Fandango seeks to “Restore and Create Safe and Happy Childhoods”

January 10, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – All of the risk factors were there for little Jaden*. His mom was only 17. She was the victim of past abuse. Their household income was under $10,000 a year. Parent’s age, family history, poverty: all key factors that increase the risk of child abuse and neglect.

But fortunately for Jaden – his mother receives services at the Lutheran Family Services (LFS) North Omaha Center for Healthy Families®. As soon as she found out she was pregnant, Jaden’s mom took the advice of a friend and went to the Center (inside the Urban League building) at 30th and Lake. She was one of 271 young parents to do so in 2013, and Jaden was one of 350 children who benefitted from a safer home environment. The North Omaha Center is one of three Centers for Healthy Families® operated by LFS. In addition to these holistic prevention and intervention services, on any given day LFS also has open case files on another 2,000 children statewide.

Some of these children are in LFS’s RSafe® program, undergoing therapy after being sexually abused. Others are in foster care, desperately hoping for a permanent loving home. Still others seek therapy for trauma, mental illness or behavioral challenges.

The upcoming “Fandango” fundraiser will help insure these programs continue to change and improve the lives of Omaha’s most vulnerable children.

Roger and Karen Thompson are honorary chairs of the Friday, February 21, 2014 event. This year’s theme, “Fandango on the Fairway” encourages attendees to wear their favorite golf themed or casual attire. Fandango is organized by members of the Forever Families Guild.

Theme: Fandango on the Fairway
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Location: Indian Creek Golf Course, 3825 North 202nd Street, Elkhorn
Time: 6:00 pm – Cocktails, Silent Auction
7:30 pm – Dinner, Program, Live Auction
Cost: $100 per person
Honorary Chairs: Roger and Karen Thompson

Tickets to Fandango are available at www.lfsneb.org or by calling Cheryl Murray at
402.661.3138. Even if you can’t attend, you can support these programs by donating at
www.lfsneb.org.
*Not an actual client. Composite information used to protect privacy.