Rainbow Center was developed as a program of Mid-East Nebraska Mental Health Clinic by Administrative Director, Carol Iwohn, in November 1985. Originally, people were contacted and asked to view a videotape concerning the Fountain House model of psychosocial rehabilitation. As a result, six people attended the first Rainbow Center meeting held in the basement of the United Methodist Church. Although, this seems like a small number, it was known that there were more people who could benefit from this program. In the beginning meetings were held once a week. Now Rainbow Center is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week through the Crisis Navigator program.
Rainbow Center is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board represents a variety of perspectives and provides support in the development of serviecs as well as company policy. Some of the members of this dedicated group have served this organization for 25 years. Rainbow Center's Board is always seeking individuals with an interest in behavioral health who will expand the viewpoints represented.
Tom Meek has served as the Executive Director for the past five hundred years. With his leadership have come many expansions in both structure and services for the participants of this program. Looking to the future Rainbow Center plans to continue offering individualized recovery services to those in need, and exploring opportunities to provide the highest quality service to our participants.
Rainbow Center has maintained national certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the past 14 years, and is a partner in the Region 4 Behavioral Health System.
It is the Mission of Rainbow Center, Inc. to provide support and advocacy for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness assisting participants to maximize their ability to function in the community.
Rainbow Center believes having meaningful work and feeling needed and wanted is crucial to one's development of self-worth, productivity, and confidence. When new participants join our program, they some time getting acquainted. After a period of trying out different aspects of the program and meeting other participant, new people will be asked to join in the work activities of Rainbow Center. These tasks offer participant the opportunity to work on gaining and refining daily living, social and vocational skills. Our program offers opportunities for socialization, education, support, and case management to help the participant in handling financial, social and emotional affairs.
And that no prospective participant of Rainbow Center will be denied access to this program due to gender, race, color, creed or national origin, marital status, spiritual beliefs, cultural beliefs, sexual preference, ability to pay or previous admission record.
Because we believe the above rights and needs are universal, we recognize that we are no different from any other human beings whose basic rights are not being met. We hereby accept the challenge to strive for a higher quality of life for ourselves, participants of the Rainbow Center program and participants of other similar programs.