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HISTORY

In 2016, the founders of Omaha / Council Bluffs Bridges Out of Poverty, began studying theissues surrounding poverty and discovered 100,000 individuals in metro Omaha live in poverty.
“With the resources available in our community, we decided 100,000 people living in poverty in our community is completely unacceptable!”
Despite trillions of dollars of government funding we have been ineffective as a country in
reducing poverty. Our founders decided to look at the whole problem and approached the
problem from the top down, assessing what it would take for Omaha to essentially defeat
poverty.
  • We know the size of the issue-100,000 under-resourced individuals
  • We needed a proven solution – Bridges Out of Poverty and the Getting Ahead curriculum are used in 300 U.S. communities and are 75% successful in helping individuals lift themselves out of poverty.
  • We studied what others are doing to address poverty in our community and approached the issue from a collaborative perspective. We now have more than 100 Community Partner organizations and agencies working together to defeat poverty in our community.

In the next decade, our goal is to help 25,000 working age adults lift themselves out fo poverty.

WHY IS BRIDGES THE MOST EFFECTIVE POVERTY REDUCING PROGRAM?

  • It is holistic
  • It empowers the individual

IS IT WORKING?

  • 1. 93% graduation rate
  • 2. 400 graduates by end of 2019
  • 3. 400 to 600 more graduates in 2020
  • 4. The average graduate has increased net income by nearly $1,500 per month (Average decrease in debt to income ratio of 58%)
  • 5. Positive movement in all areas of 15 factor Stability Scale 

MISSION

Empowering under-resourced families to change their lives by discovering and overcoming barriers to success

VISION

To reduce by 50% the number of families living in poverty in the next decade

VALUES

Integrity — Excellence — Collaboration — Appreciate and Value Each Individual

PLEASE JOIN US TO DEFEAT POVERTY IN OUR COMMUNITY!

STAFF

Roger Howard

Volunteer CEO

Sharon Jackson

Program Director

Carl Jackson

Director of Life Skills Coaching

Kendra Cain

Program Coordinator

Walter Garcia

Community Coordinator

Julissa Rivera

Life Skills Coach

Megan Larmie

Community Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roger Howard

Volunteer CEO

Laurie Baedke

Creighton University

Deborah Dogba

Business Seals Consulting / Getting Ahead Graduate

John Langwith

Retired - TD Ameritrade

Dan Lindstrom

UBS Financial Services

Barry Major

Retired Executive

Kelly Nielsen

CHI Health

Jamalia Parker

Learning Community

Tara Slevin

Methodist Jennie Edmundson

OMAHA BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY Inc.

4343 N 52nd St., Herd Building – Omaha Home for Boys Campus

(402) 884-9665

Email: info@omabop.org