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When he entered the homeless shelter, the man had undiagnosed mental health concerns and a past history of substance abuse.

For him to get the therapy and treatment he needed, staff at Care Corps Family Services in Fremont had to make sure he was given a mental health and addiction evaluation — administered by a third party.

“These evaluations are vital to those we serve,” said Jessica Timm, director of housing and case management.

That’s why the Care Corps staff and board of directors is grateful for a $22,500 grant from the Omaha-based Immanuel Vision Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to non-profit, charitable organizations whose purpose aligns with theirs — meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of seniors; responding to community health needs; and supporting the ministry of the church.

These grant funds will help Care Corps’ emergency shelter provide case management and mental health services.

“Grants like these make it possible for us to truly invest in the lives of each of our clients. Care Corps modifies case management to best serve each client, which is made possible through grants and community support,” said Tera Kucera, Care Corps’ executive director.

Almost 50 percent of all Care Corps clients report at least one mental health concern, Kucera said in a prepared statement.

With these funds, Care Corps can make sure clients receive the therapy they need and address the underlying issues of homelessness.

The clients can be connected to all the resources necessary to become independent and successful.

“While we do receive three grants from the state and federal government, it is nowhere near enough to cover all expenses associated with a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency shelter and three housing programs,” Timm said. “Foundation grants make it possible for our case managers to go above and beyond in providing services.”

When they first come to the emergency shelter, all clients go through an intake process and are screened for any mental or physical health concerns.

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This grant makes it possible for case managers to immediately connect clients with the in-house therapist and referrals, Timm said.

Care Corps serves more than 700 individuals each year between the emergency shelter, three housing programs, and the housing prevention-after care program.

“We are humbled by the Immanuel Foundation’s generosity and willingness to support those who are in the most need in Fremont,” Kucera said.

And one of those individuals was the man who came to the shelter with undiagnosed mental health concerns.

Today, he has completed the program, receives ongoing case management and mental health therapy and is living in his own home successfully.

“He also volunteers at Care Corps,” Kucera said told the Tribune. “He gives back to his community.”

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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