Restoring Dignity Home Makeover #37

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

~Sai Baba

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Their Story

Twenty five years ago, a beautiful baby girl was born in Karen State, Burma. Her parents were farmers and lived a quiet life, raising animals and vegetables for food. Before she turned one year old, however, things took a dark turn for her family. The Burmese army attacked her village, and her parents were forced to flee across the border to Thailand. There they found themselves living in a refugee camp, with no opportunity to work, and little food. She grew up only knowing her surroundings as being normal. For four years, she was able to attend school, but then the educational opportunities disappeared. She met her husband at 16 years old and they got married, hoping to raise children and embrace whatever happiness they could find. First came a baby girl who they loved and cherished, and soon after, they found out that they were pregnant again. However, one and half years into their marriage, she received devastating news: her husband had drowned in a nearby river. Picking up every ounce of strength, she pressed forward and raised their two children by herself. Years later, she married another man, and they had a baby girl. Shortly after giving birth, she received the most exciting and scary news: her family had been chosen to be resettled as refugees in America. Terrified to leave her entire family behind, but determined to give her children a better life, she agreed to leaving the camp and forging a new path, in a foreign country. She, her husband, and her three children boarded a plane and landed in St. Paul, Minnesota. After about three months of living there, they wanted to be closer to a larger Karen community, and heard about Omaha, Nebraska having more affordable housing and better jobs. They took the plunge and found themselves in a two bedroom apartment that was within walking distance to the children’s school. Things seemed to be looking up, and then more tragedy struck. Her husband was introduced to drugs and quickly fell into a violent addiction. Two months ago, he left abruptly, telling her that he will never be back. He moved back to St. Paul, to live with his family. For two months, she lived alone with her kids, with no job, no support, and no idea of who to contact. Her landlord came to find out why she was two months late on rent, and found out about her situation. Restoring Dignity was contacted, and we immediately intervened, getting multiple social service agencies involved. After meeting with her, we discussed the possibility of a home-makeover, to help her family get back on their feet. She expressed that she was very excited and would be honored to have volunteers come in and bring herself and her children what they need. 

On Saturday, November 14th, 2020, we will be partnering with Relevant Community Church to do a home-makeover, and to bring this family furniture, household items and hope. This is our first home-makeover during a pandemic, and we are taking every precaution to make sure that volunteers are safe, including: mandatory masks, face shields, gloves, limits on how many people can be in one room, and all windows will be open for the entirety of the project. Join us as we aim to help provide this family with what they need to get onto a firm footing here in Omaha. 

The Home

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The Solution

We are taking action on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 to provide this family with much-needed household, cleaning and organizational items.

Supplies Needed

Please sign-up for items you will donate on our donation sign-up page.

Donation Drop-Off: 

All items can be dropped off at: 

Restoring Dignity Storage Unit

Lockbox Storage

301 S. 74th Street

Omaha, NE, 68114

Drop-Off Times:

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

Or they can be dropped off at:

Relevant Community Church

21220 Elkhorn Dr,

Elkhorn, NE 68022

Drop-Off Times:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm

**If you have a large donation and need to drop off items at a different time, please email:

**All items need to be dropped off by Tuesday, November 10th, 2020**

Volunteers Needed

Relevant Community Church is providing all volunteers for this home-makeover. 

How to Get Involved:

  • Donate items:

We could not do these projects without our donors! They are the heart of these projects! All of the items the family has requested can found on our donation sign up pageBoth new and gently used items are acceptable. Please view our page, “Give This, Not That,” to get an idea of what we consider to be acceptable used items. 

  • Donate financially:

As Restoring Dignity has grown so have our basic operating expenses. We now have our own storage facility where we accept, sort and store all of our donations. We pay monthly rent and utilities and are dependent on the financial contributions that we receive. If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please click here.

  • Spread the word:

Tell your friends and family about this project! They might have an extra lamp or a dresser that is no longer in use. Re-post this blog on your Facebook page, or email it to people you know. The more people that know about these projects, the more we receive donations and volunteer sign-ups! Pictures from the February 2020 RD Home-Makeover:

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38 thoughts on “Home Makeover Project

  1. Is there anyway people could come pick up furniture? My parents are moving and are looking to get rid of a bunch of items. However, none of us have an SUV or truck that would fit the items.

  2. Benson Area Refugee Task FOrce is having their free Clothes CLoset at St Paul Methodist church Aug 24th 9-11 am. Come in the northeast door by their north parking lot and the family can get the clothes, shoes and school supplies they need. 5410 Corby St (south of NW Radial Hwy. )

    1. This family had been in the refugee camp for 23 years! The mom fell and broke both wrists in Dec. 2009 and 1 month later her husband died of a stroke. I will try to get some teachers to help with this. Next BART Clothes Closet is Sat, Nov. 2, 9:00-10:30 am at St. Paul Methodist Church, 5410 Corby/ enter northeast door.

    1. I will take those items off of the list! Thank you! I will see you from noon-2pm. Can you sign up on the sign up page, so I can include you in the group email?

      1. I have a 26″ tv that they could have. Its a heavy one prob about 10 years old but it works great!

      2. Hi Isaiah, is it a tube TV? If so, we had to stop accepting tube TVs because they were so difficult to transport, due to their weight.

  3. Hi, Hannah! It was great meeting you and sitting next to you at the SSCA conference! I’m getting a group of friends together for next weekend. So excited. I’ll be bringing pictures and decorations for the bedrooms.

  4. Hannah I do not see my previous reply on here about having a shower curtain and a ford ranger to help move large items. I see those items crossed out though. Is that crossed out for me or someone else?

    1. Hi Angie, I do not see your comment on here either- I’m not sure what happened. Someone is bringing a truck to move items, and another person is bringing a shower curtain. If you already have the shower curtain, we can use it for the next family.

  5. Hannah,
    We will buy a bed spread/comforter for the 3 year old, women’s underwear and girl’s underwear. We will also get 4 pillows.

  6. I have a fairly new day bed with a trundle bed. Both have twin mattresses with new sheets. I can send a picture if you think it can be used for the family. I also have a mower and weed eater in very good condition that I am not using.

  7. Can I just bring it with me on Saturday? I also have an entertainment center about 2 feet tall by 5 feet long. It good condition.

  8. Anyone able to pick up a load of big items from 108th & Military Area ? I have a day bed, trundle, entertainment center, mower, & trimmer. I can transport but would have to make numerous trips.

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