The Mutual of Omaha Foundation has announced $305,000 in mission grants to 11 nonprofits for the third quarter of 2013.

Included in these grants is a $25,000 grant to the Omaha Home for Boys for its Jacob’s Place Transitional Living program. Operating with a mission to “Strengthen Youth and Families,” the Omaha Home for Boys provides services to at-risk youths through family-style, community-based programs supported by education.

The skills boys learn at the home help them learn to succeed as adults. Last year, the program served more than 60 youths, who, without the support of this program, may have faced continued homelessness.

“Our Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for families. Many of the youth served in the Jacob’s Place program not only live at or below the poverty line, but do not have the traditional support system of a family,” said Christine Johnson, president, Mutual of Omaha Foundation.

“Breaking the cycle of poverty for these children starts with ensuring they have basic needs and the opportunity to learn how to be successfully independent. This organization is providing an incredible service to the most vulnerable in our community.”

The foundation also approved grants to these groups:

• Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Douglas County, $15,000 for general operating support.

• Girls Inc., $20,000 for GIRLStart Literacy Program.

• Grameen America, $25,000 for Omaha operations.

• Habitat for Humanity, $50,000 for general operating support.

• Heart Ministry Center, $25,000 for general operating support.

• Hope Center Inc.: $50,000 for Hope Employment & Learning Academy.

• Kids Can Community Center, $25,000 for general operating support.

• Nebraska Children’s Home Society, $25,000 for Children & Family Center behavioral health.

• Omaha Street School, $20,000 for general operating support.

• Together, $25,000 for general operating support.

Requests for applications to be reviewed in the first quarter of 2014 will be accepted at the website through Nov. 15. For more information, including an explanation of each critical issue and funding requirements, visit the website.

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