Who We Are
What do you say to a family that has just lost a loved one to a senseless homicide?
We know, because we are the parents, relatives, friends and neighbors who have felt the devastation first-hand. We are the concerned citizens who want to tend our wounded and end the war on our streets and in our homes. Our volunteer base is primarily composed of survivors of homicide victims. There is representation among us from people of all backgrounds – violence has no racial preference.
Professional Resources and Referrals
We have developed a network of professionals in the therapeutic and legal community who provide help to individuals and families on a sliding fee scale or pro-bono depending on the circumstances. Referrals are made to appropriate agencies as needed on an individual basis
How P.U.L.S.E. Helps
Whatever the need, P.U.L.S.E. coordinates care and services by working on behalf of victims to help resolve issues that would otherwise prevent someone from receiving the assistance they need.
Our work helps put an end to the destructive cycle of retaliation and helps to soften the sharp edges of grieving pain. During bereavement, families need to share their grief and know that someone cares.
What We Do
P.U.L.S.E. personally responds to trauma. Often, when someone is murdered in the community, P.U.L.S.E. volunteers will, when able, deliver an introductory
“We Care Package” to the victim’s survivors. This package consists of basic toiletries, paper goods, and critical information on the process of grieving and the legal considerations involved with a homicide. Dinners are included, donated by a local restaurant. This initial home visit is a critical step in raising awareness about P.U.L.S.E.
Victims want to talk to someone who genuinely knows what they are going through, has been through a similar experience, and has survived. From experience, we know that the need for the unique type of support that P.U.L.S.E. offers can go on for weeks, months, or even years, particularly when a homicide case remains unsolved.
Often grieving families are thrown into a complicated and emotional courtroom process. P.U.L.S.E. provides educational materials, transportation and assistance as needed. At the family’s request, P.U.L.S.E. supporters will attend courtroom hearings, act as liaisons to the media and notify families of upcoming parole hearings, as well as provide escort and support during these hearings.
P.U.L.S.E. volunteers will contact relatives, house-sit and help with burial arrangements in times of crisis. Volunteers also assist victims by working through issues involving landlord, employer and creditor problems.
Many parents who have suffered the loss of a child know the pain of losing a loved one. Many do not believe in the death penalty and feel that taking the life of another does not fill a void, neither does it bring closure. It has been proven that the death penalty is not a deterrent and fosters disparities in executions and more. If you are interested in hearing and learning more about abolishing the death penalty, please contact:
Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation (MVFR)
2100 M. St. NW, Suite 170-296
Washington, DC 20037
How You can Help
There is no doubt that Omaha and communities across the nation are in a fierce battle to reduce violence in their streets and homes. The most successful efforts are maintained through the constant participation and loving kindness of every member of the community.
Help us reach our goals so families can heal and children can grow up without fear and the very real threat of violence.
P.O. Box 11506
Omaha, NE 68111
402-898-6053 or 402-706-1861
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