About Heartland Hope Mission
Heartland Hope Mission (formerly Mission For All Nations) is a faith-based 501(c) 3 charitable organization founded to provide food and clothing and promote self sufficiency for people in need. We focus on serving the working poor and low income families while creating an environment where lives are being changed instead of fostering dependency.
Low income families are provided with a 7 day supply of food including food appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are able to choose all of their own canned and boxed goods. All of the frozen meats, produce items, and dairy items are packed by volunteers. Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toilet paper, and shampoo are also available for people to choose from. Information about other resources in the community is also made available. We provide the basic necessities to people in need so they can use their limited funds to pay their bills. It is much cheaper to help prevent families from becoming homeless than to rehouse them. Simultaneously we try to help families move into a positon where they are once again self sufficient.
Additonally, we provide clothing, household items, and toys at no charge. People in need are able to choose the items they want for their family.
During the holidays we provide a special Thanksgiving pantry. This is a 7 day supply of food that includes food appropriate to make a Thanksgiving meal. For Christmas we have a party with food, face painting, and family photos. Parents receive a large bag full of toys and wrapping paper to give gifts to their children.
Josue Anaya was sent away from El Salvador by his mother in order to escape the bloody civil war in 1984. Later that year, after getting separated from his missionary contact, he nearly froze to death on the streets of Des Moines. After a dramatic rescue, he believed God had saved him to help others in similar desperate circumstances. In 1986, he married Mary, and over the years they frequently provided shelter for homeless people out of their home. In 1992, they moved to Omaha and in 1999 both graduated from ministry school and started a small bilingual church. After working two years in the South Omaha community and receiving frequent requests for assistance with basic needs, they realized that the need was greater than they alone could meet. A group of local business owners and clergy was asked to form a board for a new organization, Mission For All Nations in November of 2002. The new organization was incorporated in January 2003 for the purpose of providing food, clothing and shelter for the needy of all ethnic backgrounds.
- A week's supply of food
- Hygiene products
- Household items
- Thanksgiving assistance
- Christmas assistance
- Sack lunches