Tragedy ended the lives of its founders, but the Hope Center for Kids carries on.
For Interim Director Brenda Block it has been an emotional, yet encouraging couple of weeks.
“It’s just been unbelievable and shocking; not only the tragedy, but also the outpouring of support,” Block tells Nebraska Radio Network about the days after the deaths of Ty and Terri Schenzel.
The Schenzels died in a traffic wreck in South Dakota two weeks ago. A passenger in their car, Ryan Hrubes, also died in the accident on Interstate 90 near Alexandria.
Ty and Terri founded the Hope Center for Kids in Omaha in 1998. It expanded to Fremont last year.
Ty Schenzel had actually stepped down from the center, retiring in May.
Still, the deaths hit hard.
Block says the staff, even the children, at the center have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and love in wake of the deaths. Block says the Schenzels had an ability to connect with people in a loving and caring way, making everyone think they were their best friends.
She says staff has heard from people who attended the center when it began in 1998; people who state they had still kept in touch with Ty, relying on him for advice and support.
The Hope Center for Kids, according to Block, serves as a ministry to share God’s love with children, providing support for educational and vocational needs.
Block says tragedy hit hard; then came the outpouring of love.
“It definitely has been shocking, but we don’t want to stop there. We want to use it to inspire us to continue the work.”
Click here for the Facebook page set up to memorialize the couple.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]