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Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter

August 15, 2018 by

Mission statement

The Siena/Francis House welcomes, shelters and empowers individuals experiencing homelessness to navigate their own path to safe and appropriate housing.

Wish List

  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cold-weatherclothing (used)
  • Individually wrapped, pre-packaged food items (for sack lunches)
  • Toilet paper
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Cooking oil
  • Tennis shoes (for men, all sizes)
  • Tennis shoes (for women, sizes 5 to 8)
  • Salad dressing (all flavors)
  • Razors (for men and women)
  • Shaving cream
  • Bar soap
  • Disinfectant cleaners (e.g. Pine Sol)
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Paper towels
  • Zip-Lock bags (all sizes)
  • Pain relievers
  • Hair brushes
  • Socks (for men)
  • Underwear for men (sizes 28, 30 and 32)
  • Underwear for women (sizes 5 and 6)
  • Work boots (for men)


The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter, with six facilities at 17th and Nicholas Streets, is the region’s largest provider of emergency housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Siena/Francis House is a community-based, non-denominational, 501 (c)(3), charitable organization, and is not affiliated with any national or “parent” organization.

Brag Lines

The Siena/Francis House has two model emergency shelter facilities which provide safe, clean, and secure housing for its guests.

It is the case that–each and every day of the year–the Siena/Francis House serves more meals and provides more nights of shelter to people experiencing homelessness than all other shelter in the Omaha metropolitan area.

The Siena/Francis House operates Nebraska’s largest residential mental health/chemical addictions treatment program, administered by licensed professionals.

The Siena/Francis House’s Rehousing and Reintegration Services program is administered by licensed mental health and addictions specialists.

The Siena/Francis House Rehousing and Reintegration Services team helps over 100 individuals each month with veterans benefits, Social Security assistance, education assistance, domestic violence matters, transportation, and obtaining identification.

The Siena/Francis House has developed a vast network of suppliers who donate the food to enable them to provide over 420,000 meals in 2018.

Pay it Forward

The Siena/Francis House provides basic human services of emergency shelter, food and clothing at no cost to homeless individuals requesting assistance. As such, Siena/Francis House relies primarily on the generosity of the community for operational expenses. Having sufficient supplies is crucial. For example, each month they need 2,600 rolls of toilet paper and enough soap for 5,760 loads of laundry.

Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter

1702 Nicholas St.
Omaha, NE 68102

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Food, Festivals, Fun, and Falconwood

May 31, 2018 by

Pick of the Week—Friday, June 1-3: It’s a foodie’s dream weekend. Taste of Omaha is back at the Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing and it’s as good as you remember. Whether you’re craving ice cream, sweet corn, or sushi, you’ll find it this weekend on the river. Mix in some music, fun, and fireworks, and it’s a guaranteed good time for everyone. Check out all the ingredients here.

Thursday, May 31: Let the eating begin tonight at Foodstock 2 in Bellevue. Forget all the dinner prep and head down to B-Town to feast on yummy treats from over 20 food trucks. There will be other vendors onsite, and a food drive for the Bellevue Food Pantry. Bonus points for this one, as it’s also a free, zero waste event. Don’t forget to bring your donations (five items or more gets you a raffle ticket). Find out more here.

Saturday, June 2: Wanna get weird this weekend? Then head to Omaha Oddities & Art Expo at Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites. With over 45 unique vendors, there will be a lot to explore. Special guests and performances will also be on hand, including a magician, a mentalist, and fire shows. Not convinced? You also have a chance to help support the Food Bank for the Heartland by bringing in a non-perishable food donation (gets you a dollar discount) or by participating in the 50/50 raffle for the Siena Francis House. Catch all the available oddities here.

Saturday, June 2: Food isn’t the only thing on the menu this weekend. Benson Beer Fest 2018 is bringing the brews, with over 75 of your favorite breweries from around the area. Your entrance fee will include a commemorative glass and, of course, a pour from each of the breweries. Now that’s a lot of beer, so a special price for designated drivers is an option. Pore over more information here and get your tix here.

Saturday, June 2: Castlepalooza! is on! This free, community festival offers live, local music, games, face painting, yoga, and of course, bubbles. Ride your bike, see some critters, and learn about solar power while enjoying the music of Clarence Tilton, Colin Michael Roberts, and Travelling Mercies. Did we mention there will be food and beer available? Bike on down to Joslyn Castle, meet some new people, learn some stuff, and enjoy the atmosphere, all for free. Start learning more here.

Sunday, June 3: Need a relaxing way to wind down and take a break from all that eating and drinking? Head to Falconwood Park (formerly Sokol Park) in Bellevue to watch The Incredibles from the comfort of your own car. The sequel hits theaters in a couple weeks, so refresh your memory (or see it for the first time) beforehand. But don’t limit yourself to just one drive-in movie this week. You can also catch a showing of Black Panther on Thursday, June 7. For the full rundown of upcoming movies at the park, click here.

Where the Arts Come Together

November 11, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

It’s been a big year for Creighton University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department. Its spring production of Cabaret received 13 Theatre Arts Guild nominations and took away a whopping five, including Outstanding Musical. The Midlands Mentoring Partnership named ceramics professor Amy Nelson Mentor of the Year for her commitment to helping teens through the Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program and her exhortation for Creighton students to engage their community in similar ways.

The year has, in short, been phenomenal for the department, which is unique among Jesuit universities for offering a full complement of fine and performing arts programs, including photography, printing, dance, and music.

But 2015 is a big year for another, more important reason: it marks half a century of the department’s commitment to bringing all these disciplines together, and it plans to celebrate with public events that demonstrate its combined strengths.

“The department started with a lot of guts and determination,” notes John Thein, who began teaching drawing and printmaking at Creighton in 1975 and retired this past spring. “We started in a building downtown and, over the years, the department has really grown. The chairpersons are due a tremendous amount of respect.”

One of those chairpersons is professor of music Frederick Hanna, who has held the position for the past decade. “We put a task force together two years ago to discuss how to celebrate the anniversary. All of us became involved. We wanted to do a collaboration between studio and performing arts. It’s unusual and rare to bring in the complete department.”

This collaboration is taking the form of the fittingly and simply titled “A Creighton Exhibition,” which in addition to Nelson and Thein includes work by three other fine arts faculty members: photographer the Rev. Michael Flecky, painter Bob Bosco, and sculptor Littleton Alston. It also features a symphony that Hanna composed to commemorate the anniversary.

“My inspiration was each faculty member,” explains the music professor. “The piece opens with thematic material that reoccurs throughout and weaves five major sections together, which are depictions of the five studio artists in the department. They were my inspiration. I know these artists and created melodic material for each. The 50th anniversary is a big deal.”

Bridget Keegan, dean of Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences, agrees. “It’s definitely exciting,” she remarks. “The exhibition’s a showcase.”

For her, the 50th anniversary celebration also underscores the university’s mission regarding fine and performing arts. “One thing to note is that, historically, Jesuit spirituality emphasizes the importance of imagination. If you go back to the 17th and 18th centuries, Jesuits were putting on plays and operas. They really cultivate imagination through the arts. They educate through creativity.”

She notes that Creighton’s Fine and Performing Arts Department more than achieves this goal. “We are so proud of our department,” she emphasizes. “We started the year on a roll. It’s very inspiring. We’re so fortunate to have these programs where students can cultivate their creative passions.”

“A Creighton Exhibition” runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 5. An artists’ reception takes place on Friday, November 13, with a performance by the student orchestra conducted by Hanna. The event is free and open to the public, although the Fine and Performing Arts Department encourages people to bring boxed or canned food for donation to the Siena Francis House.

Visit creighton.edu to learn more.