How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Crisis

Thank you for your continued support during COVID-19

September 10, 2020 – School is in session, although it definitely looks different this year. Many of the families at Stephen Center have children that attend Omaha Public Schools. When the district announced remote learning for the first quarter, our staff made a plan to accommodate the students’ learning needs.

Students begin the day with a healthy breakfast in Fran’s Diner, before going to a conference room specifically set aside for them. Each student has a school-district supplied device, and we purchased earbuds with microphones so the kids can be near one another while attending their own classes. Parents take turns supervising learning, and Stephen Center Executive Director Michael Wehling has been known to stop into classes for a “candy break” which our students enjoy. We can’t say the same for their teachers though!

Remote learning at the shelter is just another way Stephen Center has adapted our services during the pandemic. While the way Stephen Center provides services may change, our mission and purpose will not. Thank you for your continued support of the Stephen Center.

Stephen Center is able to provide food, shelter, safety and hope because of your donations. Thank you! If you would like to help other men, women, and children experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, please donate here.


Stephen Center is committed to following best practice recommendations from the CDC, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) and HUD to protect the health of our clients, volunteers and staff.  Stephen Center continues to serve clients with increased screening measures including daily temperature checks, mandatory hand washing, mask-wearing by staff and clients, and the use of web technology for case management and group/individual therapy sessions. Our focus on overcoming homelessness, addiction and poverty will not waiver.

Donate Items

Stephen Center is in need of bottled water, protective gowns, safety goggles, twin-sheet sets, bath towels, individual-size cereal boxes/bowls, prepackaged plasticware setshand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Donations can be dropped off at our donation center, located at 2723 Q Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. Items can also be ordered and shipped directly from Stephen Center’s Amazon Smile Wishlist, found here:

Donate Money

Your investment in the Stephen Center’s mission helps us care for the 250+ people who call Stephen Center home during this unprecedented pandemic. Any amount you can give makes a direct impact on our ability to continue safely serving the community right now. Please make your donation today.

Stephen Center staff demonstrate proper social distancing.