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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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Don't let the holidays be a time of discomfort — check out this Tabitha Tip and learn how to create your holiday bill of rights. Read more.

Lincoln, Nebraska — Tabitha's home since its founding in 1886 — has voted Tabitha for multiple "BEST of" honors in the Best of Lincoln Awards. Read more.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels is grateful to be a 2023 "Hometown Charity" for Subaru of America's annual Share the Love® Event. Read more.

Residents in and around York have cast their votes, and Tabitha has come out on top! Read more.

The Lincoln Country Club was transformed into a live music venue for Tabitha's 2023 Signature Event, "Harmony Through the Ages." Read more.

Many folks are searching for the fountain of youth—what if it was inside us the whole time? Read more.

Tabitha Home Health Care and Tabitha Hospice have received consecutive top honors in the annual Best of Grand Island Awards! Read more.

Six Tabitha Residents took to the sky in September for a flight of a lifetime. Read more.

October is "Talk About Medications" Month, and Tabitha aims to help you do just that with this monthly health tip. Read more.

In celebration of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, learn all about Tabitha Rehabilitation's industry-leading services. Read more.

With Tabitha's annual TEAMember Celebration came the announcement of top TEAMember honors: TEAMember and Leader of the Year.

Tabitha's roots in York County run deep. Join us in voting Tabitha as a favorite in their local, annual awards! Read more.

Paulsen will oversee community operations at S²age Living by Tabitha, an intergenerational community opening its doors to Lincoln in fall 2023.

The most important meal of the day plays an important part in kickstarting your morning. Read more.

Nonprofit Tabitha announced Inglish Camero will take on the role of Director of Nursing at Tabitha Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Read more.