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SPOTLIGHT ON: OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS

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OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS

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address: 4343 N 52nd St. Omaha, NE 68104


THE ELECTRICITY WAS CUT OFF AGAIN. There was no food in the house. Child Protective Services was called. These are all raw, hurtful memories that still hold a place in 22-year-old Kenya’s heart today, although she wasn’t even a teenager yet when they happened.

Kenya had a tumultuous childhood. Her mother struggled with addiction and her father was not in the picture. She recalls being juggled among family members for most of her younger years, but she was eventually placed in the foster care system. She would get to reunite with her mother occasionally, each time battling for her love and affection, but her mother’s addiction always won.

Eventually, Kenya’s mother entered a drug treatment program. Through the program, Kenya ended up connecting with some positive adults, one of which said he knew of a place that may be able to help her: Omaha Home for Boys.

Kenya enrolled at OHB and got straight to work setting goals, one of which was to go to college. She attended time management and budgeting classes at OHB that helped her get on a stable, steady path. Next, she applied for and received one of OHB’s scholarships to help her pay for tuition, books and a computer. And, best of all, says Kenya, is that she had a supporter and trusted mentor in her corner cheering her on through it all.

“My favorite part about OHB is that they actually care, and it shows,” said Kenya. “They check up on me. I always get messages from the OHB crew, and I really appreciate that. It’s a connection. I feel very connected.” Kenya leaned on OHB’s Rental Assistance Program to help her achieve housing stability. She has been in her house for over a year, the longest period that she has ever lived under one roof. Kenya speaks for herself and other youth at OHB in thanking those who support the program, “Without your help, we wouldn’t be the people that we’re aspiring to be. With your help, we are becoming more than what we were in the past.”

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"My favorite part about OHB is that they actually care, and it shows. They check up on me. I always get messages from the OHB crew, and I really appreciate that… I feel very connected"

~ KENYA, YOUTH AT OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS

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