In 2015, Peter Kiewit Foundation awarded Heart Ministry Center (HMC) a grant of $50,000 per year for three years, totaling $150,000 to expand case management services provided to clientele. Over that time period HMC went from assisting 200 clients to over 6,000 clients through case management services in a variety of ways.
HMC’s mission is to provide food, clothing, healthcare, and a way forward to people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area. “The way forward piece in our mission is the biggest thing for us,” says Eric Crawford, HMC executive director. “We dream of getting people to take that step forward and helping them to become self-sufficient.” HMC staff implements that dream by carefully treating every client with a great deal of respect, dignity, and hospitality.
Providing free access to food, clothing and healthcare is how HMC attracts people into the center. At that point case management services are offered.