After months of speculation, they are back. And, support for black-owned businesses is growing. It’s a beautiful thing.
The community came out in big numbers in May as hundreds of customers lined the streets from Evans, down Creighton Boulevard and Bedford and back to 30th Street to show respect and support for a North Omaha icon.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, loyal Time Out customers waited for hours to get their favorite meal. The incredible line up of cars brought out neighbors, media and customers from around the region. There’s nothing like Time Out.
Social media was blazing with videos of the cars lined up and down the street, around the corner and up Bedford close to 30th. People were going live of Facebook to chronicle the special event.
Neighbors watched through their windows and some came outside to enjoy and celebrate the reopening and the large and consistent crowd.
Many said it was like a community reunion. The environment was festive as customers waited patiently with smiles, laughter, joy and great anticipation.
The reopening of Time Out was, well, timely. It fell on the birthday of one of the world’s greatest and most influential civil rights leaders, Malcolm X, who was born in Omaha and lived just down the street on Evans.
It also comes at a time where there is a reawakening occurring regarding the importance of supporting black-owned businesses. We’ve known for years that in order for us as African Americans to become more economically self-sufficient, we must invest more of our spending in our own community and in our own businesses.
The re-opening of Time Out shows what’s possible when we support our own. Other black restaurants and businesses are reporting a measurable increase in their sales and customer traffic. Now is the time to make it happen. Supporting black businesses helps to create strong communities.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect. We have been working on the next edition of the Revive Black Business Directory. We launched the first print edition in 2017 followed by an online directory. It has been consistently updated and available online.
The 2020 update is on the reviveomaha.com website. An exciting new design of the online version is still being finalized and more businesses will be added as we go, but it currently lists over 200 black businesses in just about every category you can imagine.
Congratulations to the Time Out family! Congratulations to the African-American and North Omaha communities!
Now, let’s keep the momentum going by fully embracing and supporting black-owned businesses. Could you imagine what’s possible if we supported all black-owned businesses this way? We will control our own destiny.
To identify and support other black-owned businesses in Omaha, please check out the Revive 2020 Black Business Directory and join us on Facebook with the Revive Black Business Campaign and Buy Black/Support the Village Movement.
Ted Lampkin: Rising to Meet the Challenge
Charles Drew Health Center
Growing up down the street from Charles Drew Health Center, Inc., it was no question for Ted Lampkin to give back to the community that helped raise him.
“I’m passionate about public health because I am a product of public health services. Coming up, my family and I used the services at Charles Drew.”
As the Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services, Ted has been on the front-line teaching and training team members in new approaches to behavioral health. It’s no surprise that when COVID-19 struck, Ted was front and center.
“My role was to help transition the Behavioral Health department from doing face-to-face therapy to telehealth therapy.”
While COVID-19 began to escalate, increasing evidence highlighted racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“We made it easy for the patients, providing traditional face-to-face, telehealth, and when needed telephonic sessions. A lot of patients had anxiety about COVID-19 and being in the middle of a pandemic, in addition to their other stressers.”
“The benefit of telehealth is we can continue to provide quality service during a pandemic. You take out the barriers to care with telehealth.”
Brenda Avant: Providing Quality Healthcare in the Midst of COVID-19
Charles Drew Health Center
As a North Omaha native, Family Nurse Practitioner, Brenda Avant, understands educating her patients about their healthcare choices is a foundational principle to accessing safe and quality healthcare.
When the pandemic shut down Omaha metro schools, Brenda and the team members at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. School-based Health Centers had to switch gears. While still providing in-person care, the SBHC Medical providers began utilizing telehealth to remain in contact with their patients.
“The telehealth program at Charles Drew really grew at that time. As Medical providers, we were able to continue serving our student patients through telehealth. The parents really enjoyed it because they felt even through a pandemic their child’s provider is still in tune with their needs.”
As the pandemic surged, the healthcare inequalities within the American health system began to come to the foreground. “It made me proud to see that Charles Drew was a front runner in COVID-19. The community was looking to us to help guide them through.”
“Charles Drew made it very easy for the population we serve to continue receiving care. We may be small, but we are mighty.”
Larry Duncan: Resiliency in the Face of a Crisis
Charles Drew Health Center
Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Larry Duncan, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. has always had a passion for helping others. “My passion, at first, started off with a drug and alcohol emphasis based on my own experiences and knowledge. As I grew and received more education, mental health became the next umbrella. It rests with my understanding that there are unique issues that affect black and brown people, and people who are marginalized.”
Within the first year serving at Charles Drew, Larry faced his biggest challenge yet, leading a team while in the mists of coronavirus. “The number one thing we did quickly was become active.” As COVID-19 began to highlight the care gaps within marginalized communities, the Behavioral Health team at Charles Drew looked to bridge those gaps within the community.
“For our population it was a dual threat. On one side of the coin, the crisis becomes an additional stress to a population of people who already live with stress. On the flip side of the coin, the lack of community and social interaction increased depression, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness.”
The message was simple, but practical: Practice the Five Cs–Connection, Commitment, Communion, Contain, and Continue.
Looking back, one of the greatest strengths of Charles Drew, in Larry’s eyes, was the ability to remain active. While most were waiting, frozen in their activity, Charles Drew advanced forward.
“We got better and better at it. We were doing testing on the front line when testing was just starting. As masks began to be required, we were handing them out to the community members in need. Whatever needed to be done in the face of this virus, we did it.”