinnear Kari Kratky Nancy Kratky Lou Ann Landholm Mary Moberg Stephanie Mushlitz Sheila Nelson Kathy O'Connor Vicki Parsons Vilma Pfeifer Sandy Price Mary Pat Rerucha Trish Robertson Susan Ryan Tracy Schilling Dorene Sherman Marie Simmons Karen Spaustat Sally Stalnaker Mary Theisen Sherry Thompson Sue Toberer Wanda Utecht Anne Weaver Marcia Weber Kay Weinstein Karen Wilson Lynn Witthaus Nancy Wojcik Nancy Wolf Leah Workman

* Emeritus Member ** Life Member *** National Advisory Board Member

Financials and Statistics


Summary of Financial Support Fiscal year October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015

Public Support and Revenue

Statistics 2015 Christmas Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,313 Back To School Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,640 Behavioral Health & Family Community Services Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,112

Adult Rehabilitation Center Support and Revenue

$16,060,805 $3,771,994 $470,778

Public, Private Contributions and Support Allocated by United Way of the Midlands

Total Public Support and Revenue


Housing & Homelessness Prevention Services Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,493 Older Adult Services Total times someone was helped . . . . . . . . 13,949 Nights of lodging provided through housing programs Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,222 Disaster Services Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,203


Winter Night Watch Total meals served. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,366 Winter wear distributed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,993 Adult Rehabilitation Center Expense Management and General

$14,335,764 $3,771,994 $1,184,155 $567,486

Program and Services Fundraising Expense

Total Expense

$19,859,399 Retained earnings were applied to programming commitments

$444,178 Bequeathment

Camp Total served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,293 Corps Community Centers Total times someone participated in educational, recreational, or health and fitness activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173,160 Omaha Social Services and Community Feeding Programs Meals served . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126,955 Volunteer Services Total volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,152 Total volunteer hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,596

There are several types of gift plans, many with donor benefits such as increased income and tax savings. For further information, consult your professional advisor and The Salvation Army Planned Giving Department at 402-898-6068, or go to


Community Partners


Access Medicaid Alegent Center for Mental Health American National Bank American Red Cross Anti-Defamation League Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Bellevue Housing Authority Bemis Park Neighborhood Association Bethlehem House Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Black Hills Energy Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council Boys Town Capstone Behavioral Health Care Corps Catholic Charities/Campus for Hope Charles Drew Health Center Chicano Awareness Center Child Saving Institute Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Children’s Respite Care Center City of Omaha Planning Department City of Omaha – Recreational Swim League Clarkson College of Nursing Coaches Place – Omaha College of Saint Mary Community 360º Community Alliance Completely Kids Inc. Consumer Credit Counseling Creighton Legal Clinic Creighton University Creighton University School of Pharmacy Department of Health and Human Services Child Protective Services Douglas County Correctional Center Douglas County General Assistance Douglas County Health Department Douglas County Hospital Douglas County Housing Authority Douglas County Recovery Center Douglas County WIC Program Durham Museum Early Childhood Training Center Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging Employment First Experience Works Family Housing Advisory Services FBI “Innocence Lost” Task Force Federal Emergency Management Agency First National Bank First Tee of Omaha Food Bank for the Heartland Food Pantry Association


Friendship Program Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Girls Inc. Godfather’s Pizza Grace University Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Habitat for Humanity Hayes and Associates Health Alliance Omaha Heartland Family Services Heartland Workforce Solutions Hunger Free Heartland Hy-Vee Indian Health Services iHeart Media Infinite Sports World Interim Health Care Inter-Tech Collision Center Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation Joslyn Art Museum Junior League of Omaha Kaplan University KETV Kids Can Community Center KMTV KPTM Lasting Hope Recovery Center Latino Center of the Midlands Latino Peace Officers Association Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties Legal Aid of Nebraska Leonum Advisors Liberty Tax Service Lutheran Family Services Marathon Ventures Inc. Merrymakers Association Methodist Health System Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless Metro Home BASE Metro Mediation Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition Metropolitan Community College Metropolitan Utilities District Mexican Consulate – Omaha MICAH House Misco Sports Mission for All Nations Mobile Dental Care MOSAIC Omaha Munroe-Meyer Institute Mutual of Omaha Nash Finch National Alliance on Mental Illness National Drowning Prevention Alliance National Park Service Nebraska AIDS Project Nebraska Army National Guard Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

Nebraska Children’s Home Society Nebraska Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska Department of Labor/NEworks Nebraska Families Collaborative Nebraska Family Council Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Nebraska Masters Swimming Nebraska Methodist College Nebraska Shakespeare Nebraska Skilled Nursing New Visions/MOHM’s Place NOVA Therapeutic Community Inc. NRG Media Offutt Air Force Base Ollie Webb Center Inc. Omaha Conservatory of Music Omaha Fire Department Omaha Healthy Kids Omaha Healthy Start Omaha Home for Boys Omaha Housing Authority Omaha Human Rights and Relations Disability Commission Omaha Police Department Omaha Press Club Omaha Public Library Omaha Public Power District Omaha Public Schools Omaha Public Schools Early Development Network Omaha Public Schools Head Start Program Omaha Symphony OMNI Behavioral Health One World Community Health Center Open Door Mission/ Lydia House Partners in Aging Ponca Tribe Health and Wellness Center Project Harmony Project Hope Quinceanera Magazine Radio Lobo Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce Restored Hope River City Roundup Rotary Club of North Omaha Rotary Club of West Omaha Safe Haven Community Center Saint Cecilia Child Care Saint Gabriel’s Campus of Hope Salem Food Pantry Salem Radio Santa Monica General Assistance Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Sarpy County Corrections Division

Sarpy County Recovery Center Scripps Media Search Institute Security National Bank Shelter Plus Care Program Siena/Francis House SOAR Program Society of St. Vincent de Paul Inc. South Omaha Business Association South Omaha Community Cares Council South Omaha Neighborhood Association Southern Sudan Community Association Special Olympics Nebraska Spring Center Square One Housing State Farm Insurance State of Nebraska Department of Corrections State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development State of Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs State of Nebraska Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare Step-Up Omaha! – Empowerment Network Stephen Center Thrive Leadership Together Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha United Health Care United Methodist Community Centers/Wesley House United Way of the Midlands University of Nebraska – Lincoln University of Nebraska Medical Center/Maternal Health Program University of Nebraska Omaha UNMC UNMC Olsen Center UPS Urban League of Nebraska USA Swimming U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development US Foods U.S. Masters Swimming – Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Veterans Affairs Visiting Nurse Association Vocational Rehabilitation Why Arts Inc. Williams Prepared Place Women’s Center for Advancement (YMCA) Woodhaven Counseling Woodmen of the World WOWT YMCA Youth Emergency Services Inc.

Doing The

Most Good


The Omaha Salvation Army 2015 Annual Report  
The Omaha Salvation Army 2015 Annual Report