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A Major Milestone

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, which is at the core of all we do at The Kim Foundation. As each year passes, it is encouraging to see more of the city embrace the importance of mental health and celebrate this month alongside us.

For the first time ever, The Kim Foundation celebrated the month by having a Self-Care Fair at the renovated Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The sun was shining, and hundreds of community members joined in the park. Even if they didn’t originally come for the fair, they ventured over and learned new self-care tools, unwound with some yoga, participated in children’s events, and joined as community around an issue that impacts each and every one of us in some way. A shout out to Ashlee on our team who generated the idea and put the idea into action for the community!

May also marked a special milestone at the foundation. Larry Courtnage, our Board Chair, celebrated his 85th birthday. Larry started the foundation in 2001 in memory of his daughter Kim, who the family lost to suicide. Larry’s vision and selflessness, as he was able to take his grief and turn it into something so meaningful for our community, has led the foundation to evolve over the last 23 years into what we are today. While Larry’s years may be getting up there, his passion, wit, and desire to help others, continues to thrive. Please join me in celebrating 85 impactful years. Cheers Larry!

Julia Hebenstreit, Executive Director

Julia received her J.D. from Creighton University in 2005, and her BS in Journalism from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2002. She has been with The Kim Foundation since 2011, and prior to that worked for local non-profits doing development, strategic planning, communications and advancement. She has a passion for helping people and improving lives, and serves on the Executive Committee for Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations, as the 2015 Hill Day State Captain for the state of Nebraska, and as an active member of the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Early Childhood Mental Health Coalition, BHECN Advisory Committee, RESPECT Advisory Board, Connections Advisory Board and the Project Propel Planning Group.