Omaha began facing problems of gangs in the late 1980s. That's when Bishop Robert Tyler started working with John Foster and Eddie Staton. They were all determined to be a force behind change.
"We grabbed the attention of the White House," Tyler said. "[Bush] spoke about the magnificent and wonderful thing happening in Omaha because you have the beginning of a volunteer army of MAD DADS who had enough."
The 1000 Points of Light program has rewarded thousands for volunteerism. The President's recognition paved the way for other programs in Omaha, including YOUTURN.
"It crossed political, party, race and a lot of lines for [President Bush] to come and recognize a group of men in the inner city in the late 80s and early 90s," Pastor James Hunter said. "MAD DADS paved the way."
Hunter says there is still work to be done to stand up to violence in the community, but President H.W. Bush leaves a lasting impact through the Point of Light Awards.
"We grieve in his passing like everyone else, but he will always be in our minds and our hearts." Hunter said.
The President's memorial service will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.