Restoring Dignity #33

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others. 

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Their Story

Seven years ago, a Karen family of 7 came to the United States after living in a refugee camp for over 20 years. The mom of the family was just a baby when her parents fled the violence of the Civil War in Burma, and the only life she knew was a life behind fences. When she and her husband and children were chosen to be resettled to another country, they dreamed of a new life where they could rebuild a safe and comfortable life for their family. They were first brought to Wisconsin, but that was not a good fit. So their family moved to Omaha in 2013, as they had heard a strong Karen community was developing in Nebraska. They stayed with friends for a year before moving into an apartment of their own. Life in America was not as easy as they thought it would be. The only work the dad of the family could get was meat packing in a factory at odd hours of the day. Finding another job was just an impossibility, due the language barrier. Neither the mom nor the dad had ever been given the gift of education, and learning English has been a formidable wall. From the day they were born until today, they have never had the opportunity to go to school. Back in the camps, they learned how to work whatever jobs were needed to survive. In America, they are doing the same. Currently, mom and dad are both working any hours they can get in meatpacking, but soon the mom’s sister won’t be able to watch their two toddlers, and the dad will be staying home to watch the kids. Money has always been an issue since day one, and the family has struggled to make ends meet. Purchasing household items has been a significant challenge: all of the mattresses the family currently owns were ones they found in dumpsters. They couldn’t afford to purchase new ones. Restoring Dignity was asked to meet with this family, as the person referring thought a home-makeover would greatly help this family’s situation, both tangibly and for moral support. The family is on-board and excited about the upcoming home-makeover that will transform there apartment into a home where they can thrive. Join us on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, as we aim to bring household items and hope to this family!

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The Solution We are taking action on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 from 10am-4pm, to provide this family with much-needed household, cleaning and organizational items. Come join us as we bring hope and encouragement to them!

Supplies Needed

Please sign-up for items you will donate on our donation sign-up page. If you would like to financially contribute towards this project, click here and write in the description: “Restoring Dignity #33” KITCHEN
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Decorations
  • Tupperware (new only)
  • Saran wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • SOS pads
  • Kitchen towels
  • Drawer liners
  • Trash bags (kitchen-size)
  • Kitchen table
  • Kitchen chairs
  • Microwave (medium size)
  • Rack for drying dishes
  • Rice cooker (new only)
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Couch
  • Bookshelf
  • Coffee table
  • TV Stand
  • Computer chair
  • Computer desk
  • Recliner chair
  • Decorations
  • Pictures
  • Twin mattress (for bunk bed)
  • Twin bed bug cover
  • Twin comforter
  • Twin sheets
  • Full mattress (for bunk bed…family’s current mattress was taken from the dumpster and is sunken down in the middle)
  • Full comforter
  • Full sheets
  • Full bed bug cover
  • (2) new pillows
  • Floor lamp
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod
  • Office supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc)
  • Paper organizer (to store important mail and documents)
  • Toy chest/toy organizer
  • (2) Hanging shoe racks (bedrooms)
  • (2) twin mattresses
  • (1) twin box spring
  • (1) twin bed frame
  • (3) twin bed bug covers
  • (4) new pillows
  • (2) twin comforters
  • (2) twin sheets
  • Dresser
  • Night stand
  • Table lamp
  • Lightbulbs
  • Decorations for 16 y/o boy and 13 y/o boy
  • Hangers
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower liner
  • Towels
  • Hand towels
  • Body soap
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath rug
  • Decorations/pictures
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Baby soap/shampoo
  • Feminine pads
  • Hand soap (in a pump bottle)
  • (1) twin mattress
  • (1) twin box spring
  • (1) twin frame
  • (2) twin comforters
  • (2) twin sheets
  • (4) twin bed bug covers
  • Nightstand
  • Table lamp
  • Dresser
  • Decorations/pictures (for mom and 10 y/o girl)
CLEANING SUPPLIES (to leave with family)
  • Mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Degreaser for stove
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Windex
  • Magic erasers
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Vacuum (family’s is broken)
CLEANING SUPPLIES (to use on day of project)
  • Vinegar
  • Kitchen Degreaser (non- ammonia)
  • Bleach
  • Mr. Clean (non-ammonia)
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • SOS pads
  • Oven cleaner (surface and inside of oven)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Windex
  • Magic erasers
  • Extra-large trash bags
  • Disposable gloves for volunteers (need size medium)
  • 2 year old boy: stuffed animals and toddler books
  • 3 year old boy: big lego blocks (mega blocks) and toddler books
  • 10 year old girl: 3rd/4th grade level books, journal, jewelry, barbies
  • 13 year old boy: soccer ball, books
  • 16 year old boy: books
  • Lunch for afternoon and all-day volunteers (pizza, sandwiches, etc.), served at 12pm
  • Bottled water for volunteers (30-40 bottles)
  • Mops (ours have gotten old and are falling apart over the years)
Donation Drop-Off: There are two ways to drop-off items: (1) At our storage unit, or (2) on the day of the project at the family’s home. If you plan on dropping off donations at the family’s home, please contact us for their address, and plan on having all items dropped off between 9:30am-10:00am the day of the project. Storage Unit Location: The Restoring Dignity storage facility is located behind the white building at 4383 Izard Street. The storage facility is in a fenced-in lot on the corner of 45th and Izard street.

Map of Restoring Dignity Storage UnitMap of Restoring Dignity Storage Unit

Drop-offs at the storage unit will be on the following dates and times: Drop-off times: Every Tuesday evening from 5:30pm – 7:30pm  Saturday, June 1st, 12pm-1pm Saturday, June 15th, 2pm-4pm **Please note that there will not be any pick-ups for this project. If you are bringing large items, you can drop them off at the location mentioned above, or you can bring them the day of the project.**

Volunteers Needed

Please sign-up to volunteer via our sign-up page.
  • Saturday, June 15th, 2019 Pre-Shift: 2:00pm-4:00pm, at the Restoring Dignity Storage Unit: This shift involves getting donations ready for the project date. At the Restoring Dignity Storage Unit.
  • Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
    • 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 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! Please let us know what you can donate, and we will take the items off of the list above. If someone would like to “adopt” a member of this family or a room in the apartment, by fulfilling the donations needed for that area, let us know. Otherwise, if you have any items in your house that you no longer need or use, please consider donating them to these projects. Your donations truly do make a direct impact on families in need. To donate items to this family, visit our donation sign up page.
  • Volunteer:
For this project, we need a minimum of 45 volunteers spaced out over the course of six hours. Our volunteers will clean, organize, decorate, hang pictures, lay down rugs, and build beds. and  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 donations and volunteers. Some Pictures from the April 2019 RD Home-Makeover:Follow us on Facebook: Restoring Dignity has a Facebook Group that is regularly updated. Please join our group: Restoring Dignity Omaha Facebook Group. Contact us: Hannah Wyble Restoring Dignity (c) 402-305-8139