UPDATE: We are happy to report that our donation/fundraising campaign in support of one family of 5 displaced from the Yale Park apartments was a great success! Thanks to so many generous donors we were able to supply the family with all the housewares, furniture, and clothing items they needed. Additionally, donations to the GoFundMe campaign were so generous, that we were even able to provide the family with enough funds to cover one month’s rent in their new home.
For further updates on how you might be able to support Yale Park families and other Omaha-area refugee communities, follow the great work being done by Restoring Dignity.
On Thursday, September 20th, the Yale Park apartments on 34th and Lake were condemned, leaving 100 former refugee families (around 500 people) in temporary shelters. Due to bed bug infestation, the families were forced to leave all their possessions behind. Social service institutions are helping each family secure new housing, but most families remain without essential household items they've lost and will be starting over with nearly nothing once they're resettled.
In keeping with our mission of supporting members of our North Omaha community however we can, The Union has signed up to be a community sponsor for one family of 5 (two adults, a 10year old boy, and two daughters 12 and 14years old) through the non-profit Restoring Dignity. The Union's relationship with the residents of Yale Park reaches back to 2015 when Union Fellow Camille Hawbacker collaborated with the Refugee Empowerment Center to build a community loom for Karen refugees living in the apartment.
***Please direct any questions regarding the Yale Park refugee support effort to Union Deputy Director, Paige Reitz: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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