Below are the eleven community partners that we collaborate with for the Cortina service sites. Through the years, we have developed strong relationships and believe that serving the Omaha community is one way we can impact the world.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Gandhi
Our mission is to sustain communities through gardening. We help Omaha neighborhoods, civic groups, schools, youth groups, and residents develop lasting, productive green spaces. We provide a comfortable setting where people of diverse ages and backgrounds can work outside together. Our larger vision is to work with Omahans to build local food systems, improve community health, empower neighborhoods, and strengthen economic viability and sustainability. Over the years, City Sprouts has helped establish community and family gardens at various Omaha neighborhoods, such as Gifford Park, Leavenworth, and at churches, community centers, and neighborhoods.
Community Bike Project Omaha
The Community Bike Project Omaha focuses on equity and access to bicycles for the people of Omaha. Our mission is to promote the bicycle as a viable, low-cost, and reliable form of transportation. We run a shop at 33rd & California where we fix up and distribute bicycles, and we also do a number of outreach activities in our community. Volunteers need not be expert in bike repair–there’s something for everyone.
Mercy Housing, Crestview’s Parent Organization, is one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations. “We participate in the development, preservation, management and/or financing of affordable, program-enriched housing across the country. Mercy Housing serves a variety of populations with housing projects for low-income families, seniors and people with special needs. We acquire and renovate existing housing, as well as develop new affordable rental properties. Mercy Housing is redefining affordable housing by creating a stable foundation where our residents can explore their potential, supported by practical resident programs such as health classes, financial education, employment initiatives, parenting and after-school programs for children.
Educational Opportunities Center
The Educational Opportunity Center is active in the fulfillment of Creighton University’s mission through the Center’s commitment to excellence in regard to servicing others, believing in the importance of family life, and recognizing the inalienable worth of each individual. The Educational Opportunity Center embodies the mission of Creighton University by serving members of the community, being a center of learning, and valuing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the university campus and the city of Omaha. The Educational Opportunity Center is dedicated to offering services that will help our participants navigate their future. We understand the significance of education and know by helping each participant achieve their goals; we are positively affecting our community, city, and region.
Hope Center for Kids
The Hope Center for Kids strives to inspire hope in youth and children through education, employability, collaboration, and faith. Our vision is to eliminate racism and poverty through the love of Christ. From the first day a child enters our program, they are bombarded with hope: hope that they will be strong enough to combat peer pressure; hope that they will one day graduate from high school and attend college; and hope that their life has extraordinary meaning and purpose. The after school programming at Hope provides kids from kindergarten to high school with tools for academic success, character building, college and career readiness, and vocational discernment. Volunteers play a vital role in carrying out our mission of hope. Cortina volunteers will have opportunities to provide one-on-one tutoring, to lead enrichment activities, and to facilitate skills development.
MICAH House is an emergency shelter focused on serving families and allowing them to live together in shelter. We provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services to those families and individuals who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness. Our focus is on personalized case management to help each individual reach the goal of permanent housing.
One of the services we provide to families is the BUDDY Program – designed to engage the homeless children in play and trauma informed methods of care to Build Upon Dreams and Develop our Youngsters! Play is a major component of the BUDDY Program because it can be a healing force that helps children cope and restore normalcy to their lives. It also helps children learn social skills, critical thinking skills, self-control and creativity. We seek individuals who would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless children.
Mosaic provides a life of possibilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We help people define their own happiness. We support them and empower the pursuit of their goals. We celebrate their successes, even if that success is as simple as the pursuit itself.
The mission of Munroe-Meyer Institute, the Nebraska University Center on Disabilities, is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families. The Institute provides interdisciplinary family-centered services and supports for consumers and all individuals with disabilities. These services include the development of new and innovative ways to promote inclusion of the individual in the community.
We assist women in developing self-sufficiency through a program that includes spiritual development, cognitive restructuring and life skills education. Our mission is to “restore hope” through a Christ-centered, life transformation and transitional living program that helps homeless women with children to become emotionally, spiritually and financially stable.
Siena/Francis House is Omaha’s and Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter, providing food, emergency shelter, and clothing to homeless men, women, and children. Cortina members who serve at the shelter will be engaged in serving breakfast cafeteria style to participants of our substance abuse treatment program, alumni, and staff members.
In addition, all students will attend the meeting that follows the meal service. This community meeting is designed to celebrate milestones and to keep us connected as a recovery community. We welcome students who aware of their own emotional intelligence, who have an open mind or desire to learn about poverty and addiction, as well as a desire to connect with others. Opportunities to build relationships and share at the community meeting will be available for students who serve at our site.
YMCA of Greater Omaha
The YMCA is committed to strengthening the community through programming in three areas: healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Volunteers would be connected with families who are part of the Ready in 5 program, which provides school readiness services to refugee children and their families. Ready in 5 teachers and cultural ambassadors meet with groups of children and their parents weekly in their homes to help prepare them for kindergarten. Volunteers would support this effort by meeting with the children in their homes (and likely older/younger siblings too) at a different time to play with them, help them with their homework, and practice English.