Mentoring with Meaning

Twice a week you’ll find Tim Shepherd faithfully making the drive from his west Omaha office where he is a civil engineer to 52nd and Ames Streets. Rain or shine Tim hits the road with one destination in sight:  tutoring young men at the Omaha Home for Boys School. Tim volunteers his time and talents

She stressed about the perfect Christmas gifts. Then this happened…

The following account was written by Brandy Gustoff, the former Program Manager of Transition Services at Omaha Home for Boys, on December 22, 2016: I stress myself out every year at Christmas time. Not because of the baking, preparing for company, decorating or the lack of time to get it all done, but because I

Jeff DeWispelare Named Omaha Home for Boys’ President & CEO

Jeff DeWispelare

Omaha Home for Boys will soon have a new leader. Jeff DeWispelare has been named President & CEO of the Home effective January 1, 2018. DeWispelare will be taking over the role of President & CEO as a result of the pending retirement of current President & CEO, Jeff Moran. Moran will act as President

Thoughts from the Archives – In the Letters

The pictures accompanying this article tell of an interesting time in the development of the Home. In the 1940s we made the move to our 52nd Street campus, built six buildings (five of them residential cottages), and conducted a multi-year capital campaign among Omaha friends for Support. With the increased popularity of direct nationwide fundraising,

Shawntal Smith Joins Omaha Home for Boys Leadership Team

We are excited to announce that Shawntal Smith has joined Omaha Home for Boys as the new Talent Development Leader. Shawntal will be responsible for guiding organizational and leadership development and implementing processes to leverage employee strengths, develop talent, and identify improvement opportunities. “I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to use my talents to strengthen

Terrance’s Turnaround

Terrance came to Omaha Home for Boys because of truancy issues and academic struggles, but talking to him today, you would never guess that he once despised attending school. “When I came here, I was behind 24 school credits because I hadn’t been attending my high school,” said Terrance. “I just didn’t care about my

Thoughts from the Archives – Settling Inspiration Hill

Seventy-six years ago in 1941, our Home needed a new campus. Sixty hilly acres at 52nd and Ames Streets were purchased and a local architect was told, “Give us your thoughts for a new campus, a new plan.” As a result of this simple conversation, an elaborate plan was drawn up that was built around

A Treasured Return Home

More than eight decades haven’t clouded the memory of William Bennett who spent his childhood at the Home and recently had the opportunity to return for a visit many years in the making. Although age is beginning to catch up with 92-year-old William Bennett, he is still able to recall vivid memories of years spent at

All in a Day’s Work

Shortly after the final bell rings signaling the end of the school day, Shammond heads to his cottage to get changed for his next assignment of the day:  farm crew. Shammond is expected to be punctual for his part-time job at the Home’s Cooper Memorial Farm which means he must catch the van leaving promptly

Charles Dominates Medical Terminology Course

Jane Erdenberger, a teacher at the Omaha Home for Boys School, recently raved about one of her students and his determination to earn a credit in the challenging and very demanding Medical Terminology class. Here’s what she had to say about Charles and his persistence: “I just want everyone to know that Charles completed his