Fresh Start Receives $25K from Healthy Blue Nebraska to Support Homeless Women

Fresh Start (, a transitional shelter for women experiencing homelessness, has received $25,000 from Healthy Blue Nebraska to further its mission to empower homeless women in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency.

“This funding from Healthy Blue Nebraska will further our efforts to promote the health and wellbeing of the residents,” said Monica Zinke, Fresh Start executive director. “Often our participants have not been in places or positions where they could focus on their health. While at Fresh Start, we encourage them to make this a priority, so that when they leave Fresh Start they are in better place both physically and emotionally.”

Fresh Start, located in Havelock, provides women experiencing homelessness with a safe place to stay while they work on personal goals to address the problems they face—substance abuse, domestic violence, involvement in the justice system, as well as physical and mental health challenges. Fresh Start provides women with the tools, resources, and skills development to live independently. Women come to Fresh Start for different reasons but they all have the same goal: to improve their lives.

Fresh Start has been in operation since 1991. It houses women without children in their direct care—a population its founders recognized as underserved in Lincoln. It is a valuable landing place for women facing an array of challenges, including escaping abuse, freeing themselves from addiction, or starting over again after incarceration. For more information, visit or call (402) 475-7777.