Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, recognized a select group of donors and volunteers who have given extraordinarily in the pursuit of outstanding, compassionate care for southeast Nebraska Elders. Those organizations and individuals were honored during Tabitha’s Into the Blue celebration held April 5 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.

The luncheon, celebrating Tabitha’s commitment to Elders in our community, honored a notable Tabitha employee, corporate supporter, church, local foundation and individual who have dedicated time, talent and treasure to Tabitha’s Christian mission of delivering innovative Elder Care services that promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults. Honored recipients were: Darrell Sievert, Tabitha Vice President of Information Technology, Cheever Construction, First Plymouth Congregational Church, the Robert D. Carstens Charitable Trust, and volunteer, Jim Buckwalter.

The Character Award, honoring a Tabitha team member or volunteer, was presented to Darrell Sievert. For 34 years, Sievert has been part of the Tabitha family, leading our information technology and telecommunication teams. In an ever-changing world of health care, Sievert has shown commitment to character and has been dedicated to the mission and service of Tabitha. 

Cheever Construction earned the Courageous Vision Award in honor of years of support to needs in the community. For many years, Cheever has been a dedicated supporter and reliable construction partner for innovative projects at Tabitha.

First Plymouth Congregational Church of Lincoln earned the Compassion Award for their dedication to Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Church congregants have adopted two Meals on Wheels routes every Sunday. Right in their own neighborhood, volunteers gather coolers and deliver up to 50 meals each week. 

The Robert D. Carstens Charitable Trust was presented with the Continuum Award, which recognizes an organization that understands the mission and purpose of Tabitha. Tabitha is grateful for the long-time support and commitment from the trust in supporting Elders across the Tabitha Continuum of Elder Care Services.

The Connection Award was presented to Jim Buckwalter for his service to Tabitha for nearly 14 years. As a volunteer, Buckwalter delivers multiple Tabitha Meals on Wheels routes twice a week, every week and offers his assistance as a Snow Angel, delivering meals during inclement weather. His service extends beyond the meal program to Tabitha’s annual Give to LIVE Christmas drive and many other projects.

Also recognized during the luncheon were Tabitha Hospice volunteers Alan Bye and Lee Foster for their commitment to supporting individuals through their end-of-life journeys.  

“Tabitha is honored to have such wonderful supporters,” says Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “The commitment of organizations, supporters and volunteers allow our team to serve over 2,500 Elders each day.” 

More than 50% of Elders in Tabitha’s care rely on federal and state-funded programs to pay for their health care needs. With funding for government programs in constant flux, the Tabitha Foundation works behind the scenes to ensure Elders continue to get the care they need and deserve. Donations to the Tabitha Foundation help provide loving support that is otherwise unaffordable to many Elders. For those we serve who are struggling financially, government-run reimbursement programs and their individual resources are not enough to cover the cost of care. Donations help to make up part of that shortfall.

Contact the Tabitha Foundation at or 402.486.8509 for more information about how you can help support our community’s Elders. 

Check out photos from the event on Tabitha's Facebok page, Tabitha Health.