About Stephen Center
Located in south Omaha, Stephen Center has served homeless and low-income individuals since 1984. Founders Sharon and Dick McNeil’s goal was simple: provide food, shelter and safety to those in need. They bought an old bar in south Omaha, laid mattresses on the floor, and found resources for meals. Since then, Stephen Center has expanded its mission and services to serve over 1,200 men, women and children annually.
Stephen Center partners with the community, individuals and families to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.
What We Do
Stephen Center accomplishes its mission through three programs:
- The Pettigrew Emergency Shelter provides food, shelter, clothing and case management to men, women and children experiencing homelessness.
- The HERO Program is a state-licensed substance abuse treatment program providing residential and non-residential treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental illness.
- Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments provide housing and supportive services for formerly homeless people.
Stephen Center is the only substance-free homeless shelter in the metro, providing a safe environment for individuals and families. Clients meet with a case manager within 72 hours of arrival to define barriers and set goals. Volunteers provided over 30,000 service hours at Stephen Center last year. All Stephen Center programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Previous Years’ Charities
American Cancer Society
Omaha Hearing School for Children
Omaha Public Library Foundation
All Our Kids, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House
Partnership 4 Kids