Together, Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha

To prevent and end homelessness.

aka Together Omaha   |   Omaha, NE   |  www.togetheromaha.org

Mission

Together's mission is to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Omaha community. This is done through strategic partnerships and collaborations. Together envisions a community of prosperity where everyone experiences safe, affordable housing, food security, health and wellness.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Mike Hornacek

Main address

812 S 24th Street

Omaha, NE 68108 USA

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EIN

47-0589290

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rapid Rehousing Program

The Horizons Program focuses on the goal of moving households (individuals and families) from homelessness (living in the shelters and/or on the streets) to housing and income stability. This is achieved through intensive, one-on-one case management, financial assistance, and navigation and referral support.

Population(s) Served

Together's Food Choice Pantry provides food to low-income households struggling to afford food due to limited resources. The pantry is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours, and each household receives roughly a weeks worth of food items. A household may utilize Together's Pantry one time per month, and must provide identification for the head of household, proof of address, and social security cards for each household member. Together's Food Choice Pantry also promotes nutrition and nutrition education by highlighting healthy food options, partnering with local food nutrition education agencies, and operating a 24 bed community garden that provides fresh produce for clients.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Households in the Horizons Program are either diverted from the entering the homeless shelter system or prevented from losing their current housing, which happens through Crisis Engagement or are moved from shelter and into safe, affordable housing, through participating within the program. Each Horizons Program case manager is able to work directly with the household to address their particular, specialized set of housing barriers in order to move them from homelessness to housing and income stability.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Together's overarching goal is to create housing stability in the Omaha-area community by providing emergency resources and navigation to individuals and families living in extreme poverty. Under this mission, Together has several specific goals:

-Reduce the number of homeless Veterans to an effective zero.
-Maintain the number of homeless children and families in our community.
-Maintain an 90% housing stability rate for all clients receiving financial assistance and case management services.

Consistent, accurate data is crucial and is Together's most significant measure of effectiveness in addressing hunger and poverty in Omaha. Together will never fully impact these problems alone; maintaining and growing a formal and efficient system of sharing information with other agencies promotes effective use of limited resources.

HUD requires human service agencies that access funds for Homeless and Near Homeless to use a Homeless Management Information System. In the Metro Area, Service Point is the shared Information System used. The responsible parties at Together gather these numbers from Service Point to track where Together is meeting its goals and where Together is not.

Together also collaborates with other agencies in its Continuum of Care (CoC), meeting to discuss specific clients, services available at each agency, referral processes, and best practices. This ensures Together is best able to utilize community resources and partners in meetings its goals and overall mission.

Together's First Stop Program is comprised of three full-time caseworkers who meet with 15 to 20 clients a week which, allowing Together to assist 45 to 60 clients on a weekly basis. The Veterans Program employs two full-time caseworkers, each meeting with their 20 clients at least once per week on average. With both programs having the capacity to meet regularly with these numbers of clients, this makes Together extremely capable of meeting its goals.

Additionally, Together is extremely active within its CoC, attending taskforce meetings with other area agencies to partner and refer clients to one another's services. This ensures holistic care for Together clients, and increases capacity to serve clients and meet goals.

In 2015, Together helped: 1,093 clients with rent assistance, 709 with utility assistance, 240 with ID's/birth certificates, 2,915 with case management, and 1,734 with navigation support. With the help Together provided in 2015, we were able to keep 97.11% of these individuals and families served out of the emergency shelters.

Together continues to participate in the Zero: 2016 Campaign within its CoC, a national campaign to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2016. Work is continually being done to reduce the number of homeless Veterans to an effective zero, and numerous agencies within the CoC are collaborating to identify and house all remaining homeless Veterans in order to reach an effective zero.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Together, Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dewey Kennison

Baird Holm


Board co-chair

Doug Alvine

Alvine and Associates

Doug Alvine

Alvine Engineering

Dan Friedlund

Immanuel

Doug Alvine

Alvine Engineering

Doug Alvine

Alvine Engineering

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/2/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.