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Community Outreach

The Inclusive Life Center is connected to our community in many ways.  First and foremost we engage, support, and network with other providers who serve all without exception, regardless of someones religious beliefs or non-beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  We know it takes a village, and that we are better together.  Below are some of our main programs that help others!  There ARE opportunities to help volunteer, provide supplies, donate funds for supplies, and help spread the word!  WANT TO DONATE?  CLICK HERE!

“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.

NEEDS FOR OTHERS

These are items we are currently in need of…

Adult Tube Socks

Sun Screen

Lip Balm

$5 gift cards (Any major chain fast food with dollar menus: Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King, etc.)

***We can always take donations of clean used clothing and shoes

WEEKLY BAGGED LUNCHES
MONTHLY SPONSORSHIP
$20.00 provides 225 bottles of water
$20.00 provides jelly for 200 sandwiches
$20.00 provides Rotella bread for 200 sandwiches
$25.00 provides 200 utensil packs
$40.00 provides 200 Capri Sun juice packs
$40.00 provides 240 granola bars
$45.00 provides peanut butter for 200 sandwiches
$50.00 provides 200 snack size bags of chips
$260.00 to sponsor all 200 meals
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CONNECTING

INCLUSIVE LIFE CENTER
4501 S. 96th Street
Omaha, NE 68127
Office/Voice Mail (402) 575-7006
Text Message (402) 909-1668
info@inclusivelife.org

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Weekly Service

Each Wednesday at 6:30pm, we gather at the Chapel for a 30 minute service, followed by a hosted “family meal.”  The focus on this worship is to provide a space during the week for those who need a second chance, those who are homeless, those who are between homes, and those simply in need of a space that welcomes, invites, and includes all without exception.  Call Bishop Williams before 2:00pm for transportation and questions (402) 812-9660

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP: You can volunteer to help buy sharing your music or voice, or a message!  You can also share items needed for a weekly meal (main dish, salad, dessert, and something to drink), come to the chapel and prepare and help serve the meal, or provide resources to buy supplies.  Email info@inclusivelife.org OR TEXT 402-909-1668 OR call 402-575-7006.  To Donate CLICK HERE

Sacred Circles

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.)

CLICK HERE for details

YES Youth Meals

Once each month 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 info@inclusivelife.org OR TEXT 402-909-1668 OR call 402-575-7006.  To Donate CLICK HERE

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.)

Blessing Bags-Clothing Drive

AND Blessing Bags
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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

Family Dinners

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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.

TDoR Omaha

Transgender Day of Remembrance
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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!  Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 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

PET BLESSING

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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.

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.

Black and Pink

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing. TO LEARN MORE about Black and Pink CLICK HERE

Chaplain Royal is approved to do pastoral visits at the Douglas County Correctional Center, The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, and in Pottawattamie County Iowa.

Donors Choose

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.

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Spirit Awards

2018

Dominique Morgan
Dominique Morgan Spirit Award Presented July 13th, 2018
Dominique is a advocate for community and youth. From his professional work as national Director of Black and Pink, the county’s largest prison abolitionist organization to the multiple task forces, board and organizations has been appointed to, Dominique Morgan has been recognized for his dedication to educating his community on justice and equality. In 2016, Dominique was awarded the covenanted NAACP Freedom Fighter Award. He’s also been honored with the esteemed Change Maker Award by The Greater Omaha Young Professionals and entrance into the Individuals Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council in early 2017. Thank you Dominique for all you have done and all you are doing. You make this world a better place!
Vince Percy
Vince PercySpirit Award Presented March 10th, 2018
Vince Percy has been involved in fundraising, people helping, and sharing goodness for many years. Today he remains an inspiration to many through his work in the community with various non profits, and an organization that saved his own life, AA. He is a man of great integrity, hard work, and loyalty. We are proud that Vince serves as a director on our board. Congratulations Vince. You do good work!
Anita Clark Jaynes
Anita Clark JaynesSpirit Award Presented December 20th 2018
Anita is a Instructor, Nurse Practitioner at UNMC. in that clinic she helps so many people, not just with their health care, but compassion as well. In addition to the skills she shares daily with those in need at the UNMC, she can be found at various prominent venues and events in our community share her gifts of music as a Harpist. Anita is an unsung hero in our eyes, for the work that she does silently, often when no one else is around. Thank you Anita for all you do to share your spirit with this village!
Maria Wallace
Maria WallaceSpirit Award Presented December 20th 2018
Maria is a high school speech pathologist, and a wife, and a person dedicated to human rights. Her work with youth, and within her faith community is inspiring. This year she shared her vocal gifts with the River City Mixed Chorus. We thank Maria for helping develop young adults, and investing in others.

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.

2017

Rev. Daniel Knobbe
Rev. Daniel KnobbeSpirit Award Presented February 19th 2017
Dan served as an Catholic School educator for many years. And continues to mentor others along their life journey. He has been a long time volunteer in the community, helping raise money and awareness for various causes. Dan shares life in Omaha with his husband, in-laws, and a large extended family. His bright light is the spirit that helps others retain faith, and hope of a brighter tomorrow.
Pastor Kenith Williams
Pastor Kenith WilliamsSpirit Award Presented January 8th, 2017
We Are Better Together! I knew Kenith back in the day! I was in my early twenties, so it has been a few years! Today he has taught me so much. Never give up. You gotta keep on loving people. When you get knocked down you get up and keep going.

Pastor Kenith leads a ministry that focuses on the homeless, those between homes, those struggling, which is just about all of us at some point!

Today we honor him with a our sixth, 2016 Spirit Award. Congratulations, and keep on doing what you do.

2016

Cei Loofe
Cei LoofeSpirit Award Presented December 4th, 2016
It takes a village! And for more years than many can count this person has been provided shelter, leadership, and his gifts anywhere he was at. Cei has helped organize Prides, Slam’s, Plays, Fundraisers, and community efforts. He has been a tireless advocate and activist from his early years. This world is a better place because of him, and all he has done. HUG! Thank you my Brother.
Lori Schaaf
Lori SchaafSpirit Award Presented November 22nd, 2016
It takes a village! And this village is better because of Lori’s spirit and work to love people. For years, she has worked with various communities of people who often need a little extra TLC. Gathering back packs, making food, or organizing large events, Lori can be found helping in some way.

This year, Lori organized and coordinated the 2016 Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the First Unitarian Church. This was the Inclusive Life Centers 3rd year making this event happen. Thank you Lori for all you do!

Jean-Paul Cushing and Jeff Lulf
Jean-Paul Cushing and Jeff LulfSpirit Award Presented November 5th, 2016
When Inclusive Life moved to the 37th and Leavenworth St., it was Jean-Paul and Jeff who really helped make the transformation of that space happen. Not only did they donate the work to make it happen, they trained us on how to help. What a gift!

For years they both have play a vital role in supporting worthwhile organizations doing good work in this community, and for years served on the Heartland Pride Board.

They are integral business owners, advocates, and volunteers that make a difference in this world, and in this community. Thank you both for all you do, this Spirit Award is for you!

Nathan Kramer
Nathan KramerSpirit Award Presented October 30th, 2016
For years Nathan (and his wife Amy) have entertained, loved, and shared life with people. Nathan creates events that bring people together in safer places to explore the edges of the world, where we can dance with no rules (food, and the arts.) To connect with Nathan visit: www.NathanKramer.Com
Andrew Blea (Barbra Love-Sanchez)
Andrew Blea (Barbra Love-Sanchez)Spirit Award Presented August 27, 2016
Andrew has been a volunteer, activist, and community advocate helping others for over 20 years. Living in Grand Island, Andrew is a voice for many when they must remain silent. Congratulations Andrew, and thank you for your Spirit.