In its second year, the employee-led Lozier Community Grant program supported 50 nonprofit organizations across the country. Recipients were selected by employee committees in all five Lozier locations. Over the next couple of months, the recipient organizations’ stories of impact will be shared on LozierLink.
For more than 130 years, families and families-to-be have had a partner to count on in the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, offering assistance and support to those ready to accept it.
“Our goal and our mission is a safe and loving home for every child. I can’t imagine that anybody doesn’t want that for every child, their own children, everybody,” NCHS Children & Family Center Director Lisa Richardson said. The facility provides programming and support toward pregnancy, parenting, adoption, child care, home visitation and more. Richardson says NCHS is about creating sustainable solutions for families.
“Families just want to do what’s best,” Richardson said. “All of our programs are voluntary. They really just are seeking ways to do better and to get assistance to make things better for their own families.”
One effort the organization is especially proud of is the Self-Sustainability Program. Through mentoring and one-on-one coaching, NCHS staff offers advice and support toward problems like housing and transportation.
“We can help coach them, set life goals and simple goals, help them set those action steps to reach those goals,” Richardson said of the process. “Then, our mobility mentoring actually provides recognition once they reach those goals.”
The Nebraska CHildren’s Home Society is one of 15 Omaha-area operations receiving funding from the 2023 Lozier Community Grant Program. The backing supports all the opportunities at the Children & Family Center, impacting hundreds of lives and families throughout the community each year.
“The Lozier Foundation has been very generous, so it’s been an exciting partnership,” Richardson said. “We can’t do this without them. We can’t do this without compassionate, passionate community and individuals that care enough and care about giving back to their community.” For Richardson and the NCHS team, it’s that team effort to providing opportunities for those families that makes the hard work worthwhile.
“When they’re ready and they want to do better, we need to be ready for them,” Richardson said.