Client Spotlight

April 2020

Omaha, NE

Jason Myers is a military veteran. For years he battled addiction and struggled finding consistent employment. One day, he met a graduate of Heart Ministry Center’s Fresh Start Program who was working for a company that had turned Jason down for a job sparking his curiosity.

Jason connected with the Heart Ministry Center and learned about its 15-week Fresh Start Program that provides participants with job skills training, financial education, therapy, food assistance, and other support.

The Heart Ministry Center, located in North Omaha, is one of Food Bank for the Heartland’s largest partner organizations. It serves approximately 650 people each week at its food pantry, medical and dental clinics, and through its case management program. The pantry distributes approximately 3 million pounds of food each year.

“The Heart Ministry Center is thoughtful about how the food is distributed,” said Jason. “They care about our choices and treat everyone with dignity.”

Jason enrolled in the Heart Ministry Center’s Fresh Start Program and worked hard to achieve his goals. He took an early bus to the center — often arriving before staff members. He graduated in August and now works as a case assistant at the Heart Ministry Center helping others.

“The Heart Ministry Center restored my dignity and my faith in humanity,” he said. “It gave me the tools I need to succeed.”

 

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