FOUNDED in 1998 by John and Rose Collamer, alongside 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 led Collamer and Carlson to provide a transitional living program to help them build a solid foundation for the mothers’ futures.

In 2001, founder John Collamer saw an opportunity to provide safe places to live for women who were homeless. 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.  By March 2003, the first of four homes were completed with families moving in to begin the program. Shortly after, the three remaining home renovations were completed. 

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 11 families, there is also a sadness at Restored Hope. Unfortunately, 10 – 15 qualified moms are turned away each 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.

TODAY, we provide sanctuary, advancement, and community to single mothers and their children in abusive environments. We provide them a safe place to live, assist them in finding work and transportation, and present them a reason to live out their new future.

Our residents come from addiction and/or abuse and often lose hope in accomplishing anything. The staff and our volunteers endeavor to surround these families with love and care, helping them believe they can have hope.

Over many years, we have learned that each mom has five essential needs when she enters the Restored Hope program: housing, food, work, transportation, and community. Each mom is given her own apartment at the Restored Hope campus for a duration of one year, with additional help to plan for future housing before she graduates. Additionally, we supply the moms with food, guide in work opportunities, help find transportation, and encourage safe friends and healthy communities.

OUR MISSION is to give sanctuary for single mothers and their children who are in abusive environments, providing advancement to introduce them back into a healthy community.

OUR VISION is 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.

Nicole Millon
Case Manager
+1 402 345 7306
Rachele Epp, LMHP
+1 402 345 7306
LaRhonda Flowers
Resident Manager
+1 402 345 7306
Stormy Dean
Rod Bauer
Vice Chair
Marty Barnhart
Board Member

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