Substance abuse doesn’t discriminate.
Neither do we.
SOMS (Soaring Over Meth and Suicide) prevention program was established by the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition in response to the high rate of suicides and methamphetamine use among Native Americans and to find effective ways to offer Native youth opportunities, healing, education, skills, increase protective factors and decrease risk factors. Our program goals are based around empowering and strengthening our community and families.
NUIHC – “It is our mission to elevate the health status of Native Americans to the highest level possible.”
NUIHC’s service area includes Lincoln and Omaha, NE and Sioux City, Iowa. Programs and services offered are as follows; Nebraska Urban Indian Medical Center (NUIMC) in Lincoln, Intertribal behavioral health (inpatient substance abuse treatment), outpatient services, substance abuse assessments and counseling, mental health counseling, transitional living, Tired Moccasins elders program, transportation services, and the Soaring Over Meth and Suicide (SOMS) prevention/community outreach program.
SOMS is and has been funded through Indian Health Services, Women’s Fund of Omaha, and Region VI.
In order to reach the community, SOMS hold and have held several events, programs, and trainings offered free of charge. A few of those events, programs and trainings are as follows; Teen Maze, Strengthening Families Program, Protecting You/Protecting Me, The Good Life In My Moccasins, QPR suicide prevention training, Hoops 4 Life basketball tournament, Wellbriety and Sex·E Is Safe, a sex education class for males and females ages 13 to 24 years old.
Our programs are open to Native Americans and non-natives of all ages.
We at SOMS are always looking for partners to collaborate with in a number of unique areas; whether it is fellow nonprofits, local businesses, schools, or individuals. SOMS has collaborated with the OPS’ N.I.C.E program, Boys Town, Indian Center, Omaha Police Department and the Offutt Air force base to name a few.
“If you are thinking about suicide, there are people here you can talk to and who will make you feel welcome. There’s help out there.” – Gabe B., Omaha Tribe, age 32
“When Milton Creagh came to speak, it was fun because he actually connected to us and got it through our heads what he was saying. I’ve learned more stuff about doing drugs and the effects of that.” – Lauren M., Siksika First Nation, age 14
“I love the staff! Their activities are very family-oriented and allow opportunities for bonding for me and my children during this reunification period.” – Korina F., Omaha tribal member
“I would just like to thank the ladies who operate the program for giving me all the opportunities to grow and find interests that I never tapped into before.” – Karlyn, Omaha tribal member
We offer prevention services in 6 Nebraska counties:
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle Onassis
Nicole is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota whose family originates from Milk’s Camp on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Nicole has an Associate degree in Accounting from Metro Community College in Omaha, NE. She also attended college at Sinte Gleska University in Mission, SD studying Business Administration and Management.
Nicole has enjoyed working with Native American youth for many years. While living in South Dakota she volunteered her time with the Native American Advocacy Program as a chaperon accompanying youth to various powwows and cultural events. She has enjoyed working with the Omaha Public Schools Native Indigenous Centered Education program as the dance instructor and cultural advisor for the Native American dance troop Young Spirit Dancers for the past two years.
Being a mother of five boys she recognizes the importance of native children being involved in their culture as a tool to steer them away from the tragedies that alcohol and substance abuse can lead them to. Nicole’s main focus as the program director is to provide culturally appropriate programming and support to the Native community to equip them with the cultural knowledge and coping skills necessary to maintain substance abuse free lives
Program Administrative Assistant
“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
Jennifer Walter attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. While there she enjoyed studying psychology.
Jennifer has been employed with the SOMS program at Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition since May 2013. During her time with the SOMS program she has enjoyed her duties, getting to know the Native American community and has become passionate for substance abuse and suicide prevention.
More about Jennifer:
From Red Oak, Iowa
Has lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa since October 2009
Married since September 2012