Please check back for updates as the situation changes.
May 4, 2020
Our Plans for Fall Semester
Coming off an amazing week of fundraising during our no-call-phone-a-thon, the good news continues.
After what feels like an eternity, Mass and other sacraments will be available to college students, JPII Newman and FOCUS staff and individual faculty and staff of UNO beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020 under the guidance of the Archbishop of Omaha George J. Lucas and local and state public health officials. Until restrictions are lessened, current policies regarding closure of community spaces and restriction of any visitors not mentioned above are still in place.
Our hope is to be as together as possible this fall! We are committed to providing safe housing for Omaha college students and we are planning to be at or near capacity in Newman Hall for the fall semester. We have been working hard to prepare policies that are in line with recommendations of the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD). Hosting in-person Bible studies, community night and other parish activities will depend on the health and safety directives from the state, DCHD and Archdiocese of Omaha.
The DCHD recommends that since our apartments have separate bedrooms, we can manage any resident who needs to self-isolate or self-quarantine if they are diagnosed with or suspect exposure to the coronavirus. Any resident who tests positive for coronavirus will need to self-isolate. Roommates will need to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for symptoms. Other recommendations from the DCHD are also in place including use of masks outside bedrooms for those in self-isolation or self-quarantine, frequent sanitizing of living spaces with supplies provided at stations throughout the Newman Center and regular cleaning of common spaces like the elevator and lobby areas. More details and FAQs are on our website.
We are still a home away from home for Omaha College students and we are ready to welcome residents back for the fall semester. If you are or know of a student continuing their studies in Omaha this fall, we provide a safe, secure and vibrant college experience even in the midst of a pandemic. We aren’t full yet, but men’s spots are filling more quickly than women’s spots. So, don’t delay in applying!
Take a virtual tour and learn more at jpiiomaha.org. Any questions about residential living at Newman Hall can be directed to Lauren Hankes, Resident Manager at 402-557-5575.
March 26, 2020
It is with sad hearts that we have asked that our residents voluntarily return to their permanent addresses so we can respond to the spread of the coronavirus and the CDC’s recommendations.
Our resident manager has been in touch with each of our residents to make sure no one is left without a safe place to live. We know not all students will be able to move home, and we are certainly not forcing anyone out.
Those who voluntarily opt to move out are being offered a partial buy-back of their lease. While this is a financial sacrifice for us, it allows us to be more prepared should a COVID-19 outbreak occur here.
We are so proud of our students for their flexibility and cooperation in this uncertain time. We have already heard from several students who feel blessed to have this financial reprieve. A few have even chosen to donate their refunds back to JPII Newman, which is a moving testimony to the impact we are having and the amazing hearts of our residents and community.
There are ways you can help our community:
• Encourage others to visit us online. We have a new virtual tour that will help give students considering living here or becoming part of our community a great inside look.
• Share and interact with our Facebook posts.
• Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
• Consider partnering with us financially. Even a small monthly gift makes a big difference and we collaborate to do God’s will and provide a haven for these students during trying times. Donate Here.
And please pray for us as we pray for you. We aren’t letting this virus get the best of us, and we are working daily to continue mission in creative ways.