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Boys Town Care Coordination Services Helps South Omaha Family Town Care Coordination Services Helps South Omaha Family<p>​Helping families get their feet on the ground is a goal of Boys Town Care Coordination Services in South Omaha. During the current immigration crisis, providing these services to new immigrant families is even more critical.</p><p>Recently, a Boys Town Care Coordination Specialist met with a mother of a family who came to the United States from Honduras this past summer. The family was referred to Boys Town by a school social worker at Central Park Elementary.</p><p>Sandra (mom) and Ariel (dad) are parents of Christopher, a first grader, and Thiago, a 7-month-old infant. The Specialist learned the family was living with the father's sister. Unfortunately, the youngest son had significant medical issues and was referred to Children's Hospital.</p><p>Boys Town always tries to connect families with providers that can help in a number of different areas. In this case, finding housing for the family was made a priority. Several additional needs were also identified, such as employment, transportation, medical insurance and school support.</p><p>The family was able to get rental help through the Nebraska Cash Assistance program to pay their deposit and two months of rent. They also were able to get help in finding clothes and household items from different organizations and individuals.</p><p>One organization, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, provided a bed for one of<br>the kids. Hearth Ministry Center and Heartland Ministry Center helped in supplying pantry and laundry services. And Omaha Public Power District helped in getting services running for the new apartment.</p><p>The Boys Town Specialist will now focus on teaching the parents how to use the Metro system for transportation, how to open a bank account, and help them recognize the value and name of each coin, along with other basic concepts of the American culture.</p><p>Boys Town continues to offer healing and hope to children and families.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em class="ms-rteFontSize-4">"When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow."</em> <br>~Father Flanagan​<br></p> <br>2022-01-14T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Helps South Omaha Family Transition Move from El Salvador Town Helps South Omaha Family Transition Move from El Salvador<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​B</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">eing there to help children and families in need has always been a Boys Town priority. That especially is the case for Boys Town Care Coordination Services in South Omaha during the current immigration crisis.</span></p><p>This past September, a family was referred to Boys Town by a bilingual paralegal from the Immigrant Legal Center/Justice for Our Neighbors Network. During the welcome interview, Maria (mom) said she and her two children Iris (daughter) and Justin (son) arrived in Omaha from El Salvador in August and since then the kids had been sick.  <br>​<br>Boys Town regularly assists families during difficult times. But a sick child makes that assistance even more critical when it comes to urgency. Often, these immigrant families do not know where to go for medical help.</p><p>The Boys Town Care Coordination Specialist problem solved with Maria and made arrangements for the children to get to a OneWorld Community Health Center right away to see a doctor. The Boys Town Specialist also scheduled a school vaccine appointment.  <br> <br>After the health issues were handled, the Specialist then took on helping enroll the daughter into school. Assistance was given in going over information forms and filling out applications with the mother. Happily, the daughter started school at Liberty Elementary School in October, and the son is on a waiting list for pre-kindergarten classes.</p><p>In the meantime, Boys Town also assisted in helping find a babysitter so the mother can go to work. The Specialist has also coordinated getting clothes, shoes and other basic items within Boys Town and other community resources.</p><p>“Working with the families has been a roller coaster of emotions, heartbreaking stories and the satisfaction of being able to assist in connecting them to so much-needed resources," said Boys Town Consultant Alejandra Pedroza.</p><p>Boys Town continues to offer healing and hope to children and families.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em class="ms-rteFontSize-4">"Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."</em><br>~ George Bernard Shaw​​<br></p> <br>​<br>2022-01-14T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
In the news: Boys Town foster parents have spent the last 23 years fostering hundreds of kids the news: Boys Town foster parents have spent the last 23 years fostering hundreds of kids<p></p><p><em>This article was written by Isabella Basco and originally posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"></a> on December 23, 2021.</p><p>OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Foster parents, Kevin and Constance Reid have spent the last 23 years fostering more than 200 boys through Boys Town Foster Family Services.</p><p>"I want to put them in situations they haven't been in. I want to put them in a stable home. I want to be maybe the father they never had. I want to be a parent to them, we want to be parents," Kevin said.</p><p>Both say it's their calling.</p><p>"Most days you love it because you can see the difference you're making in the lives of a lot of these kids," Kevin said.</p><p>The Reids have faced trials and tribulations, helping boys navigate turmoil.</p><p>"We've had six rival gang members in our house, at one time," Kevin said.</p><p>But in the place of turmoil, the Reids have created a stronghold, a place of safety and a softer place to land.</p><p>"I had to make them understand they're in my house, not in their neighborhood, but boys — regardless of how tough they seem or whatever — they're looking for a way out," Kevin said.</p><p>"Those six rival gang members, they got along very well. They would get up with me, they would cook with me, they'd clean the home with me. We'd set up within ... our home where they would have the chance to earn money by doing chores," Constance said.</p><p>Under the guidance and watchful eye of the Reids, some of their boys have become success stories.</p><p>"We had one boy that came to our home, he had some problems, he suffered from low self-esteem and everything else. He wasn't the best student in school, and so on and so forth, but today that young man is a Navy SEAL," Kevin said.</p><p>In all their years and experiences, both draw upon the Christmas season and remember why they do this.</p><p>"It's about what's in your heart, and that's what we try to teach," Kevin said.</p><p>"And that is love," Constance said.</p><p>Boys Town Foster Family Services is looking for a wide range of foster parents to help serve kids.</p><p>Individuals who are interested in the fostering process can call 531-355-3036 for more information.​<br></p><p>​</p>2022-01-04T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
"One small deed can light up the world." Boys Town celebrates the last night of Hanukkah"One small deed can light up the world." Boys Town celebrates the last night of Hanukkah<p></p><p><em>This article was originally posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> on December 6, 2022.</em></p><p>OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On the last night of Hanukkah, there was a celebration of sorts in Boys Town.</p><p>Chabad of Nebraska held their annual menorah parade Monday afternoon. There were free donuts and lahtkahs were given to anyone joining the parade.</p><p>One rabbi talked about what it means to gather and celebrate on the final night of the Jewish holiday.</p><p>"One small deed can light up the world. So, share that with the world. One fire is that one element that we can share with others and it doesn't diminish in itself and that's a very strong message that we like to share on Hanukkah, especially on the eighth night of Hanukkah like tonight the last night."</p><p>And, there was plenty of music and dancing as well.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">See the celebration here.</a> <br></p><p>​</p>2021-12-09T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Hosts Christmas in Our Village Town Hosts Christmas in Our Village<p>​<em style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​This article was written by Isabella Basco and originally posted on </em> <a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color:transparent;"> <em></em></a><em style="background-color:transparent;"> on December 6, 2021.</em></p><p>OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The holidays have arrived at Boys Town with kids celebrating the season with a drive-through event dubbed Christmas in Our Village.</p><p>Families and children got to light the tree, meet some reindeer and see Santa Claus.</p><p>Pastors Aaron and Kendal Robertson once served as Family Teachers at Boys Town, living with several students and providing care 24/7.</p><p>"We loved sharing just meals and Christmas traditions and the appearance of Santa and the real reason of the season. That being Jesus and his birth, celebrating all those things and all those traditions," Kendal said.</p><p>Aaron and Kendal acknowledge they took care of kids that weren't related to them but the word "family" took on a new meaning during times like Christmas in the Village.</p><p>"We got to come alongside them and share with them and a family as a family would and be traditional and do lots of incredible things with the kids that they wouldn't have been able to do anywhere else but here," Kendal said.</p><p>It's a feeling mutually shared by Assistant Family Teacher Aaron Cobbs, who has spent 29 Christmases at Boys Town.</p><p>"I enjoy spending Christmas with the guys, and I do consider the guys a part of my family, I spent a good amount of time with them," Cobbs said.</p><p>The story of Christmas is about the birth of a redeemer. Redemption, Aaron says, is not in short supply on this campus.</p><p>"Boys Town is the land of second chances, and third and fourth and all the chances, for kids, for adults," Aaron said. "We don't really shy away from embracing messing up and giving each other grace as long as we're trying to get better, and I think the same thing is true in our faith."<br></p>2021-12-07T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Christmas" src="/locations/north-florida/PublishingImages/bt-christmas.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
LIFT Together with Boys Town: Helping Families Succeed Together with Boys Town: Helping Families Succeed <p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​Communication is always a key when solving differences – especially in families. Thanks to Boys Town's LIFT Program, those communication barriers are being overcome.</span></p><p>In communities across America, groups and organizations are successfully tackling issues that most seriously impact their most vulnerable populations. But they are limited by their size, scope and access to resources. Boys Town wants to utilize the best programs, with the strongest results, to lift families out of despair and impact policies and procedures based on solid evidence. That's the idea behind LIFT Together with Boys Town<sup>SM </sup>– to work in concert to more effectively help children and families by focusing on prevention and partnership.</p><p>Recently, an Omaha family was referred to the program after their daughter was working with the Juvenile Assessment Center through the Diversion Program due to a shoplifting charge. The junior in high school had earned minimal credits and was not attending school regularly. It didn't appear likely she would graduate. Her mother said her daughter was hanging out with friends who were negative influences and also reported substance abuse, leaving home without permission and constant negative interactions between the two.</p><p>The Boys Town consultant immediately began working with several services and providers to aid the family. One of the main goals was the establishment of a working educational plan. Alternative schooling options were explored and the family was connected to a provider from Multiple Pathways who ultimately was able to help the daughter create a solid educational plan that included going back to her home school to earn more credits before signing up for the Accelerated Program. The consultant worked with the family in learning skills such as identifying and using resources, advocating for their needs, and maintaining communication.</p><p>To address behaviors in the home, the consultant worked with the mother on parenting skills and with the daughter on social skills, such as how to ask for permission, how to accept no, and how to communicate effectively.</p><p>The daughter also learned how to find and apply for a job and successfully obtained employment as well as her driving permit which has fostered her independence.</p><p>Success was achieved when her mother said the girl no longer leaves home without permission and has made tremendous improvement with being able to accept no.</p><p>Now, mom and daughter have restored their relationship through learning how to communicate effectively. The daughter is motivated to get a high school diploma and is attending school regularly as well as night school to catch up on credits.<br></p>2021-11-04T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
The Red Carpet Experience Red Carpet Experience<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">Thanks to the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and its new Red Carpet Experience program, Danny and Makih, two brothers affiliated with Boys Town Foster Family Services, were recently able to attend the Husker football season opener against Fordham at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.</span></p><p>The Red Carpet Experience provides complimentary tickets to underserved youth across the state of Nebraska.</p><p>The program is being coordinated by Lawrence Chatters, Nebraska's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Boys Town's Director of Foster Family Services, Matt Priest, reached out to Chatters to see if Danny and Makih would qualify for the ticket opportunity and he was soon notified that they, indeed, did.</p><p>“The Red Carpet Experience is about increasing access to more underserved youth across our state," Chatters said. “There are a number of young Husker fans who are unable to attend a football game due to their economic circumstances. We are hopeful this initiative will open up the opportunity to experience the great atmosphere of Memorial Stadium."</p><p>But Chatters said the goal is to provide something more than just a sports experience.</p><p>“This is about more than football," he said. “When we get together on game days, our stadium becomes a beacon of hope as people from all different walks of life come together to cheer for a common cause."</p><p>Makih recently graduated from Boys Town High School and is living with his brother Danny, who is his foster parent. They work together at a landscaping company and spend most of their time together. This was the first time either of them had been to a Husker game, and they were so impressed with the experience that they are still talking about it.</p><p>“They actually shot a video of the quarterback running for a touchdown," Priest said. “It was one of their favorite moments."</p><p>Priest said both young men showed their gratitude for the opportunity to attend the game.</p><p>“They were very thankful for Boys Town reaching out to the University and for them granting our request. It is an experience Makih and Danny will never forget," he said.​<br></p>2021-11-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Husker" src="/blog/PublishingImages/Husker-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent