Immanuel History


Immanuel has been serving the Omaha community for more than 130 years.

During those twelve decades, we’ve grown and changed but never strayed from the mission set forth by our founders—to serve our neighbors, to fill gaps in community health and services, and to express Christ’s love in our lives and our works.

Immanuel began as a Lutheran ministry in 1887—the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Association for Works for Charity. Led by Pastor E.A. Fogelstrom and five Deaconesses, the group was dedicated to “works of mercy” and established programs that served the sick, cared for and educated orphaned children, and offered support to the elderly.

When Pastor Fogelstrom left his post as a church pastor to dedicate himself fully to this ministry, he announced, “My life will be given up to the great work of humanity, and my home will always be Omaha.”

This ministry grew and thrived, leading to the establishment of Immanuel Hospital a few years later and eventually to our family of retirement communities.

Immanuel's beginnings in service to seniors, each other and the community

Today, Pastor Fogelstrom’s words and vision are alive and thriving at Immanuel.

Guided by the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Immanuel is Nebraska’s leader in senior housing and services. We are constantly improving and innovating our senior living offerings to include a full continuum of care to serve more seniors.

Our communities and services have a rich, Christian heritage. This spiritual support and nourishment are a vital part of the Immanuel Lifestyle. Our communities offer Lutheran, Catholic and non-denominational services, as well as on-site chapels and meditation rooms. We have full-time pastors who are active and integrated members of our communities and centers. At a campus level, they lead Bible studies and community worship. On a personal level, they’re there for residents whenever they need encouragement or spiritual guidance.

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Immanuel  is a proud member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), one of the largest health and human services networks in the country. The LSA  network includes more than 300 members and touches the lives of 1 in 50 people each year in thousands of communities across the U.S. and the Caribbean. To learn more, please visit: