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Stories of Care

Every day, we provide expert care to individuals from all walks of life. We invite you to meet some of them below.

A Foundation for a Healthy, Thriving Community

cooking matters participants smiling with food

More than 1,300 people took part in VNA’s Cooking Matters program in 2016 and walked away with the knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices.

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February 15, 2018

And the winning recipes are…

In anticipation of VNA’s most delicious fundraiser, Art & Soup, coming up on Feb. 25, employees had a little soup competition of their own! Big congratulations to Rilla Eaton, whose Italian Turkey Burger Soup won Judges Choice, and Francie McNeil, whose Sicilian Peasant Stew with Asiago Cheese Soup won People’s choice. And congratulations to Dee Sepcenko, whose Algo Con Repollo won chef’s choice in Council Bluffs.

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November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Cakes

Thanksgiving Cakes repurpose Thanksgiving leftovers in a fun, creative and delicious way. I don’t use a set recipe, but if you’ve ever made fritters or crab cakes, you are looking for a mixture of that same consistency.

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vegetables at food day omaha

November 17, 2017

Secret Swaps at the Holiday Table

Do the holidays have to be a choice between healthy deprivation and gluttonous satisfaction? Your friendly VNA Chefs and Dietitians say no! This year, consider making a simple and healthy substitution in one of your favorite holiday recipes.

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princess and her child junior

August 15, 2017

Realizing Her Potential

One of nine siblings, Princess never had a mother or father figure to look up to. By her 11th birthday, she found herself in foster care.

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kari and her daughter aurora

August 11, 2017

Financial Support When Breast Cancer Takes Its Toll

Kari was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 when she was 34-years-old. When the cancer returned, tears rise and her voice quivers when she thinks of all she has to lose.

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August 10, 2017

Caregivers Help Alice Stay Independent

Alice is blind and has become increasingly scared to be alone in her home. With family living out of state, Alice turned to VNA Help at Home to help her maintain her independent lifestyle.

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pregnant woman holding teddy bear

August 9, 2017

Young Mother Finds Support Through Love & Learn Program

Much of Nancy’s childhood was spent in foster care. When she became pregnant at 17 years old, she didn’t have a supportive family to depend on, so she enrolled in the Love & Learn program.

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victoria and her daughter jade

August 5, 2017

Pregnant and Homeless: VNA Provides Much-Needed Care

Victoria, a young mother from Arizona, moved to Lincoln with her husband to stay with family for awhile. Their living arrangements fell through due to circumstances outside of their control and they found themselves homeless — and Victoria was seven months pregnant.

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bob portrait at vna celebration

August 3, 2017

When “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough

Bob served in the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra from 1957-60, playing his cello with musicians throughout Europe. In cahoots with his wife, Rose, his VNA care team planned a surprise Veterans pinning ceremony.

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baby and mother holding hands

August 2, 2017

A Mom Turns Her Life Around with Project WIN

When Martika began working with VNA’s Project WIN, her living conditions were less than ideal. She wanted to provide a safe, stable environment for her daughter, but the home she lived in was not conducive for a healthy lifestyle.

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connie and vna caregiver

August 1, 2017

Overcoming Obstacles in the Home

When Connie suffered a fall and fractured her wrist on Christmas day, she landed in the hospital. After returning home, she struggled to eat, dress herself and walk short distances.

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July 29, 2017

Specialized Care for a Special Baby

Baby R was born into this world with two loving parents. Two loving parents that were worried about her fussiness. She was initially diagnosed with colic and reflux. Then, she was hospitalized twice in her first few months of life, first for weight loss and second for seizures.

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