In 2002, Fr. Tom Fangman enlisted the support of 12 community and business leaders to raise funds for the construction of new building to house the Heart Ministry Center. Construction was completed in May 2005, and the current center, now located at 24th and Binney Street, opened to assist those in need. With construction and operation of the new building, the Heart Ministry Center formed a board of directors and became a fully independent 501 (c)3 organization in 2007.
During the center’s first two years at the new location, it experienced tremendous growth, increasing its services from 3,000 per year to 16,000. The center became Omaha’s first “choice” food pantry, allowing clients to select their own foods. Over time, the center expanded its range of services to include Pathway, a self-sufficiency program for single mothers. The center also partnered with Creighton University to provide free, basic medical care.
Beginning in 2010, the center entered into another period of rapid growth. It had expanded healthcare services, developed a group mentoring program for at-risk youth, added free legal services, opened a dental clinic, and introduced social work and case management services. In 2015, the center provided services to an average of 7,000 people per month. Despite the increase in services, the Heart Ministry Center strives to provide the same high quality, personalized care to every client who walks through the door.