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

Adults who engage in exercise decrease their risk for and even lessen the symptoms of heart disease, osteoporosis and other illnesses. Consider these small, simple ways you can stay active.

Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club and Tabitha joined forces for 19th annual golf event at Lincoln’s NuMark Golf Course, raising over $75,000 to support Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Read more.

Tabitha kicked off construction of its upcoming 200,000 square foot Senior Living Community in Grand Island—Tabitha at Prairie Commons. Read about Groundbreaking Ceremony held June 24, 2021.

Nominate Tabitha for best hospice and in-home care company in the 2021 Best of Grand Island contest between now and July 12.

Although aging is inevitable for any organ, there are easy steps you can take to reduce and slow down the skin’s aging process.

Help Tabitha make the Best of Lincoln ballot. Nominate daily through June 30 at BestofLincoln.net for Home Care, Retirement Community, Physical Therapy and Large Company to Work.

Some sun can be good for you, but in order to keep your skin healthy and ultimately reduce the risk of skin cancer, it’s best to take these precautions.

Give to Lincoln Day offers a unique opportunity to make an even bigger impact in the lives of Seniors and our local community. Donations made between May 1 and 25 receive a proportional share of a $500,000 match fund. Learn more.

Home injuries such as falls or accidents are a leading cause of death for Americans. Follow these tips to keep your home safe.

Tabitha is honored to be among the top award-winners for the Lincoln’s Choice Awards: BEST Home Health Care and among the best for: Senior Care, Senior Living Community, Place to Work and Speech Therapy.

Tabitha offers a variety of grief and support groups both online and in-person. Learn more.

There is a lot of information out there about proper nutrition. What we should or should not eat seems to change every day, and it can be hard to keep track. Here are some ways to start getting your “plate in shape.”

March for Meals is a month-long celebration of Tabitha’s longstanding Meals on Wheels program. This year, donations will be doubled thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000. Learn more.

Nonprofit Tabitha has promoted Susie Egr to Vice President, Business Development, to oversee business growth, development goals, community partnerships and market expansion opportunities for all Tabitha service lines. Learn more.

Nonprofit Tabitha has promoted Karen Cheesman, CBSW, to administrator of Tabitha Hospice. to provide oversight of all nursing and administrative staff throughout Tabitha’s 27-county service area. Learn more.