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Newman Center ready for students in the fall

The St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha has announced plans to accept student residents for the 2020-2021 school year, including measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The center, near the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, provides housing and a spiritual environment for up to 164 students.

Following the recommendations of the Douglas County Health Department and guidance from the Archdiocese of Omaha, the center is implementing measures to help ensure a healthy environment such as frequent sanitation of common areas and easy access to cleaning supplies for students.

The center’s residence hall includes apartment-style units with separate bedrooms for each student, conducive to self-isolation if desired.

“We are committed to providing safe housing for Omaha college students,” said Father Dan Andrews, pastor and director of the center. “Additionally, parish and student activities will be planned with careful consideration and in accordance with state-mandated attendance limits and social distancing recommendations as we plan to welcome students back … before the fall semester.”

Applications are being accepted from students seeking a place to live for the upcoming school year. More information, including a virtual tour and application information, can be found at jpiiomaha.org. Questions also can be directed to Lauren Hankes, resident manager, at 402-557-5575.