D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon: May 5, 2015

Featuring Keynote Speaker,
Liz Murray 

Author, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

From homeless to Harvard . . . it is an unlikely turn of events. Liz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Murray’s life as the child of cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx was bitterly grim. There was never food in the house, everything was filthy, drugs were everywhere and the welfare checks were spent before they arrived. Read more

Watch Full Movie: Homeless to Harvard

The Salvation Army is now accepting nominations for the 2015 D.J.'s Hero Awards. Given in memory of D.J. Sokol, the awards recognize Nebraska high school seniors who exemplify his dedication to faith, selfless acts for others and commitment to the community.

Deadline has been extended:

Entries must be postmarked by
March 6, 2014.

Download a Nomination Brochure

Event Calendar

May 13 - 19 National Salvation Army Week

The Celebration Has Begun!

The year 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of The Salvation Army in Omaha built around the theme, "125 Years Caring for Omaha." The Omaha Citadel Corps, known as the No. 1 Corps, opened in February 1888 at 416 South 19th St. In 1938, Omaha became headquarters for the newly named Western Division. The corps went through more than 20 addresses and various names before ending up on a five acre campus at 36th and Cuming street in 1990 which was valued at $2 million. The Lied Renaissance Center was a gift from Nebraska Methodist Midtown Hospital.

Events throughout this year will commemorate the anniversary. "We’re moving toward another 125 years of caring for Omaha," said Joanne Bemis, divisional director of development and community relations. Last September, divisional headquarters moved from the Lied Renaissance Center, a 1906 building in need of renovation. Plans are underway to replace the social services center with a more efficient facility.