Restored Hope provides sanctuary, advancement, and community to single mothers and their children in abusive environments, giving them a safe place to live, assist in finding the mothers work and transportation as well as giving them a reason to live out a new future.
Restored Hope residents come from addiction and/or abuse and often lose hope in accomplishing anything. The staff and volunteers endeavor to surround these families with love and care in order to help them believe that they can have hope.
Over many years Restored Hope has learned that each woman has five essential needs when she enters the Restored Hope community, which include housing, food, work, transportation, and community. Each mother is given her own apartment on the Restored Hope campus for a duration of one year with additional help in order for her to plan for future housing before she graduates. Additionally, Restored Hope aids the mothers with food, guidance in work opportunities, help find transportation, and point her to safe friends and healthy communities.
Give sanctuary for single mothers and their children who are in abusive environments, providing advancement to introduce them back into a healthy community.
To break the cycle of poverty for single mothers who are in abusive environments so their children do not repeat the cycle in their lives.
In providing sanctuary, Restored Hope addresses the immediate needs of housing, safety and rest, as many of the mothers are trying to break free from an abusive environment.
Restored Hope then encourages personal and professional advancement with a money management class, parenting and cooking courses, professional counseling, support to obtain a GED, enrollment in college courses, and to receive steady employment, all in effort to be self-sufficient.
Throughout providing sanctuary and advancement, Restored Hope introduces the mothers back into a healthy community, which includes one-on-one mentorship, bible studies, and weekly church services.
Founded in 1998 by John and Rose Collamer along side John and Judy Carlson, Restored Hope set out to provide assistance to homeless single mothers. With an overwhelming number of calls from homeless single mothers with nowhere else to turn in Omaha, God l led them to provide a transitional living program in order to help them build a solid foundation for their futures.
In 2001, founder John Collamer saw an opportunity to provide safe places for women who were homeless to live. John Collamer said it best “that is to give them love, and through that love, genuine worth and new life.” This was the beginning of Restored Hope.
In the fall of 2002, Restored Hope purchased a few small abandoned townhouses and by March 2003, the first of four were completed with the remaining three following shorty after and families moved in to begin the Restored Hope program.
During the spring of 2014 Restored Hope relocated to a 15 unit apartment building, able to house 12 families, childcare facilities, storage for donations and offices. Currently the facility has no vacancies and with the excitement of helping these 11 families, there is also a sadness as Restored Hope turns away 10 – 15 qualified single homeless mothers a month due to the lack of space and ultimately resources.
Now almost 15 years later there is a renewed focus on the vision of Restored Hope focusing on three key areas; Sanctuary, Advancement and Community.
’Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:40 (NASB)
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress…
James 1:27 (NASB)