About Us

Health Equipment & Long-Term Planning (HELP) is a unique, nonprofit organization that improves quality of life and independence for seniors, adults and teenagers. Serving more than 7,000 people in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, HELP comprises two programs: low-cost medical equipment rentals and long-term care planning.

Programs Support Independence

HELP renovates gently used medical equipment and makes it available to those in need at a fraction of the retail cost, enabling individuals to maintain independence in their own homes. The long-term care planning program accepts all Douglas/Sarpy county residents, regardless of income or age, including those covered by Medicaid.

Environmentally Friendly Recycling

HELP’s overhead costs are extremely low, with 93 cents of every dollar applied to our services. In addition, our environmentally friendly recycling program diverts thousands of pieces of medical equipment from landfills annually.

Our History

In 1982, philanthropists Dr. Ross Robson, Marjorie Kiewit, Willis Strauss and other community leaders began their mission through the First Presbyterian Church of Omaha. From a makeshift office in the church boiler room, the “Presbyterian Outreach” helped elderly and low-income people remain independent and safe in their own homes. The Outreach evolved into today’s thriving nonprofit 501c3 organization known as HELP (Health Equipment & Long-term Planning).

Our HELPers

Helping the community every day.

Becky Snedeker

Executive Director

Daniel Haynes

Program Manager

Kurt Bush

Program Director

Alejandra Porter

Customer Service / Administrative Assistant

Jerelle Johnson

Senior Warehouse Coordinator

Our Board

Jackie Austad Nelson

President

Nancy Kelley

Dr. Nancy Kelley

Executive Committee

Marilyn Puett

Executive Committee

Laura Ilcisin

Executive Committee

Kevin Welsh

Board Member

Anne Walsh

Board Member

David Daniels

Board Member

Kellie Morrell

Board Member

Danielle LeGrande

Board Member

Our Partners

CHI Hospitals & Affiliates

College of St Mary’s Occupational Therapy

Methodist College of Nursing

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Alegent Health Systems

Methodist Hospital & Affiliates

Immanuel Hospital & Affiliates

Jennie Edmundson Hospital & Affiliates

Veterans Administration Hospital

Key Physical Therapy

Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital

OneWorld Community Health Centers

Charles Drew Health Center

Council Bluffs Community Health Center

Douglas County Health Department

Iowa Department of Health & Human Services

NE Department of Health & Human Services

Visiting Nurses Association

ALS Association

ALS in the Heartland

Alzheimer’s Association

Arthritis Foundation

Heartland Family Services

Hope Haven

Siena Francis House

Franciscan Adult Day Center

Asera Care Hospice

Alegent Home & Hospice Care

Care Consultants for the Aging

Connections Agency on Aging (Iowa)

United Way of the Midlands

National Safety Council

Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA)

Non-profit Association of the Midlands

League of Human Dignity

Latino Center of the Midlands

Municipal Public Housing Agency

Council Bluffs Senior Center

Kohll’s Pharmacy

Kubat Pharmacy

Elmwood Pharmacy

Presbytery of the Missouri River Valley & the Presbyterian Churches

Royale Oaks Living Facilities

St. Joseph Villa

Maplecrest Nursing Center

Quality Living Home Health

Regal Towers

Swanson Towers

Brighton Gardens

Hillcrest Center

Montclair Nursing Home & Rehab

New Cassel Retirement Center

Esprit Whispering Ridge

St. Joseph Tower

Papillion Manor

Oasis Senior Advisors

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Parkinson’s Association

Focus Respiratory

Wings of Hope

Elite Professionals Home Care

Intercultural Senior Center

Comfort Keepers

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership

A Time to Heal

Specialized Physical Therapy

Security Equipment, Inc.