Our program takes into account the factors that keep women trapped and offers what they need to heal.
The vision for Magdalene Omaha began in 2014. We spent a year learning about Omaha’s growing sex trafficking problem and the services already being provided. In 2015, we studied the Magdalene model in great depth – including going to Nashville to learn about it up close. Then, we engaged community leaders and those already doing work on the front lines in Omaha to help determine if this model was needed here, and if it was a good fit. There was overwhelming enthusiasm to bring this model to Omaha. In 2016, we formally created Magdalene Omaha, established a board, and received our 501c3 tax-exempt, non-profit designation from the IRS.
Long-term, safe housing.
Our residents will live in a safe home for two years, rent-free. With basic needs like shelter, food, and clothing taken care of, survivors are able to focus on their journey toward healing. Living together in community develops residents' relational skills and provides them a supportive community of peers.
A plan for recovery, tailored to their needs.
Residents work with a case manager to develop an individualized recovery plan and connect to the services they need. In the first six months, women begin to heal from trauma and receive the medical, dental, mental health, and substance abuse treatment they need. As they progress through the program, they receive intensive educational programming that includes life skills, financial literacy, and vocational training.
Job training and education.
To ensure their long-term economic independence, residents are offered employment in the program's justice enterprise, a survivor-run small business, where they learn job skills, build their resume, and grow their savings. Opportunities like GED and college classes, a matched savings program, and employment internship programs with large employers and other small businesses in Omaha offer residents the chance to meet their unique long-term goals.
Above all, love.
We strive to have love, respect, and acceptance for survivors inform everything we do. Of the women who enter the founding Magdalene program, 84% graduate clean and sober—a percentage unrivaled by any treatment center. That’s because Magdalene is not an institution, but a community, committed to the belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. The program is unique in its reliance on community, and its use of peer mentors and survivor-leaders to run the program as they progress through it and after they graduate.
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