Schalisha Walker’s journey finding normal after foster care sheds light on service needs

Before a Feb. 27 packed house at the Holland Performing Arts Center a woman strode on stage to introduce playwright-poet-performance artist Daniel Beaty.

Schalisha Walker, 25, was unknown to all but a few in the audience. She was there to not only introduce Beaty but to deliver a personal message about the hundreds of foster care youth who age or drop out of the system each year in Nebraska....

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Aisha Okudi’s story of inspiration and transformation

Entrepreneurial African missionary Aisha Okudi, 37, laid the foundation for her thriving business and ambitious humanitarian work during a period when she and her children were sometimes homeless. She'd been through worse. 

Regardless of how bad things have gotten, she's remained focused on her mission because she considers her story of transformation a testimony to her faith in a Higher Power...

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Summit Helps Omaha Take an Extra Step in Active Transportation Planning

“Forty-two years ago America put a man on the moon, making transportation history. But at that time, Neil Armstrong could not walk safely to work.” Jim Oberstar, former Minnesota congressman and keynote speaker at the 2011 Heartland Active Transportation Summit, set the stage for the importance of safe modes of alternative transportation in front of over 200 registrants at the Scott Conference...

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Overarching plan for North Omaha development now in place

Recent adoption of the North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan into the city master plan gives direction and impetus to energizing a stagnated, disinvested area never fully recovered from decades-ago civil disturbance and urban renewal.

Unanimous approval by the Omaha Planning Board and City Council sends a strong signal to public-private funders and developers the plan provides an officially...

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The Legacy Ends

Omaha's oldest social service agency closed earlier this year with a whimper, not a bang. The Wesley House Community Center, a United Methodist Church mission since 1872, has ended 139 years of service, confirmed Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede, interim executive director and head of United Methodist Ministries in Omaha. The agency's two-acre, twin-building campus at 2001 North 35th St. will be sold,...

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Once More With Feeling

Rumors about the impending demise of a north Omaha cultural institution began flying last fall when Loves Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., took an extended break from normal operations. Even the hint of trouble alarmed the African American community and city-county officials, who view LJAC as a linchpin for an envisioned 24th and Lake revival. The North Omaha Development Project, the...

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Wrong Message

They thought they had won. After months of meetings, rallies, redesigns and petitions, the group of Dundee residents fighting a proposed CVS pharmacy slated for 49th and Dodge thought the uphill battle was over. On Aug. 31 the Omaha City Council listened as the group voiced their concerns. Members looked at the maps showing the homes that would be destroyed to make way for the store, saw the...

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Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


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