The late Gregg and Lisa Nicklas became foster parents in December of 1980 and within a year had served seven foster children in their home. Feeling led by the Lord to care for Nebraska’s abused and neglected children, Gregg resigned from a successful marketing career. Christian Heritage opened its first children’s home for eight teenage boys in 1981. A girls’ home was opened in 1985. Since then, Christian Heritage has provided homes for thousands of Nebraska’s children.
To meet a growing need, Christian Heritage expanded services into Central Nebraska in 1998 and into Omaha in 2002.
Family Outreach and Destination…Dad® were launched in 2007 in response to research indicating that the absence of a father is a major factor contributing to the number of children in foster care. Kin-nect was launched in 2013 to help youth in foster care reconnect with relatives and other caring adults from their past.
Gregg was killed in a hit-and-run accident on May 29, 2014. Lisa joined Gregg in Heaven on June 1, 2017, following a courageous four-year battle with multiple myeloma.