Building on a 96-Year Foundation
For several years, our facilities have been nearing capacity.
Now, they’re bursting at the seams. Project Mercy, A Campaign for Catholic Charities of Omaha, is raising vital funds to establish our new home, The Bedford Building, and lay the foundation for our next century of service.
For 96 years, Catholic Charities of Omaha has stood on the front lines, responding to crises every day. We provide essential programs and services, works of mercy that empower human dignity. As our community’s needs have grown, so have we. Throughout the past 18 months, we have served 280,500 people across all of our programs and services, and distributed over 2.8 million pounds of food. Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community, serving all those in need regardless of race, religion, creed, or socioeconomic status.
For several years, our facilities have been nearing capacity. Now, they’re bursting at the seams. That’s why when we received notification that the Sheehan Center would be sold, we saw tremendous opportunity. Immediately, we began a search for a new campus to carry our mission into our next century of service. Our new facility, The Bedford Building, will allow us to serve even more people and broaden and deepen our impact in the community.
We are excited about Project Mercy and the tremendous opportunity we have right now to empower the human dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters in need. Our works of mercy are needed now more than ever and we’re looking to our friends and supporters for help.
Stand With Us!
Project Mercy, A Campaign for Catholic Charities of Omaha, is raising vital funds to establish our new home, The Bedford Building, and lay the foundation for our next century of service. Renovations are currently underway at 9223 Bedford Avenue in Omaha.
Our campaign goal is $6.2 Million.
‘Stand with Us’ to raise the remaining $2.2 Million.
Dear Friend of Catholic Charities,
Catholic Charities of Omaha is excited to announce the public phase of our capital campaign, Project Mercy – Empowering Human Dignity, to establish our new home, The Bedford Building, and lay the foundation for our next century of service. Renovations are underway on our building at 9223 Bedford Avenue in Omaha, and we’re looking to our friends and supporters for help.
For nearly a century, Catholic Charities has been helping people, regardless of race, religion, creed, or socioeconomic status. It all began with helping thousands of orphans being adopted into loving homes. I can recall as a young boy, my parents utilizing Catholic Charities’ counseling services and pantry to help my family through difficult times. Over many decades, we’ve continued to help families through domestic violence crises, immigration transitions, food insecurity, addictions and mental health challenges, plus much more.
This capital campaign and new headquarters will enable us to serve more people, expand our reach, and deepen our impact in the community. Every day, people in crisis turn to Catholic Charities. Our essential programs provide the works of mercy that empower human dignity. Our new facilities will allow us to show Christ’s love to many more of the suffering. We don’t help them because they’re Catholic, but because we are.
I invite you to prayerfully consider supporting our Project Mercy Campaign, and I encourage you to read the enclosures with this letter to learn more about our plans. Our campaign goal is $6.2 Million, and we need you to ‘Stand with Us’ to raise the remaining $2.2 Million.
Through your prayers and donations, we will continue to be that unwavering beacon of hope, strength, and resilience for our community. This is a critical moment as we expand our ministry to meet the escalating needs of the most vulnerable in our community, and prepare for our next century of service.
Thank you for your consideration, and God bless you for your generosity.
Fr. Mike Eckley, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Omaha
The Bedford Building: A Campus Built on a Sustainable Foundation
After 95 years serving this community, we are building out a new home for our next century of service – a 36,000-square-foot campus at 9223 Bedford Avenue in Omaha, “The Bedford Building.”
With its accessible location, ample space for growth, and open floor plan designed for collaboration and a holistic approach to serving clients, the Bedford Building is where our vision for the present and future will come to life. This is more than just about a building. What matters most is what will happen inside – the lives touched, the human dignity empowered, the community transformed.
Broadening Our Impact, By Expanding Our Reach Exponentially
Catholic Charities of Omaha has had an ongoing presence in North and South Omaha for more than 25 years offering our services to people in crisis at the Juan Diego Center and St. Martin de Porres. Our new location, situated in a food desert and neighborhood of need, with easy access from the Interstate, will allow us to reach a multitude of new people – right in our backyard and across urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the 23 counties of the Omaha Archdiocese. These are people who are in desperate need of our help right now.
Deepening Our Impact, Through A Holistic Approach
The layout and flow of the space aligns with our mission – ministering works of mercy by bringing together different programs and services to work collaboratively and address the needs of the whole person and, often, the whole family. When a client comes to the Domestic Violence Shelter, for example, we may also connect that individual with Behavioral Health counseling, Immigration Legal Services, the Mentoring Moms program, or our Microbusiness classes. We will extend this collaborative approach to strategic partnerships as well, as the building will house other community services under the same roof.
The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for building and managing The Project Mercy Capital Campaign.
We appreciate their dedication to expand and grow our mission.
- Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Ex Officio, Archbishop of Omaha
- Jim Boulay, Chairman, Lutz Financial
- Fr. Mike Eckley, President, Executive Director, Catholic Charities
- Bruce C. Karsk, Treasurer, Community Volunteer
- Lonnie Janecek, Secretary, MarketSphere Consulting
- Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert, Community Volunteer
- Kevin J. Foral, RSM US LLP
- Michael Moylan, Shamrock Development, Inc.
- Tobin Schropp, Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc
- David Treinen, Community Volunteer
INVEST IN OUR FUTURE
There are several avenues of giving allowing you to meet your needs and have the opportunity to make a difference and support Catholic Charities Project Mercy Campaign. Pledges are commitments made in good faith and are not legally binding. We invite you to consider pledges over a three-year period to maximize the total amount of your support. This commitment can be fulfilled through monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual installments.
GIFTS OF CASH
Many donors make cash payments using a check, credit or debit card, EFT or automatic bill pay. You may benefit from such payments with a charitable deduction on your tax return. You can donate through our website or send a check payable to Catholic Charities of Omaha (note Project Mercy in the memo).
Tangible personal property or professional services can be given to support Catholic Charities. These gifts may be eligible for a deduction of the item’s fair
market value. Examples include land, commodities, personal property and professional services relating to the Project Mercy Campaign.
A matching gift program through an employer or board membership may increase the value of your gift. Many companies match charitable gifts of employees, retirees or board members. If your company has such a program, please request a matching gift form, send the completed form to us and we will take care of the rest.
Contact us at Development@ccomaha.org to claim a naming opportunity at the Bedford Building for yourself, a loved one, or a person you wish to honor.
Planned giving is the process of carefully selecting the best method and assets for making a charitable gift. Such a gift can enable you to take full advantage of tax laws to accomplish your financial and charitable goals. A bequest contained in your will is the most common form of planned giving.
Create a smaller gift on a monthly basis through filling out the enclosed envelope, using our website, or by calling us.
Schedule a Monthly Donation: Create a smaller gift on a monthly basis through filling out the enclosed envelope, using our website, or by calling us.