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Stephen Center

Aug 15, 2018 12:31PM ● By Sponsored Content

Mission statement

Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.

Wish List

  • Bottled water
  • Pillows/blankets (gently used or new)
  • Razors (shaving)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Volunteers
  • Monetary donations

Upcoming Events

  • Gobble 4 Good Turkey Drive Nov. 1, 2018
  • Cruise Away 2019 Fundraiser March 2019
  • Heroes for the Homeless Golf Benefit August 2019


Stephen Center has served homeless and low-income individuals in Omaha since 1984.  The organization was founded by Sharon and Dick McNeil, who recognized a distinct need to assist those living in poverty in south Omaha.  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.  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.

Brag Lines

Stephen Center is the only substance-free homeless shelter in the metro, providing a safe environment for individuals and families. Meals are available three times per day/seven days a week. Clients meet with a case manager within 72 hours of arrival to define barriers and set goals. The center runs a background check on all residents who request shelter. Residents shop at NO COST at their thrift store, located at 24th and Q streets. Stephen Center is grateful to receive over 33,000 volunteer hours annually. Administrative costs are 7.5 percent of operating budget.

Pay it Forward

Whether it’s serving meals, working the front desk, or even lending marketing talents to the agency, Stephen Center can always use more help and volunteers. They believe that together we can end homelessness, addiction, and poverty one parent, one child, one person at a time. Like Stephen Center on Facebook to stay in the loop on all the ways to help.

Stephen Center, Inc.

2723 Q St.  Omaha, NE 68107 402-715-5471

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.