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,

Jacobs’ Place, OHB Scholarships Make College Dreams a Reality

Yesterday Unsupportive parents who didn’t care about education. Multiple out-of-home placements in group homes and foster care. Being forced to work to help with family bills. No educational goals or hope of graduation. These were just a few of the obstacles facing four teens and young adults who entered Jacobs’ Place, Omaha Home for Boys

Summer Brings Balance of Work and Play to the Home

OHB Youth

The Home has been bustling with excitement this summer as the youth have been busy studying, working, and squeezing in recreation activities. Taking a break from the traditional school day, the young men in our Inspiration Hill Residential Care Program are attending summer school only in the mornings. They are determined to keep up the

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

Thinking Outside the Box

A student at the Omaha Home for Boys School used innovative thinking and initiative to turn a popular movie and book into an educational experience for his peers. Kyle, a teenager in Omaha Home for Boys Residential Care Program, recently designed a vocabulary unit around The Outsiders, a story about two weeks in the life