The Kim Foundation Recognizes Omaha Area Law Enforcement with Awards

Five members of law enforcement serving Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area were recognized by the non-profit The Kim Foundation for their commitment to the foundation and those impacted by mental illness and suicide.
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OMAHA, Neb. - Oct. 25, 2018 - PRLog -- The Kim Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on mental health awareness and suicide prevention, recently awarded five members of Omaha area law enforcement with its Spirit of Courage Award. Awards were presented during the foundation's annual luncheon, "A Time for Hope and Healing" held October 16, 2018 at the Embassy Suites LaVista.

Recipients were recognized for their commitment and dedication to The Kim Foundation, the Omaha community, and those impacted by mental illness and suicide. Those honored include Deputy Chief Michele Bang, Omaha Police Department; Captain Chris Culler, Sarpy County Sheriff's Department; Captain Colene Hinchey, Omaha Police Department; Chaplain Jeff Kaiser, Sarpy County Sheriff's Department; and Lieutenant Denise Rieder, Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

"The Kim Foundation has worked closely with the Omaha Police Department, as well as Sarpy and Douglas County Sheriff's Departments in the last few years to build our LOSS program and increase our data collection efforts. These relationships have proven critical to the success of our programs and allow us to work to save lives in our community," said Julia Hebenstreit, Executive Director of The Kim Foundation.

Hebenstreit added, "I've had the privilege of working alongside these individuals for several years now. It doesn't matter if it's a foundation related matter or  something beyond that we've learned of, they are willing to step in and help in any way they can. They show up to countless meetings, produce reports, and pave the way for successful relationships between the foundation and their agencies in order to better serve the community."

Also featured during the event was keynote speaker Patrick J. Kennedy, former Congressman and one of the world's leading advocates and innovators on the prevention and treatment of mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also offered remarks.

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The Kim Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by mental illness and suicide through advocacy, education, and support.  Based in Omaha, Nebraska, The Kim Foundation strives to build a united, comprehensive response to assist children, adults, and families in achieving health, healing, and recovery.  The Kim Foundation serves as a communication link between individuals, families, and organizations throughout the state of Nebraska and moves to reduce the stigma often associated with seeking mental health care.

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