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Restoring Dignity Home Makeover #37

Saturday, April 4th, 2020 (Postponed until further notice)

“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”
― Jodi Picoult

Sign-up to donate items here. (If you would like to sign-up to donate items, you can still do so, however, we will not be able to accept any items at this time. We are unsure at this time when this project will be rescheduled). 

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Sign-up to financially support this home-makeover here

Their Story

Sixty or so years ago, a beautiful Karen baby girl was born in a bamboo house in a jungle-mountain region of Burma. Her life as a child was fairly uncomplicated, and she learned how to take care of her village by growing rice with her parents, and raising pigs and chickens for food. In her early 20s, she married a young man, and they began a new life together. They were in the process of raising their two babies when life drastically changed. The civil war in Burma reached their village and they were driven out of their home by the Burmese army. For several years, they went back and forth from Thailand to Burma. When the war would rage, they would flee their village to a Thai refugee camp. When the war would calm down, they would return to Burma. During the fifth time of returning to their home, the father was captured by the Burmese army and was shot to death. His wife and two children fled to a refugee camp in Thailand, where she quickly gave birth to their third child: a little girl. Several years passed in the camps, when the young women decided to remarry. She and her new husband had one child, a baby boy, before tragedy struck her life again. One day when her husband was farming in the fields, he suddenly became paralyzed to the point of not being able to breathe. His co-workers carried his lifeless body back to her. 

Over two decades passed by in a refugee camp. The young woman raised her four children by herself and eventually became a grandma. In April 2016, she received an opportunity for a new chance at life: she was accepted to come to the United States as a refugee. Packing the few clothes she owned, she boarded a plane alone, and found herself in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2017, her adult children and grandchildren were able to leave their camp and come to Omaha. After decades of trying to make the best of out of living in a refugee camp, this strong grandma, her children and grandchildren finally had a glimmer of hope to craft their lives into something that they wanted. Moving into a two-bedroom apartment with her youngest daughter’s family, allowed for grandma to be close to her two youngest grandchildren: a spunky three year old girl and a snuggly one year old baby. Life was pretty good, until one night changed everything. 

On Halloween night, 2019, a person suffering from what the family said were mental health issues, came to the family’s apartment and brutally stabbed the grandma and the one year old baby girl. Her youngest daughter came home and tried to open the door, but it was locked by the sliding latch. Emergency responders had to break down the door and found the grandma and baby in critical condition. Both were taken to the hospital and it took weeks before grandma was able to come back home. Since the attack, things have not been the same. Grandma has had a difficult time moving around, due to her wounds, and has had to get a commode in her bedroom because the bathroom is too far away. The baby is doing much better, but still complains of pain around her scars. 

Restoring Dignity heard about this family and their situation and offered to provide a home-makeover, to help bring much-need home items and hope to this family, as they recover from this traumatic event. Many of the items they own were given to them in already well worn condition, and have outlived their useful life. The mattresses are sagging and hurt to sleep on, and the grandma’s boxspring is broken in multiple places. All members of the family are very excited for a home-makeover! They especially expressed interest in learning how to optimize the organization of their apartment, as there is not much space for five people. 

We are beyond thrilled to work side-by-side with this family, to transform their apartment into a comfortable and inviting home! Join us on Saturday, April 4th, 2020! 

The Home

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The Solution

We are taking action on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 from 10am-4pm 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, March 17th, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday, March 28th, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

*If you have large items that you are not able to drop-off, we have an amazing volunteer named Drew who does furniture pick-ups when he is off of work. Please email Drew to see when he is available:  

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

**All items need to be dropped off by Tuesday, March 31st, 2020**

Volunteers Needed

Please sign-up to volunteer via our sign-up page.

  • Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 (at the Restoring Dignity Storage Unit)
  • Saturday, April 4th, 2020 (at the family’s home)
    • Transportation: 8am-10am: This shift involves loading items onto trucks at the storage unit, and unloading them at the family’s home. We will provide a U-Haul truck. 
    • Shift one: 10am-12pmThis shift is for people who want to help with cleaning, organizing clothes, steaming and fixing items.
    • Shift two: 12pm-2pmThis shift is for people who want to help with cleaning, organizing clothes, steaming and building items.
    • Shift three: 2pm-4pmThis shift is for those who can help move furniture into the apartment, build and decorate.
    • Half Day: 10am-2pm: This shift is for someone who would like to have a Restoring Dignity immersion and/or be a project leader.
    • Half Day: 12pm-4pm: This shift is for someone who would like to have a Restoring Dignity immersion and/or be a project leader.
    • Full Day: 10am-4pmThis shift is for someone who is looking for a full-immersion with Restoring Dignity and/or wants to be a project leader.
    • Handyperson shiftsThis shift is for a person who is skilled with tools, can help fix broken items in the home, can assemble beds and other furniture, and can hang pictures.

Sign up for shifts can be found at the Restoring Dignity Volunteer Sign-Up Page.

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. 

  • Volunteer:

For this project, we need a minimum of 40 volunteers spaced out over the course of six hours. Our volunteers will clean, organize, decorate, hang pictures, lay down rugs, and build beds. The more volunteers, the faster we can accomplish our goal. We would love to have you join our team! Please visit our Restoring Dignity Sign-Up Page to add yourself to one of our two-hour shifts.

  • 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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Contact us:

(c) 402-305-8139

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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