LIVEing Message Board

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 

1 Corinthians 16:14

If you have information to contribute please complete the following form. All material must be sent in by noon each Thursday to be included in the following Tuesday’s email. 

Ready, Set…Race!

Get those sneakers and noisemakers ready for our third annual Tabitha Miles for Meals Run!

The race will be held earlier this year on Saturday, March 30 and will include a NEW course for a 10-mile, 5K and 1-mile Kids Grand Prix in Lincoln.

Sign up early by March 23 for a discounted registration at

Nominate Tabitha for Lincoln’s Choice Awards

Help us continue being the Answer for Senior Care in Lancaster County by nominating us for the following categories in the 2019 Lincoln’s Choice Awards:

1. Best Physical Therapy

  • Under “Health & Well Being”

2. Best Work Environment

  • Under “Lifestyle”

3. Best Charity/Non Profit

  • Under “Lifestyle”

4. Best Customer Service

  • Under “Services & Housing”

5. Best Senior Living Community

  • Under “Services & Housing”

Simply click here to submit your nominations (once per email address) by January 27.

Make sure to share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues who live in the area as well!

Tabitha in the News

10/11 News’ Lance Schwartz rode along with volunteer, Amy Bartolome, last week to experience firsthand the difference delivering meals can make for Tabitha Meals on Wheels recipients in Lincoln.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels needs your help! Learn more about this volunteer opportunity by visiting

To watch the full news story, visit this link.

Looking for Your W-2?

Your electronic W-2 is now available on ADP. Log into ADP, go to Myself > Pay > Annual Statements. See the screenshot below for reference.

Paper copies have arrived and can be picked up from the Talent & Culture office this week. Be sure to bring your ID or badge at time of pick up. For those on the main campus who do not retrieve their W-2s by 4 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18, they will be mailed.

For our regional/Crete/Williamsburg TEAMembers, W-2s will be placed in the mail Tues., Jan. 15. 

For questions, contact Talent & Culture or Lindy Mara.

Upcoming LIVE2CARE Sessions

Our first Live2Care session of 2019 will focus on the core values of Care and Cultivate.

This one-hour session will be led by Tami Ocken and Cheto Cerda and provide education to help TEAMembers maintain and improve their overall health and well-being. It will also cover new resources including SmartSelect Program and Online Wellness Platform as well as identify providers who can help TEAMembers save money while delivering a higher quality of care. 

This session is required for all TEAMembers enrolled in Tabitha benefit plans, but is strongly encouraged for all! 

If you’re unable to attend in person, a video will be available to watch on Relias following all scheduled sessions:


  • February 8, 2-3 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room


  • February 12, 11 a.m. - noon, Regional Office Conference Room


  • February 13, 3-4 p.m., LifeQuest Conference Room
  • February 15, 10-11 a.m., LifeQuest Conference Room
  • February 22, 1-2 p.m., LifeQuest Conference Room


  • February 20, 11 a.m. - noon, Regional Office Conference Room


  • February 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Harbor House Library


  • February 28, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Regional Office Conference Room

Postage Rate Increase

Effective January 27, 2019, standard postage rates will increase:

  • Forever Stamp – 55 cents (formerly 50 cents)
  • Metered Letter – 50 cents (formerly 47 cents)

TIP: Bulk Marketing Mail now costs 65 percent LESS than using the postal meter.


Does your mailing qualify for the bulk rate?

  • Mailing must contain at least 200 identical, non-confidential pieces (letters or postcards)
  • Includes the Tabitha bulk permit in place of stamp (use bulk envelopes or stickers)


If your mailing qualifies for the bulk rate, complete the following steps to send your mailing:

1.     Separate Nebraska and out-of-state mail

2.     Complete Work Order Form, including GL code and count of in-state and out-of-state mail

  • The Work Order Form can be found on the online toolbox or at the Communications Desk

3.     Communications Desk will prepare check request and deliver to Post Office


For questions, contact Communications Desk by pressing “0” on your ShoreTel phone or calling 402.486.8520.

Making a Difference: Your Gifts in Action

The employee campaign invites all Tabitha TEAMembers to recognize that every dollar makes a difference and every TEAMember makes a difference. Because of your contributions, Commitment and compassionate spirit, we can continue to fulfill our mission of service.

Each month we recognize a campaign participant for their contributions.

Congratulations to this month’s prize winner: Gloria Asch.

Hearts of Gold

Through the Hearts of Gold program, clients and families can uplift a Tabitha TEAMember or department by sharing a testimonial and contribution in their honor. The individual or team receives a Hearts of Gold pendant and recognition from Tabitha leaders. Thank you to each one of you who provide Customer Centric and compassionate Care every day to those we are privileged to serve.

Each quarter we will recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond and provided superior service.

Congratulations to this quarter’s prize winner: Christal Outz.


Be sure to say hello and introduce yourself to these NEW Tabitha TEAMembers.

YOUR Comments...YOUR Culture

Thanks to those who provided culture-related feedback by submitting comment cards in our Culture ‘Cubes’. For those of you who would still like to submit feedback, there are a few Culture ‘Cubes’ left in high traffic areas such as the mail room, main staff lounge at TNRC and each of our offices in Nebraska City, Crete, York and Grand Island. Or drop the Refresh Team an email at (ALL comments are absolutely welcome and confidential.)

Do You Have Ideas? Please Share! is a place where everyone throughout the Tabitha Continuum can share their ideas for improvement, cost savings and time management. It is a place to submit new ideas and be heard.

Information will be reviewed by members of the Executive Team and, if applicable, shared via the LIVEing Message Board. Email your ideas to or enter them below. We're listening!

You can also submit your idea below.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Quarterly ‘State of Tabitha’ Meetings
  • Next State of Tabitha Meeting
    • Thursday, February 7, 9-10:30 a.m., LifeQuest Conference Room, Lincoln

Upcoming Grief And Support Groups

If you or clients and family members need support during a difficult time, consider attending one of the upcoming grief or support groups.

  • Main Region Grief Groups and Services:
    • Loss of a Loved One Drop-in Grief Group
      • Every Monday morning, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Front Porch Coffee Shop, 5925 Adams St., Lincoln. Contact 402.486.8577 for confirmation of dates.
      • Every Wednesday afternoon, 1:30-3 p.m., The Harbor Coffee Shop, 1265 S. Cotner Blvd., Lincoln. Contact 402.486.8577 for confirmation of dates.
    • Men’s Drop-in Grief Group
      • Every other Friday, 1:30-3 p.m., Hy-Vee, 7151 Stacy Ln., Lincoln. Contact 402.486.8577 for confirmation of dates.
    • Valentine’s Day Remembrance Service
      • Thursday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., at Tabitha Chapel, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln. For questions, please contact Ray Boeche, Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, at 402.486.8546.


  • East Region Grief Groups:
    • Loss of a Loved One Drop-in Grief Group
      • Every other Tuesday, February 5 and 19, 1-2 p.m., Café Metro, 901 Central Ave., Auburn. For questions or to register, please contact Juanita Steenbakkers, Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, at 402.416.7365.


  • Central Region Grief Groups:
    • Seward Grief Support Group
      • February 12, 5 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1014 N. 6th St. For questions, please contact Tabitha Hoffman, Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, at 402.362.7739.
    • Growing Through Grief Six-Week Support Group
      • Mondays, February 25 – April 1, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., at Columbus Senior Center, 3111 19th St.
      • Two ongoing sessions are available; please attend a time that best suits your needs. For questions and to register, please contact Tabitha Hoffman, Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, at 402.362.7739.
    • York Grief Support Group
      • January 31 and February 28, 2 p.m., Tabitha, 205 S. Lincoln Ave., Ste. 101, York. For questions, please contact Tabitha Hoffman, Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, at 402.362.7739.


  • West Region Grief Groups:
    • Aurora Grief Support Group
      • January 29 and February 26, , 1:30 p.m., at Aurora Methodist Church, 1104 A St. For questions, please contact Tabitha Hoffman, Tabitha Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, at 402.362.7739.

From Talent and Culture

Check Out for All Job Openings! Share with Your Friends!

$500 paid to employees for referring a person who is hired into a full-time position.

$250 paid to employees for referring a person who is hired into a part-time position.

(First half of this amount will be paid upon new employee’s hire; second half of amount will be paid upon six months of employment.)


January Newsletter from Our Partner, Directions EAP

Click the image below for full newsletter.

Anniversaries and Birthdays

Thank you, TEAMembers, for your Commitment to Tabitha—take a day to Celebrate YOU!

News Feed

Tabitha Offers Grief Groups, Remembrance Service and Hospice Volunteer Training throughout February.

It's time again for the Lincoln's Choice Awards nominations. Tabitha would be honored to be nominated for best: physical therapy, work environment, charity, customer service and senior living.

Tabitha is proud to partner with the Lincoln Track Club to present the Tabitha Miles for Meals Run on Saturday, March 30, 2019. See our training plans here.

Genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors all play a role in influencing our cognitive health, the way we think and learn. Here are some factors that contribute to cognitive health decline.

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

Tabitha, Nebraska’s industry-leading Senior Care provider, offers grief groups and hospice volunteer training throughout the month of January in Lincoln, York, Grand Island, and Nebraska City, NE. Learn more.

Aubrey Paulsen serves as a Senior living advocate at Tabitha, offering complimentary expert guidance to help Seniors and their families understand options that best fit their needs, in and out of the Tabitha Continuum. Learn more.

Tabitha was voted the Best Home Care Provider in Lincoln for the 10th year in a row and was among award winners for Best Place to Work, Best Retirement Community and Best Physical Therapy. Read more.

For older adults, eating healthy couldn’t be more important and can have positive effects on chronic diseases. Here are four ways to get your “plate in shape."

Studies show that people who regularly perform intentional acts of gratitude experience a variety of health benefits. Read more here.

As the holidays approach, the Tabitha bereavement team would like to share with you some thoughts on how to take care of yourself when gathering with friends and family this holiday season. Read more.

Tabitha is gearing up for the global Giving Tuesday campaign. Occurring on November 27, Giving Tuesday is held annually after Thanksgiving. Tabitha is a grateful recipient of a $10,000 match, provided by Thrivent. Learn more.

During National Home Health and Hospice Care Month, Tabitha honors the dedicated nurses, therapists and aides who provide exceptional quality health care and supportive services in clients’ homes throughout Nebraska.

Tabitha is privileged to care for our nation’s heroes and cater to their unique needs. As a member of the We Honor Veterans program, Tabitha Hospice provides specialized services to veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. Learn more.

Cats are the most requested therapy animal after dogs, but make up only three percent of all therapy animals. Therapy cats can offer comfort and healing, and more are needed. Read more.