Midlands Business Journal | May 6, 2016
Outlook Nebraska poised for facility renovation for expanded services
Schemmer’s Outlook Nebraska project was recently featured in the Midlands Business Journal. Outlook Nebraska is nearing the end of their fundraising for facility renovations and programming expansion, which is slated to break ground in June or July. They were awarded a $250,000 grant from the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation and recently earned the Omaha Award in April.
"This award has helped to spark the opportunity to bring the campaign to a successful close...it has increased public awareness, because we still have an unmet need," said CEO Eric Stueckrath.
Outlook Nebraska estimates they have one million dollars still to raise to successfully close out the campaign. Stueckrath said Outlook Nebraska will be moving forward with the renovation project, even if it has to leverage some assets or operating cash, and will use the $250,000 grant as the last springboard to close the gap. The renovation is also characterized as its "biggest investment in outcome growth."
Outlook Nebraska is the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska, the Omaha-based private, nonprofit agency offers employment, workplace training, and recreational and cultural opportunities. The campaign spans enrichment programs for 14,000 blind or visually impaired residents in the Greater Omaha Area. Programs include technology camps boasting assistive devices for students, vocational assistance for working-age adults, and education on workplace modifications to accommodate employees.
"Our mission is to positively impact the blind and visually impaired. We want every blind person we meet to be better-off for having known who we are and what we do," said Stueckrath.
To learn more about Outlook Nebraska's facility renovations and programming expansion project click here.
To read the full article, view pages 1 and 27 in Midlands Business Journal.