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A Mashup: Business Mind, Community Heart

(Grant Mussman is pictured with Krishna Kandel & Purna Biswakarma , officers of the Nebraska Nepalese Society, and Joseph Kenney of 316 Strategy Group.)

The Omaha community, while large, is quite tight knit and it commonly referred to as the big city that feels like a small town. We think that is largely due to the support and kindness the citizens offer throughout the metro area.

If you’ve ever had a chance to meet Grant Mussman, you know he’s a first-class example of community support. If you haven’t met him, make it a point to. Grant is a local State Farm agent entrenched in Omaha’s civic groups, nonprofits, community programs, and professional affiliations, all for the sake of expanding his horizons, extending gratitude to a community that has wholeheartedly welcomed him, and improving the place he calls home.

A desire to help others and serve his community were a part of life for Grant from early on. His dad has been a State Farm agent in Fremont for over three decades, so Grant experienced first-hand what it meant to be there when someone is in need. He realized that through a career like his dad’s, he could make a difference in the lives of people every day.

A natural born leader, Grant found that others consistently encouraged him to be the leader in most areas of his childhood. From being 6th Trumpet to being selected Band President, to growing as a cub scout to earning the rank of Eagle Scout while growing up in Fremont, Grant has learned to use his leadership skills to benefit others. Not only can he step in and take up the task of leading others, he does it all with a clear sense of humility. “I respect everyone and the path they’re on. I haven’t walked in their shoes,” he said.

“I respect everyone and the path they’re on. I haven’t walked in their shoes.” Grant Mussman

As a man who values faith and family, Grant is active in his church and volunteers in various capacities to help where needed. He is active in the Kiwanis, involved in the Nepalese Society, and supports the local arts community contributing to the Omaha Community Playhouse and The Apollon through financial support and community promotion of their productions and special events. Hundreds of individuals each year enjoy reduced prices on tickets to concerts and theater productions because of his generosity. Grant is a fan of all types of arts from music, to theater, to multimedia, to dance. His well-rounded appreciation of the arts and civic organizations naturally leads to his commitment to supporting nonprofits and promoting their causes to help provide more awareness for them and benefits for those who need the services.

Community involvement isn’t simply a few hours of volunteer work for Grant, it’s a lifestyle and a passion. A passion that is clear and contagious. A lifestyle that is evident in everything from his family life to the way his team at State Farm interacts. His team is valued and cared for and that doesn’t come from great effort – it comes from an innate disposition. To Grant, everyone is a friend and he likes to be the first one to lend a helping hand to those in need. Recently, State Farm launched a new site, NeighborhoodOfGood.com which helps connect individuals to nonprofits in their community with which they can connect for volunteer and other supportive opportunities. It’s one more way Grant’s career intertwines with his personal values and that he can enjoy even more ways to help the community by encouraging everyone to find a cause that resonates with them to get involved with.

A lifelong learner, Grant takes opportunities to learn about the things he doesn’t have experience with and to connect with people and organizations that he can learn from and provide value to. Grant shared, “The greatest compliment someone can give me is to ask my advice about something.” His dedication to building a thriving community has already been felt among the people and organizations he has touched. Keep an eye on this one. He’s barely scratched the surface of his impact on Omaha.

“The greatest compliment someone can give me is to ask my advice about something.” Grant Mussman

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Rejuvenating Women's Banquet Successful

Rejuvenating Women’s Banquet Successful But Challenges Are Certain to Grow

By Brian Lahm

The inaugural “Beautifully Broken” banquet was a success in providing attention and support for Rejuvenating Women, but there’s much more work to be done. The challenges of battling human trafficking and helping the victims in the Omaha area are not expected to diminish.

“Bottom line, we have to continue to educate the public. Joseph Kenney and 316 Strategy Group have been helpful in that role, and we can count on Joe and his organization for assistance because they understand the importance of continuing this fight,” said Rejuvenating Women President Julie Shrader whose non-profit organization held an Oct.1 banquet that drew 385 people to A View on State at 13467 State Street in northwest Omaha.

We need continued steady support with prayers. We also welcome contributions and volunteerism, whatever the Lord puts on your heart for this ministry if He is leading you in this direction. Even more specifically, we are looking for medical partners, professionals we can call night or day for help with victims. We need assistance from doctors and clinics. Most of the calls we make on behalf of victims come at ‘normal’ times such as 2 in the afternoon, but not always,” Julie added.

Julie Shrader Human Trafficking Omaha Nebraska

“I am trying to get into hospital emergency rooms to speak to directors and personnel so we can have discussions that are beneficial to helping victims. For instance, when you see guys bringing in women for ER treatment and they seem to be over-the-top with a controlling attitude, that is one possible red flag and a situation that needs to be evaluated.”

Joe, founder and president of 316 Strategy Group, confirmed his commitment to helping Julie and Rejuvenating Women. “We need to provide tips on how people can recognize when women and girls are caught in trafficking. Most of the time, they just can’t walk away without support or assistance. Everything Julie and Rejuvenating Women offer is Bible-based.

“I know a situation where a mother talked about how her 16-year-old was ‘stolen’ – probably ‘kidnapped’ is a better word for it – and prepared and marketed elsewhere. The mother was just sick about it, as you can imagine. She dearly loves her daughter, and it was a painful experience not knowing what happened to her.

“We are appreciative for those who have taken notice of the situation and want to help, including churches, businesses, and individuals. Law enforcement and prosecutors have worked closely with Rejuvenating Women as well.”

With contributions, Rejuvenating Women runs a safe house, provides extensive one-on-one mentoring and counseling – all free of charge – to women and girls. The group also helps others deal with forgiveness, abortion, teen pregnancy, bullying, infidelity, physical and mental abuse, addictions, molestation, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“My way of helping people understand this situation is asking someone, ‘What if it was your daughter?’ ” Joe said.

Rejuvenating Women Omaha Nebraska 316 Strategy Group Joseph Kenney

Christopher Slater and Joseph Kenney of 316 Strategy Group pictured with Julie Shrader of Rejuvenating Women. 316 remains committed to the long-term success of the organization.

Support can be offered by calling Julie at (402) 522-6811 or by email at julieshrader3@gmail.com. For more information, visit http://rejuvenatingwomen.com. The group’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/rejuvenatingwomen?fref=ts.

Brian Lahm is founder and President of GML Communications, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. GML Communications, Inc. offers more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations content development. They help organizations craft and deliver messages that define their mission and position them as industry experts with an important story to tell. www.gmlcommunications.com 

Chariots 4 Hope

Restoring Lives One Amazing Gift At a Time

Through a tremendous amount of hard work, good will and prayer, Jason and Michelle Hurt founded Chariots 4 Hope while seeking to make an impact on behalf of those in need in the Omaha/Metro area.  The not-for-profit restores vehicles and provides them to individuals who may have fallen on hard times, or who have otherwise been through insufferable circumstances.  For such individuals and families, reliable transportation is often one of the most important pieces of the puzzle as they are working so hard to put their lives back together.  The organization’s goal is for everyone to own reliable transportation that allows them to maintain independence and to be self sufficient in their communities..

Answering A Call To Serve Others

The Hurts are doing far more than restoring cars through Chariots 4 Hope…They are restoring lives, and are answering a calling to serve others.  Originally from St. Louis, the Hurts moved from Long Island to Omaha nearly two years ago, and have wasted little time in making an impact on the Omaha/Metro.  Successful business owners, they share a passion for serving the Lord, and in turn, their new community.  Jason and Michelle, never ones to shield their faith, have founded Chariots 4 Hope on four Core Values; Faith, Honesty, Stewardship and Family.  They both exude a remarkable passion for helping others and have partnered with local organizations that do the same, such as the Open Door Mission, Rejuvenating Women and the Cross Training Center.  It is through these organizations that candidates are presented to Chariots 4 Hope.  Choosing one person at a time, or even a few, is so very difficult.  This is why the Hurts aspire to grow the organization to a point that they are able to keep up the with demand.  Jason stated very matter-of-factly  “We plan to be in a position to where we can provide gifts of reliable vehicles to 10 to 15 people each month… or more…”.   “It is a ministry…” Michelle added.  “…to learn what many of these families have been through is heartbreaking, and we are blessed to have the ability to help”.

Chariots 4 Hope Delivers First Gift

Chariots 4 Hope’s first gift was a 2003 Ford Escape, which was delivered to April  Baker, a single mother with a three year old son.  April was taken completely by surprise on October 20th as the Hurts delivered the vehicle to her, complete with a giant bow on the hood.  Until this amazing gift had been delivered, April had been without transportation, and without a trusted support system around her, she had very little options.  As a sex trafficking survivor, April has been working to rebuild a foundation for she and her son and described the gift from Chariots 4 Hope as “…a blessing from God…”. April further explained that she had never felt worthy of good things in life, particularly from people she did not even know.  “…I feel like I’m on my way to feeling normal again..” she added.

Julie Schrader, of Rejuvenating women had nominated April to Chariots 4 Hope.  “Jason and Michelle are truly two of the most compassionate and honest people I have met.  They have a passion and desire to do Christ’s work and to help others in need…” Shrader said.  “My hope is that people and even dealerships will donate vehicles and funds to help them with this amazing ministry that God has given to them… this is a fantastic organization.”  Chariots 4 Hope is definitely a bright spot within the Omaha Town Square.

Chariots 4 Hope is seeking community partners to help further their mission, whether it may be mechanics, repair shops, auto dealers or individuals who would like to help.  You can contactChariots 4 Hope at 402-516-8302, or at info@chariots4hope.org.  For more information, you can also visit their website at www.Chariots4Hope.org, where you can also find links to make donations.

Rejuvenating Women Focuses on Faith & Forgiveness

Forgiveness Is Key to Christian Non-Profit

Rejuvenating women is a Nebraska non profit organization for women who are hurting from one or multiple things that have occurred in their past. This Christian organization focuses on forgiveness and offers Bible studies, open forum discussions, one-on-one mentoring and counseling to women in the Omaha community.

“To endure suffering, one needs to focus on forgiveness.”

Julie Shrader, President of Rejuvenating Women

Julie Shrader, President of Rejuvenating Women, travels throughout the Omaha Metropolitan area tells her personal story. Julie is a regular on the local speaking circuit and speaks about many topics including:

  • Releasing and freedom of shame and guilt in our past (how to heal)
  • Share my Testimony – (before I trusted Christ, how I surrendered to him, and the – difference since I’ve been walking with him.)–Revelation 12:11 says we overcome our enemy be the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.
  • Human Trafficking which includes; Prostitution, Escort Services and Stripping
  • Our team counsels victims of Rape, Molestation, Incest and Sex Addictions
  • Abortion, Teen Pregnancy, and the Love of Adoption
  • Physical and Mental Abuse and how it destroys and molds you
  • Drug and Alcohol Addictions
  • How to Forgive Yourself and Others (The Love and Forgiveness of Jesus)
  • Sexual Purity and what is biblical (Great for Teens)
  • Marital Issues (Infidelity) and Relationship Issues
  • Self Worth (Feeling Worthy of God’s love), Self-Esteem and Depression
  • How to deal and live with “Dysfunctional Home” (Fatherless?)

Shrader explains that around the world and in our own community, women and girls often suffer from violence, shame, sexual exploitation, feelings of unworthiness, anger and resentment.  This occurs even toward others who are often members of their own family.

Rejuvenating women is a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers of shame and guilt. They accomplish this by raising awareness of the power and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.  Through His love and grace, they too can overcome their past and inspire others.  Rejuvenating Women is founded on God and puts Jesus in the center of all that they do.  They focus on the power of Christ’s forgiveness that He gives to us and we are to extend that same forgiveness to others. The Bible is clear on the issue of forgiveness and how crucial it is for us to forgive those whom have hurt us and caused deep wounds in our hearts.  Shrader explains we may get angry and feel like getting revenge, but God says to NOT sin in your anger and HE will get revenge, it is not up to us to do. Shrader believes women need to step out in faith and let God fight for us.

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit comes into our heart and begins to change us and that our sins will be washed away clean and white as snow.

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” – Ephesians 1:13

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. – Isaiah 1:18

Rejuvenating Women also works to increase community awareness and coordinate the identification of human trafficking, assist in community education, advocacy, provision of culturally and linguistically sensitive victim services, and efforts to ensure the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers. Rejuvenating women provides a Bible-based context, in which women trapped in modern day slavery and/or survivors of human trafficking are given HOPE, safety, anonymity, security and freedom.  Shrader has worked diligently to partner with government agencies and community organizations; including the FBI, International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Lydia House, in order to better support and help prostituted women and girls escaping violence.

It is Julie’s hope that women will be able to face their past hurts and mistakes and learn how to forgive.  She believes when we can come to a place of confession and forgiveness, the healing process begins.  Forgiveness is a gift if you are willing to confess it and receive it.  It is there that you may start living a life of emotional freedom and a life that God intends for you to live.

“Forgiven people must be forgiving people.”

To volunteer or if you have questions for or about the organization, please call or email Julie and her team at; Phone: (402) 522-6811

Email:  info@rejuvenatingwomen.com

Your donation is tax deductible and it funds our outreach for women through media, group and single studies, mentoring and counseling services, training, educational materials, events, transportation to and from women’s shelter and correctional facilities to talk with inmates, growth of the ministry, and much more.

Your secure online donation is made through PayPal OR you can mail your donation to:

Rejuvenating Women

P.O. Box 207

Boys Town, NE  68010

(A receipt will be mailed to you for your taxes.  Never mail cash!)

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HETRA Impacts Community for 25 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) 25 Year Celebration & Open House

Omaha, Nebraska – September 10, 2014

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy has been serving the Omaha/Metro area for 25 years… after years of doing so out of two smaller, separate privately owned facilities in Valley and Omaha, HETRA has moved to its new location in Gretna and would like you to celebrate with them!  On Saturday, September 13th from 4:00-8:00 pm there will be tours of the new facility, therapeutic riding demonstrations and the unveiling of the new Mustaches 4 Kids Omaha Barn ~ (Huskers don’t play until 9:30 pm)

There will be free beer, wine and soft drinks along with music, free food, snacks and games for kids.  HETRA moved to the Gretna location in June of 2014, with much thanks to the local Omaha chapter of Mustaches 4 Kids, who helped raise the funds to make the move possible.  HETRA’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities.  HETRA also provides services to Veterans at no cost.  Come out and meet the HETRA staff and horses!

Key HETRA staff will be on hand to discuss the many triumphs and celebrate the countless successes over the past 25 years, as well as to provide insight regarding the organization’s exciting future.

Contact:

Christopher Slater

HETRA Program and Facility Expansion Project Manager  

Christopher@HETRA.org                                                                                                            

402-957-0238

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Davita Selects HETRA to Send Large Volunteer Force

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy

(HETRA)

 Press Release

 HETRA HAS MOVED to 10130 South 222nd Street in Gretna.  HETRA is now in its 25th year of serving the Omaha/Metro community, and after having operated for so many years out of two separate locations in Valley and Omaha, we have found our new home.

On THURSDAY August 21st, HETRA is expecting nearly 300 volunteers from DaVita Dialysis locations from across the country to help us make our new location feel like home.  This will be a huge undertaking, with projects being completed all over the facility’s 25 acres.  Projects include painting, cleaning, building, landscaping, and renovations.  Media will have the opportunity to see the project before and after, as well as speak with a variety of volunteers as well as key HETRA staff about the project and the organization’s mission improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities.

Date of event is Thursday August 21, 2014 from 8 am to Noon at HETRA’s new facility, 10130 S 222nd Street, Gretna, NE

DaVita Dialysis selects one organization annually to provide a large scale volunteer force, and HETRA is honored and humbled by the opportunity.  This will undoubtedly be huge undertaking.

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, HETRA has been serving the community since 1989.  HETRA’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities.

Business website: www.HETRA.org   Phone number: 402-359-8830

 Please feel free to contact;

Christopher Slater, HETRA Program & Facility Expansion Project Manager, at 402-957-0238, or at Christopher@HETRA.org

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