WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER
“I need you. You need me. I won’t harm you with words from my mouth. I love you. I need you to survive…” Our world is so hungry for the truth of these words. It does not matter your race, your sexual orientation, your gender identity, if you have children or a family, or not. What matters is that we all have a community, a place, a space to gather in, so we can work together, and to help each other get through life.
We are rich people, some even have money. We are runners, walkers, swimmers, and those that wish they did. We are people who sing out loud and proud, and some even sound good. We are people who are young, and young at heart.
You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, just got out of jail, or just got lost, and found your way here by mistake. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope Francis, or haven’t gathered in a community for weeks, months or years.
We welcome sport moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, or who have had religion shoved down your throat.
If you blew all your cash at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because the grandparents are in town and needed to go to a church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a hug, or prayer right now (or both), we welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, and we welcome you. As you are.
WED STREET OUTREACH
Each Wednesday we provide Street Outreach to those in need. We provide transportation from the Siena Francis House to the Inclusive Life Center at 96th and J. We provide fellowship, then serve a hot meal made just for our guests, and then return transportation to Siena Francis House
3:30pm Pick up at Siena Francis House
5:00pm Return to Siena Francis House
If you need transportation please leave a voice mail at 402-575-7006, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
FILL THE PANTRY
These are items we are currently in need of…
Adult Tube Socks (we need these year round!)
Creamy Peanut Butter (any size, the larger the better)
Grape Jam or Jelly (any size, the larger, the better)
Individual Snack Bags of Chips (any type/flavor)
INCLUSIVE LIFE CENTER
4501 S. 96th Street
Omaha, NE 68127
Office/Voice Mail 402-575-7006
Text Message (402) 909-1668
Weekly Bagged Lunches
Each week we gather at the Inclusive Life Center to create boxed lunches that we then deliver to the downtown area and hand out to those in need. Although we certainly will provide a meal to anyone in need, our focus is on youth and families. Opportunities exist to donate needed food items (sometimes specific), creating the meals, delivering and handing out the meals. Currently this is being done each Sunday at 3:30pm. We begin our summer service on July 1st, 2018 (note: unless we are able to assemble a team, July 15th we will not meet to do lunches.)
The Inclusive Life Fellowship offers Sacred Circle Groups. Groups will meet for two hours every other week, using guided directions for each gathering, that will allow the group to journey together.
It is our experience, and belief that smaller groups work better for some people. Some people are lost in big crowds. If you have a “place” or group, or community that feeds your spirituality, that nurtures your soul, and that allows you to remain connected to what you feel/know as sacred, good for you.
If you don’t consider what it would be like to spend about two hours twice each month to gather with other people who are interested in a Sacred Circle, regardless of what you believe or what you do not beleive. We hope to share the fullness, intimacy, and belonging in these smaller non-church groups. If you would like to learn more, email or message me. We will help start new groups when there are at least 5 are ready to gather (we like to keep them less than 10.)
YES Youth Meals
We gather to prepare meals for about 75 YES Youth at Youth Emergency Services. Our goal is to provide a “home cooked meal” or prepared foods (chicken, pizza, etc.) that consists of a main dish, a salad or side dish or chips, dessert, and something to drink. Normally supplies that will feed up to 75 youth costs us $2.40 if we are buying every item, with no donations (about $180)
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP: You can volunteer to help buy the items needed for the meal we have pledge to make, make/prepare and item that is on the menu, help deliver and set up the meal, provide resources to buy supplies. Email email@example.com OR TEXT 402-909-1668 OR call 402-575-7006. To Donate CLICK HERE
Blessing Bags-Clothing Drive
In 2014, we held our 1st blessing bag day. In 2016, for the first time, we added a clothing drive to support the Siena Francis House Shelter. Our 2018 blessing bag day was a huge success. Thank you to the Big Omaha Bears! and Top 2 Bottom Renovations!
We hold a clothing drive twice a year, once in the winter, and once in the spring. This year, our Fall 2018 Clothing and Shoe Drive is SATURDAY 12/1/2018 at the Inclusive Life Center 96th and J. We are collected clean used clothing, and shoes: adults, youth, men, women, unisex. They need it all!!! Help can’t wait. Can you please bring us 5-10 items of clean clothing or shoes from your home that you don’t need. Someone in need sure could use it right now! PLEASE 🙂
CLOTHING DROP OFF DATES/TIMES
SATURDAY December 1st, 2018 10:00am-1:00pm
Inclusive Life Chapel
4501 S 96th Street
Omaha, NE 68127
2018 will be the 5th year that we have hosted a family style dinner. We host an Easter Meal and a Thanksgiving Meal each year. Our Thanksgiving meal for 2018 will be on Wednesday, November 21st. We will bring together donations of food, money, and time to produce a dinner that will feed those in need, family style. There are opportunities to help with food donations, costs of supplies, preparing and serving food.
Since 2012 we have produced TDoR Omaha. The planning group works with local groups, and members of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies! It is more than just a vigil, it may include support for some, and it may also be called a rally by others. It is designed to be many things to many people. TDoR is held on the 20th of each November across the globe to pay respects of the Transgender lives taken because of Trans phobia. In Omaha, we also celebrate our history, and our community, and the work that is yet before us too!
Please join us! Wednesday, November 20th 2019, First Unitarian Church of Omaha.
Doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30pm. Dessert reception to follow.
For details and downloadable and printable flyer please visit www.tdoromaha.com
2018 will be the 5th year that we have hosted a pet blessing service. We will collect names the month prior of pets names we can read aloud that day, we will bless the pets that will be with us that day, and we will bless stuffed animals and other personal items that connect us to pets and others whom we mourn. PET BLESSING for 2019 has not been scheduled.
Kiva International Loans
Inclusive Life Center is not part of a large denomination, nor do we have a congregation that supports important mission work. AND we do believe that we can play a small part in helping others thousands of miles away, alongside thousands of others.
These micro loans are one of the most powerful and sustainable ways to create economic and social good, it creates a partnership of mutual dignity and makes it easy to touch more lives with the same dollar. As of 2/5/2018 we have lent over $1,200 to Kiva recipients.
TO DONATE TO THIS FUND visit: CLICK HERE be sure to include a note for us to ear mark this for our Kiva account.
Inclusive Life Center is pleased to be a Donors Choose participant, a program that connects donors directly with a need at a local public school, created by a teacher for their classroom.
These projects often receive matching grant money from the Bill and Malinda Gates foundation, making the donation really go a long way. It takes a village, and our local teachers need our help now, for the sake of the children who simply may mot have the same access to resources as children in other parts of the city. As of 2/15/2017 we have shared $100 with Donors Choice.
TO DONATE TO THIS FUND visit: CLICK HERE be sure to include a note for us to ear mark this for our Donors Choose account.
We Are Members of CLF
Keep In Touch
In 1996, Royal began sharing Spirit Awards in the community. Given to those who make a difference by what they do, in helping make this a better world. In 2016 The Inclusive Life Center began sharing Spirit Awards, again, to say thank you to those “others” who are unsung hero’s making this a better world.