Flying Flags for Charity will look a little different this year, as the event has evolved in the wake of Covid-19, to prioritize our fans’ health and safety. Omaha Baseball Village recognizes that it is the people that make this event, so it is only right that we do our part to give back to the Omaha community. This year, we will still be honoring 8 local non-profits around the Omaha area to highlight their incredible services to the community. However, we will not be hosting the traditional cookout event on opening night, but instead focusing on one organization each day and talking a bit about their mission to help bring awareness to their cause.
Omaha Baseball Village at the Old Mattress Factory is privileged to have the original Rosenblatt flagpoles standing year-round on the south end of the property. Each team flag raised on opening night will be in honor of the 8 non-profits participating this year.
Hope Center for Kids
The Hope provides a safe after-school and summer program where children and youth can take part in academic support, youth development, faith-based learning opportunities, and receive a hot meal every night. It all started with a vision in the heart of the late Pastor Ty Schenzel who saw the need for hope in the lives of kids who could not see beyond their circumstances, and his vision became a reality in 1998.
More than 20 years later, The Hope is home to multiple learning spaces including an Employment & Learning Academy, a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, and the Hope Skate roller rink. In 2018, The Hope Center for Kids launched its first campus site in Holy Name School where it continues to impact lives today. In the spring of 2021, Hope Skate will officially become the Schenzel Community Center, honoring the late Ty and Teri Schenzel.
Stephen Center has served homeless and low-income individuals in Omaha since 1984. Established as a 501(c)(3) in December of 1983, the organization was founded by Sharon and Dick McNeil, who recognized a distinct need to assist those living in poverty in south Omaha. The name Stephen Center was chosen in honor of the Apostle Stephen, one of the first Deacons of the church and a man of faith who committed his time to giving food and charitable aid to the poor.
In partnership with the McNeil family, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Omaha’s Holy Ghost Church purchased a 103 year old building on Q Street for $10,000. It was a grass roots community effort that transformed the existing building into a shelter for homeless men in early 1984. From those humble beginnings in a rundown former pool hall and bar, Stephen Center has grown to include a multi-facility campus designed to support vulnerable men, women and children as they seek to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.
Police Athletics for Community Engagement
Through the new foundation, Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.), we hope to take the athletic program city-wide. This endeavor will provide athletics to kids in each section of Omaha that normally would not participate in organized sports. We hope to build partnerships with organizations throughout the city and help provide affordable athletics. We also want to emphasize the importance of education in athletics, as well as our anti-gang message. Our goal is to build stronger relationships between neighborhoods and the officers that patrol those communities and most importantly help make Omaha a better place to be - one kid at a time.
Generation Diamond was founded by Blanca Mejia in 2016. Having become involved with young people seeking to re-establish their security and future plans after significant intervening events in their lives, Mejia recognized their primary need for a stable environment and resources that allow for necessary changes in behavior and habits. This work soon expanded to include anyone in unstable social and economic crises, regardless of age or circumstance, helping to build a foundation for a stable, secure and productive future.
Our Mission: Generation Diamond exists to empower adults who are 19 and older through transitional programs and services to succeed in building a secure and stable future. We assist with immediate needs after significant disruptions and offer longer-term programs that provide intentional support, direction and hope. We believe everyone deserves a chance. And then another.
Our Vision: Generation Diamond assists individuals reintegrating into their communities to hold the keys that unlock the benefits of a stable plan, a stable job and stable housing, considered the Three Hallmarks of the Generation Diamond program.
Disc for Life
Battling with anxiety and depression. Can be one of the hardest things to overcome. We are a group of Disc Golfers who are trying to bring further awareness. To suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health issues in general. Our main goal is to get disc out to as many courses as we can. Spreading awareness within the Disc Golf community and maybe saving a life in the process. One day we hope this group and organization can become big enough. To give us the opportunity to speak out and help others. Giving us the chance to travel and to speak to others who have dealt with mental health issues.
Heart Ministry Center
The Heart Ministry Center originated nearly 40 years ago by the name of the Sacred Heart Human Needs Door Ministry. Beginning in 1982, under the leadership of Father Jim Scholz and Sr. Mary Ann Murphy, the door ministry provided food, clothing, and other basic needs for families enrolled at Sacred Heart School. In 1997, the center moved to 31st and Spaulding Street and found a new name as the Heart Ministry Center. Today, the center strives to empower the Omaha community through the implementation of its four core values: Compassion, community, excellence and accountability. The center currently serves the community in a multitude of ways. It operates a choice food pantry for financially insecure persons and families. On its campus, Omaha community members have access to a free healthcare clinic for basic checkups and dental work. Additionally, it offers a reduced price laundromat for community members as well as a job placement program for participants to learn job skills, effective workplace communication, accountability and customer service skills all while serving the community.
Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska was founded in 1892 when the organization began serving orphans in Fremont and Omaha. Today, the needs of children and families are met through a wide variety of comprehensive programs – including complete adoption services for both birth and adoptive parents, family search services, foster care programs, support for young parents, and pregnancy and parenting counseling.
Community Services programs provide high-quality direct support services for refugees, immigrants, asylees, and victims of international human trafficking. LFS caseworkers are knowledgeable and skilled in case management, advocacy, cultural orientation, education, immigration legal services, employment, and job readiness training.
In addition to individual, family and group counseling, LFS offers speakers, seminars and workshops on behavioral health issues. we work hand-in-hand with law enforcement and the judicial system.
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