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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.”
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Sign-up to financially support this home-makeover here
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!
We are taking action on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 from 10am-4pm to provide this family with much-needed household, cleaning and organizational items.
Please sign-up for items you will donate on our donation sign-up page.
All items can be dropped off at:
Restoring Dignity Storage Unit
301 S. 74th Street
Omaha, NE, 68114
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**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**
- Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 (at the Restoring Dignity Storage Unit)
- Pre-Shift: 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Restoring Dignity Storage Unit: This shift involves getting donations ready for the project date.
- 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-12pm: This shift is for people who want to help with cleaning, organizing clothes, steaming and fixing items.
- Shift two: 12pm-2pm: This shift is for people who want to help with cleaning, organizing clothes, steaming and building items.
- Shift three: 2pm-4pm: This 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-4pm: This shift is for someone who is looking for a full-immersion with Restoring Dignity and/or wants to be a project leader.
- Handyperson shifts: This 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 page. Both 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.
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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