Did you know that one of the most significant and common obstacles that the young adults served by Omaha Home for Boys face is access to reliable, affordable transportation? Help us put wheels in motion during Omaha Gives to raise $25,000 for transportation needs and expenses, such as fuel gift cards, driver's education, bus passes, bicycles and helmets, and vehicle licensing fees. Your gift today grants independence for tomorrow for young adults in our community!
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The mission of Omaha Home for Boys is to support and strengthen youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent, productive lives. The Home's mission is carried out through programs that focus on housing, education, basic life skills, employment, mental and behavioral health, and our area of focus for this year's Omaha Gives campaign, transportation.
The young men and women who seek the guidance of Omaha Home for Boys come from a myriad of troubled backgrounds, yet one common thread stitches their lives together: the desire to become confident, self-sufficient adults. One way in which the Home helps these young adults achieve independence is through transportation assistance. The Home provides short-term transportation solutions, such as gift cards for fuel, bicycles and bus passes, while also helping youth work towards gaining more stable, long-term transportation. Youth have the opportunity to take courses focusing on budgeting and are connected with driver's education courses. We even offer a class where youth learn to navigate public transportation.
Your support of Omaha Home for Boys during Omaha Gives will help with a number of transportation needs and expenses:
Learner's permit fee - $10.50
10-ride bus pass - $12.50
Driver's license fee/renewal - $26.50
Gas station gift cards - $36
Bike lock and bike helmet - $37
Uber gift card for one week of transportation - $50
30-day bus pass - $55
Fuel for one of the Home's 15-passenger vans - $84
Bicycle for a youth as he/she saves for a car - $189
Driver's Education Course - $325
Annual registration fees of the Home's six Ford Escapes - $423
1 month of vehicle repairs for the Home's vehicles - $1,805
1 month of auto insurance for the Home's 21 vehicles - $2,014
We would like to extend many thanks to the following amazing community partners who are supporting our Wheels in Motion campaign for Omaha Gives:
Omaha Bicycle Company
Marion Tire Pros
Duke's Aerial Equipment Inc
Tatiana was just seventeen years old when her daily commute took her across state lines from her home in Omaha to attend college in Council Bluffs, and she had to rely on her own two feet and public transportation to get there and back. Without a reliable adult to teach her how to drive, access to driver's education, or any funds to purchase a vehicle of her own, Tatiana was at the mercy of the daily bus schedule. Eventually, this burden led her to quit school.
Tired of being confined to places only accessible by bus or foot, Tatiana made obtaining her driver's license and purchasing a vehicle one of her first goals when she connected with Omaha Home for Boys. The Home played a key role in helping Tatiana become an independent driver by paying for a driver's education course, providing temporary transportation and offering budgeting courses. Omaha Home for Boys was also by Tatiana's side as she shopped for a vehicle and drove a white Chevy sedan off the lot!
Finally a car owner, Tatiana is relishing in the freedom of no longer being at the mercy of the bus schedule. Having a driver's license and a reliable vehicle has not only allowed Tatiana to get to work and appointments on time, but it has also opened doors to new experiences, like visiting a local lake that was inaccessible before she became an independent driver.
"I feel really good about myself right now," said Tatiana. "I'm in love with my car. It's so pretty to me!"
Please give today so that other teens like Tatiana can realize their dreams of becoming independent young adults through the aid of Omaha Home for Boys!