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Bread for the Journey Omaha is just one of many giving organizations doing good work around the community

Our Mission

Bread for the Journey™ empowers people who are passionate about improving their community, one grant at a time. We help individuals implement community-based giving by providing the necessary tools to start small, local philanthropic efforts. With this strength behind us, just imagine what we can achieve together.

Our Stories
Tyrece and Tashiara of True Purpose

True Purpose

Congratulations to Tyrece and Tashiara Wilson who received a BFJ grant! Their organization, Purpose Ministries, provides housing and other services to those in need. Their mission is inspiring others to believe in their potential, discover their gifts and ignite their purpose. They do it through teaching, coaching, empowerment and equipping people to reach their potential through a proven growth process that produces a healthy and sustainable life change.

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Project Assist

Adam Barnes' Project Assist nonprofit is still active thanks to BFJ! They are growing daily and couldn't be more excited about where they are headed. Since May, they have been able to donate over 200 book bags, 400 winter coats, and donated more then $2000 worth of goods to the Food Bank. They have helped hundreds of families in a short period of time and can't wait to make that thousands of families and beyond.

Cindy Tefft of Blue Bucket Project picking up litter

Blue Bucket Project

We are excited to announce that BFJ Omaha has given a grant to Cindy Tefft and her Blue Bucket Project! Cindy gives volunteers a ‘Blue Bucket’ kit containing everything necessary for people to pick up trash as a volunteer activity or even during their daily walks outdoors. Cindy is partnering with Keep Omaha Beautiful in this effort. 

About Us

Founded in 2012, Bread for the Journey (BFJ) Omaha has a unique philosophy of providing support to people who are passionate about making a difference in the local community. BFJ Omaha has awarded over $69,000 in micro grants to more than 41 groups and individuals. We believe that people know best what is needed to impact those whose lives they touch and interact with daily. It’s about trust and grassroots solutions to community issues without all of the red tape and no expectation of repayment.

From acclimation of Sudanese refugees to Omaha, to after school coding clubs for kids, to musical expression for teens, mobile medical clinics and young adults with autism, BFJ’s micro grants are helping to improve the quality of life of Omaha’s most vulnerable residents.

Board of Bread for the Journey Omaha

Board 

Delana Rauterkus

Delana Rauterkus

President _

Marc Ferguson

Marc Ferguson

VP - Chief Financial Officer _

Joe Pruch

Joe Pruch

VP - Business Development & Communications

Tom Kiefer

Tom Kiefer

VP - Business Development & Communications

Connie Miller

Connie Miller

VP - Business Development & Communications

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Change of Omaha leaders
Change of Omaha

Bread For The Journey is super excited and has provided a grant to Change of Omaha! Change of Omaha is a new organization and is moving full steam ahead with initiatives to bring positive change and equity to the Omaha community. Change of Omaha has three major goals. Community Revitalization, Fighting Systemic Racism, and the Eradication of Food Insecurity.

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Thriving Titans

Congratulations to Annie Esterling and her Thriving Titans non- profit. Thriving Titans are families and businesses that want to ensure all students at Lewis Central Community Schools have everything they need to thrive in all areas of life.

Ronnie Thomas of Omaha Chapter of Special Spaces
Special Spaces 

Congratulations to Ronnie Thomas who created an Omaha Chapter of Special Spaces. Special Spaces creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. This is a place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs.This is a place of hope and inspiration, and a special space to find peace and comfort.

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Fit Girl, Inc.

The mission of FITGirl, Inc is to empower girls and young women through outdoor, multi-sport adventures to lead healthy, resilient lives.  Cheri Dickmeyer, founder of FitGirl, Inc has built the confidence of thousands of young girls since its inception in 2015.  She is making a big difference in their lives and our community.

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The Rose House

TaRae Peoples has a passion to help others.  The Mission of the Rose House is to encourage, empower and prepare... single mothers for life self-sustainability through mentorship and teaching.

 

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Real Meals

Cassondra Trotter-June is passionate, energetic, and is on a mission to cook 'Real Meals' for the elderly in our community! We support her and wish her our best as she supports our community!

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Envision Academy

Bread For The Journey  provided a grant to Christin Ones of Envision Academy, who is passionate to help children learn. Envision Academy provides alternative schooling for students in North Omaha

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Cornerstone Healthcare

Cherisa Meyer-Fletcher is a Physician’s Assistant, who create a mobile health outreach service in Omaha. Her goal is to serve those people in our community who can’t easily get to the doctor (because of transportation or language barriers) and who need to be educated about their health and wellbeing.  She comes to them making caregiving much more effective and efficient.

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SMILE BAGGS

Desree Coleman from Smile Baggs received a grant recently from Bread for the Journey. Smile Baggs's mission is to equip and empower women with lasting tools to rebuild their lives, create stability for their families, and a brighter future for their children. 

Susan Rogert

Healing Day

Susan Rogert began a healing day program to assist all Omaha first responders and veterans in stress reduction and relaxation. Susan is a Usui Reiki Master and loves helping people on a mind, body, and spirit level with this amazing technique.

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Our Gathering Place

Kinesha Roach is making a huge difference in the lives of challenged children,  O.U.R. Gathering Place is a mobile monthly community dinner for families with special needs children/teens. They help families by making them aware of various resources to empower their children. They offer a judgement free zone for children to be their authentic selves. Special needs parents have a common bond and this amazing organization provides much support.

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Bricklayer

An early grant helped Victor and Jennifer start a girls coding club that evolved into Bricklayer, a software tool that teaches coding.

  It has since been adopted by many local school districts as well as UN-Omaha. Individuals have used it worldwide.

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Inspire Collaborative Health

Allison Beninato and ICH bridges the gap between medical providers and alternative practitioners to better support overall well-being, preventative measures and short and long term care for individuals.

 

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Destiny Cafe

Joan Allen created the Destiny Cafe for a place that non-neurotypical adults can feel empowered within the Omaha Community.   Through restaurant job 

training and life skills, intellectual and developmental disabled individuals can unlock their full potential.

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Healing Hands of NE

Dr. Demetrio Aguila created The M25 Program within Healing Hands of Nebraska to make patient's dreams come true with surgical procedures paid by their own community service.

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Omaha Jitterbugs

This nonprofit organization brings classic swing era dancing to life through instructional classes with a diversity, equity and inclusion focus.  All are welcome to enjoy the social interaction and community engagement that has created deep diverse friendships.

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