Tabitha History

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Heiner Family

Legacy of Caring

A Timeline of Tabitha Serving Nebraskans

Tabitha is as local as you can get. Founded and based in the same location for over 135 years, this nonprofit is made up of like-minded TEAMembers who work and live in the cities and towns we serve. Because of strong community support, Tabitha is able to provide exceptional quality care to Seniors and their families.

OUR FOUNDER

Rev. Henry Heiner, along with his wife, Emma, founded Tabitha as an orphanage in 1886. He named the organization Tabitha in honor of Tabitha Katharina, one of his nine children who died in 1893—seven days after her second birthday. Equipped with a passion for reaching all those in need, Rev. Heiner and Tabitha began caring for the ill and elderly in 1889.

In 1960, Tabitha completed its role as an orphanage and transitioned into dedicated Senior Care, where we became and continue to be a proud pioneer in the industry.

News Feed

With a passion for helping older adults, Delaney Patten first donated her time to nonprofit Tabitha as a temporary volunteer, then later became an employee and hospice volunteer. Read more.

Help Tabitha make the final Best of Kearney ballot—nominate us for Best In-Home Health Care company between Jan. 25 - Feb. 10, 2022.

As an approved education site through the Nebraska Health Care Association, Tabitha is pleased to offer a pathway to becoming a Nursing Assistant (CNA). Space is limited—apply today.

It's nomination time for the Lincoln's Choice Awards. Please nominate Tabitha daily through Monday, Jan. 31 for: Home Health Care, Senior Care, Physical Therapy, Work Environment, Nonprofit, Senior Living Community and more.

Nonprofit Tabitha, Nebraska’s industry-leading Senior Care provider, honored Dayna Swenseth, Director of Nursing as Tabitha’s annual TEAMember of the Year. Read more.

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird joined forces with Tabitha Meals on Wheels Monday to celebrate its milestone of delivering five million meals to Lincoln area residents since its founding back in 1967. Read more.

December is all about family, festivities, and the gift of … dry skin? Practicing these skincare tips yearlong will help keep your skin looking happy and healthy around the calendar.

Senior care advocates celebrated together for the first time in two years at nonprofit Tabitha’s major fundraiser, The Signature Event, Nov. 11, at the Country Club of Lincoln. Read more.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru of America in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season. Learn more.

Two longtime Nebraska Senior Care providers—Lincoln-based Tabitha and Omaha-based Immanuel—are collaborating to expand Tabitha's home health care and hospice services to the Omaha metro area. Learn more.

Tabitha was voted the Best Home Care Provider in Lincoln by area residents for the 13th year in a row in the annual Best of Lincoln rankings. Read more.

Tabitha was again voted Grand Island Independent’s annual best In-Home Health Care and fan favorite for Hospice Care by area residents. Read more.

Tabitha is honored to be nominated for Best In-Home Care in the annual York Reader's Choice Awards. We need your help to win! Vote for Tabitha daily between Sept. 13-26

Life has been hard lately on us all, but September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup.

GracePointe by Tabitha, Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites, celebrates 10 years of exceptional quality care. The Senior living community is located on Tabitha’s main campus in the heart of Lincoln, Neb. Read more.