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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.


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.

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It's time to recognize nonprofit Tabitha in the annual Best of Lincoln Awards! Read more.

For National Safety Month, learn how to implement safety into your daily life. Read more.

This gold standard of achievement recognizes the exceptional standards of care exhibited by Tabitha Hospice | A Collaboration with Immanuel TEAMembers. Read more.

Thinking more positively about aging will help you live a more fulfilling, longer life! Learn more.

Tabitha at Prairie Commons' dining experience has been taken to the next level by Culinary Director, Thomas Harper. Read more.

Recovery became a reality for Jim thanks to Tabitha Rehabilitation's services. Read more.

Hoping, dreaming and being optimistic can bring great benefits to your life! Read more to learn why you should keep your cup half full.

Now until March 30, we're counting on your votes for Tabitha Home Health Care! Read more.

To help you live joyfully, age gratefully, here are some tips to kickstart March, which is Athletic Training Month! Read more.

Now until March 19, we're counting on YOU to vote daily and help Tabitha receive Lincoln's top honors! Read more.

From now until Feb. 16, Tabitha would love your nominations to help make the final ballot of the 2023 Kearney's Choice Awards! Read more.

February is National Self-Check Month, which serves as an important reminder to check in with your personal health and wellbeing. Read more.

From now until Feb. 12, nominate Tabitha Health Care Services in several categories of the 2023 Lincoln's Choice Awards. Read more.

As a member of LeadingAge's Board of Directors, Tabitha President & CEO, Christie Hinrichs is helping strengthen the future of care for older adults. Read more.

Tonya Van Pelt will oversee daily operations at Tabitha at Prairie Commons, Tabitha's newest living community in Grand Island. Read more.