Recently, Open Door Mission has worked to develop and carry out a definitive, phased plan to provide more space for homeless men, women, and children. A plan to meet their basic human needs and engage them in programs structured around education and skills necessary to rebuild their lives and prepare them for successful living. It’s called the Rebuilding Lives Campaign.
Phase III, our final phase, is the Garland Thompson Men’s Center and Rebuilding Lives Center. We have begun work on this third phase of the project, but we have a long way to go, and we need help from the Omaha community in order to complete it.
With your generosity, we can complete our campaign, create a place where homeless men can learn to thrive independently, and provide all the tools needed to help prevent – and end – the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Will you join me in building this bridge to hope?
Building a new future with you,
Candace L. Gregory
The first phase of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign addressed the ongoing needs of homeless women, children and families, the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. The Lydia House expansion project allows us to serve 62 percent more women and families than was previously possible.
Making the transition from homeless to self-sufficient is a crucial period in Open Door Mission’s programs. Few people can do it alone. The second phase in the Rebuilding Lives Campaign addresses the transition period and empowers individuals and families to succeed.
Single men account for 44 percent of the U.S. homeless population, the largest percentage of any group. In the Heartland, 56 percent of the homeless are men. Job losses, financial devastation, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction and substance abuse problems – these reasons for homelessness are as diverse as the men themselves.
The third and final phase of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign is the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, a facility to help homeless men in Omaha, and we are still working to bring this phase to completion.
We’ve completed the first two phases of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign. Now we need your help to complete the final phase: the Garland Thompson Men’s Center. There has been community collaboration for this project through the generosity of individuals, businesses, low-income housing tax credit proceeds, grants, the City of Omaha and the State of Nebraska trust funds. Open Door Mission needs an additional $633,000 from the Omaha community to complete the project.