Starting in 1896, the The Salvation Army ran the Rescue Home and Maternity Hospital in North Omaha. Originally located at 3704 N 24th Street from 1896 to 1920, the hospital supported young women and women without support from pregnancy through birth. The children born there were often placed for adoption.

Saunders Mansion, 1703 Grace Street, North Omaha, Nebraska
This is the Saunders Mansion at 1703 Grace Street after it was the Salvation Army Hospital for Unwed Mothers and when it was the German Old Folks Home.

In 1920, the Omaha Salvation Army opened the Rescue Home and Maternity Hospital in the old Governor Saunders Mansion at 2008 North 16th Street, and stayed there until 1938. Expanding the mansion repeatedly, there were eventually more than 60 rooms there. In 1921, the facility was described as “a home for girls who are incorrigible.” They got religious training and “are encouraged to start life over in a new manner.”

The Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital was located at 2404 Pratt Street, North Omaha, Nebraska
The Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital was located at 2404 Pratt Street from 1938 to 1967.

It was renamed for Catherine Booth in 1938 and moved to 2404 Pratt Street at the location of the former Evangelical Covenant Hospital. The Booth Hospital was also called the Salvation Army Home for Unwed Mothers. The facility was rebuilt in the late 1940s.

In 1967, the hospital was moved to South 40th and Dewey Streets. That building was closed in 1978, and sold to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1990. Today the Salvation Army North Corps Community Center operates a new facility at the corner of North 24th and Pratt Streets.

“Write or telephone, asking for an interview. Policies and programs are flexible to meet individual needs. All factors are discussed confidentially with the applicant and arrangements made to give the girl and her baby the specific help that their situation requires. This service is available on the basis of need, regardless of creed, color, class or circumstances. The spiritual purpose is paramount. We are concerned with the whole person – not only the physical need but the mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs as well.”

–1964 newspaper ad for the Booth Hospital

Locations

From 1896 to 1978, the Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital had four incarnations, three of them in North Omaha.

First Location: Salvation Army Home for Unwed Mothers, aka North Side Rescue Home

  • Location: 3824 N 24th Street
  • Opened: 1896
  • Closed: 1920

Second Location: Salvation Army Rescue Home and Maternity Hospital

  • 2008 North 16th Street
  • Opened: 1920
  • Closed: 1938

Third Location: Women’s Home and Hospital, aka Catherine Booth Memorial Hospital

  • Location: 2404 Pratt Street
  • Opened: 1938
  • Closed: 1966

Fourth Location: Booth Memorial Hospital

  • Location: 426 South 40th Street
  • Opened: 1966
  • Closed: 1978

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Booth Memorial Hospital, N. 24th St., North Omaha, Nebraska
This is a September 1974 article about the demolition of the Booth Memorial Hospital on N. 24th Street.

Published by Adam Fletcher Sasse

I am the editor of NorthOmahaHistory.com, the author of North Omaha History Volumes 1, 2 & 3, and the host of the North Omaha History Podcast.

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2 Comments

  1. Liked the article. Our family lived, basically across the street from the 3824 N. 24th street location. We were in an apartment building at 3711 N. 24th. I remember the people not being too friendly to the ladies and couldn’t understand why.

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