Prisoner Reentry – Family and Friends of Inmates

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Nebraska state prisons are 53% over capacity.  Proposed legislation to lessen this overcrowding would result in more former convicts reentering the community.  While many groups are working to address the impact and needs of ex-inmates, there is no nexus for reentry information and services.  Uniform awareness of and access to services and increased communication between service providers would allow these groups to strengthen their services.  Stronger services would lead to more positive reentry outcomes.  The Omaha community would grow stronger by reducing unemployment and recidivism and fortifying families. More

Where’s the Gap?: Unemployment and Education

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Omaha’s unemployment rate is highest east of 72nd Street (American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate). Eight zip code areas are above the national unemployment rate of 6.7%. Many of these areas are two or even three times higher than Omaha’s unemployment rate of 4.0%. In Pilot Project Two we were able to identify education as one issue that may prevent the unemployed from obtaining employment. Pilot Project Three will focus on the role education has in employment as we work towards providing a better economy for all Omahans. More

Building Community, Building Citizenship, Part 2

Citizenship 1Deirdre Routt and Anna Wilcoxon created a citizenship resources list during their research on Pilot Project 2. Their list includes citizenship classes, ESL (English as Second Language) classes, legal assistance/workshops, and citizenship tutoring in the Omaha area. Each entry includes – More

Improving Online Access

Online Access 2Purpose Statement

Important government, business, and community services are increasingly available exclusively or, most conveniently, online.  These services are easy to access for people who possess the necessary equipment and technology skills.  However, the people who need these services the most are often the ones least equipped to access them.  By creating conditions that make it easier for people to access online services we can ensure that people will be able to access the services they need. More

Senior Connections

Seniors 2The Senior Connections meeting was held at the Abrahams Branch Library on Tuesday April 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting’s purpose was “Seniors in the Omaha community do not always receive the services they need.  Many are not aware of programs designed for them which affect their quality of life.  In this project we will bring senior service providers together to define the problem which keeps seniors from being aware of and utilizing all available services.”  The goal was to “Convene a meeting of senior service providers to identify and uncover problems which impede appropriate services.” More

Voter Education in Douglas County

Voter EducationPurpose

Douglas County is growing fast.  City, county, and district lines are constantly changing.  This can lead to voter confusion within the community that leads to lower voter turnout.  If Douglas County residents are educated on issues such as who can vote in which elections; who their representatives are; when elections take place; where to vote; how to register; and how to find information about candidates, barriers to voting can be reduced and lead to greater community involvement and increased voter turnout. More

Prisoner Reentry – Cooperative Homecoming

Prisoner Reentry 1Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh, Megan Klein-Hewett, and I conducted a facilitated discussion on prisoner reentry at the Benson Branch Library on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  Our project proposal describes the meeting’s purpose and goal:

Nebraska state prisons are 53% over capacity.  Proposed legislation to lessen this overcrowding would result in more former convicts reentering the community.  While many groups are working to address the impact and needs of ex-inmates, there is no nexus for reentry information and services.  Uniform access to services and increased communication between service providers will lessen the duplication of services and allow service providers to strengthen their services, leading to more positive reentry outcomes.  This will strengthen the Omaha community by reducing unemployment and recidivism and strengthening families.

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