In January 2011, members of the Benson community formed the Benson Area Refugee Taskforce (BART). The members came from different corners of life, but each of their lives had been touched by refugees. Many of the original BART members were already serving refugees as teachers, sponsors, or simply friends, and decided they could accomplish more together. We became an independent 501 (c) 3 on June 6, 2018.
board of directors
Chair: Janet Gilcrist
Secretary: Lisa Kelly
Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede
director of refugee services
BART serves refugees throughout the Omaha-metro area. We are not a resettlement agency, so we are able to provide services for refugees at any time, no matter their origin or length of time in Omaha.
BART members come from all walks of life, in age, gender, ethnicity and lived experience. We welcome you to join us in making a difference in the lives of refugees in our community.
To be a member of BART we ask that you support our mission. We value in-kind donations, volunteer time and financial contributions. For more information on how you can be involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.