To say that 19-year-old Mahalia’s life has been full of disappointment would be quite an understatement. Let down by her parents she found herself living with a less than ideal foster care parent. At a time in her life when a solid support system and a positive mentor were critical to her development, there were
At 16 I was somebody’s mistake and at 17 somebody’s regret. At 18 I was somebody’s problem, being tossed from detention center, to group home to foster families like it was a game of hot potato. At 19 I was turned into a monster.
As a teen, Carlos’ life was anything but typical. His relationship with his father was tumultuous to say the least. Carlos was never at home, struggled with substance abuse and was surrounded by gang influences. Probation tried to intervene with drug therapy and family therapy, but Carlos rejected their help. At a time when going
Markus should have been thinking about school activities, socializing, the upcoming holidays and Snapchat. Instead, his thoughts were consumed with wondering where he was going to sleep that night and how he would survive the streets…until Omaha Home for Boys changed his fate.
In Mizetta’s words, she “had it all.” She was living in Texas with her aunt, working and taking general studies courses at a local college. She loved her friends, her school and her easy life. But then a devastating family tragedy occurred and she felt she needed to be closer to her immediate family. She moved north to Nebraska where she soon found that more than just 800 miles separated her from her old carefree life.
Angel knew his past did not paint a very good picture for anyone looking to take a chance on him. His file was filled with a history of substance abuse issues, run-ins with the law, and burglary and weapons charges. The victim of an unstable childhood, he was dealing and using drugs when he was
Omaha Home for Boys provided consistent care and resources for every phase of Isidro’s teenage and young adult life, helping him find his way to higher education and an optimistic future. If the shy grin on the young man’s face pictured at right looks familiar, you’re not mistaken. Isidro was first introduced to readers in
As a teenager, Joy faced many obstacles. She had little support and was working two jobs to make ends meet on her own. After she graduated from high school, Joy was living with her boyfriend’s parents with no solid plan for her future. She was struggling to find her own path and wanted to dictate something new for herself. That’s when she was introduced to Jacobs’ Place, the Omaha Home for Boys’ Transitional Living program.
Think back to the time in your life when you were first striking out on your own. Navigating the complexities of college applications, financial aid, transportation, budgeting, college visits, job interviews, housing and just life in general as a teen or young adult is a daunting task. This transition to independence is even more complicated