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Small steps add up to big changes for those in need. This winter, Joel Schlessinger donated 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms to Siena/Francis House in Omaha. The balms were passed out to the many men, women and children staying at the shelter.

The Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter was founded in 1975 as an emergency overnight shelter for women. Two years later, the organization began an emergency overnight shelter for men several blocks away. In 1994, the two houses were consolidated under one roof, and the shelter began operating an in-house residential addiction recovery program.

Siena/Francis House has expanded to include a continuing education program, an employment training program, supportive apartments for guests with disabilities and a health clinic. The Siena/Francis House mission is to not only provide physical needs to the homeless, like food, clothing and shelter. It extends to “the acceptance and affirmation of the human person, the creation of an atmosphere of hospitality and the provision of purpose and meaning in the lives of people who struggle for survival.”

Joel Schlessinger’s donation helped make a big difference.

Shelter records have been at an all-time high in recent months, with the facility operating at as much as 150% above capacity. Personal care donations have been especially welcome. Joel Schlessinger’s contribution of 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone came just in time for winter, when cold winds and harsh climates often leave skin and lips dry, chapped and painful. Developed by Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel, the balms contain 1% hydrocortisone to soothe dry skin and lips, as well as minor cuts and irritation.

Of the donation, Women’s & Children’s Manager, Patty Cunningham, says, “We’re sleeping about 527 men, women and kids here right now…to us, this is a big thing….little things…make such a big difference to us here at the shelter.” Here is our video that shows the great work that they are doing at the Siena/Francis House!

Siena/Francis House welcomes group and individual volunteers, as well as donations of all kinds. To learn how to donate or volunteer your time at Siena/Francis House, please visit this page.

More than 3.5 million people around the country are homeless. Twenty thousand of those individuals are homeless in Nebraska, and 2,000 are in Omaha. Care and compassion are key to changing lives and helping those in need find hope. Recently, Joel Schlessinger donated 1,000 FixMySkin Healing Balms to the Open Door Mission’s Hope Tote program.

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954. The Mission was formed in response to the many men who crowded the streets of Omaha looking for work with one of the city’s 10 railroads. What began as a one-building operation has expanded to include a full campus and several programs tailored toward specific needs. Above all, the group is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Every day, they provide over 2,000 hot meals and 816 safe shelter beds to homeless men, women and children.

Donations from people like Joel Schlessinger help provide personal care items for the homeless.

The Open Door Mission’s Hope Tote program helps distribute personal care items to homeless individuals in the Omaha area. Among the items frequently requested are toothpaste and toothbrushes, over-the-counter pain relief, deodorant and shampoo. Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel’s, invention, FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone, made a wonderful addition to 1,000 Hope Totes. The balm helps soothe everyday skin concerns such as minor cuts and the dry skin and chapped lips that often accompany cold winter weather.

Joel Schlessinger, his family and members of his staff were delighted to deliver the balms and tour the Open Door Mission facilities. They are excited to donate to this wonderful cause and help those in need get back on their feet.

The Open Door Mission is always accepting donations for the Hope Tote project, and they have created an Amazon Wish List to make sending items directly to their campus quick and easy. Click here to access the Open Door Mission Hope Tote Amazon Wish List.

For more information on Joel Schlessinger’s donation and the Open Door Mission, please see this LovelySkin video.

To read more about the Open Door Mission, inquire about other types of donations and sign up for volunteer opportunities, please visit their site here.

Joel Schlessinger donates to the One World Baby Boutique

Joel Schlessinger and his wife, Nancy, recently made a monetary donation to One World Community Health Center’s Baby Boutique program. One of One World’s newest projects, the Baby Boutique has already seen great success assisting families in need.

Joel Schlessinger’s donation helps expectant parents provide for their newborns.

Baby care items add up quickly and become a large financial responsibility for new parents. Many of the under-privileged families served by One World Community Health Center struggle with the mounting cost of frequently used items like diapers and wipes. The Baby Boutique assists expectant parents with the purchase of newborn essentials such as diapers, wipes, bottles, clothing and more. Parents earn “Baby Bucks” toward purchases at the onsite Baby Boutique when they attend prenatal care appointments. These bucks may then be exchanged for newborn necessities.

Donations like Joel Schlessinger’s have helped over 500 parents in the Omaha area.

Since opening In September of 2013, more than 500 new parents have visited the Baby Boutique to redeem Baby Bucks for brand-new items. In addition to providing much-needed supplies, the program creates an added incentive for seeking proper care and education throughout pregnancy.

Located in under-served neighborhoods, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. focuses on meeting the primary health care needs of the greater Omaha community. Joel Schlessinger and his family have made several donations to One World in recent years, and they are happy to support one of the Center’s most unique and valuable programs.

To make a donation of your own to One World Community Health Center, or to discover volunteer opportunities, please visit their site.