Omaha Home for Boys continues 97-year mission

Posted at 8:43 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 01:00:04-04

The Omaha Home for Boys sits on a 60 acre campus at 52nd and Ames. 

For 97 years, the Omaha Home for Boys has helped at-risk youth. They serve people ages 14-24. 

How Jacob Sanders wound up at the home is not uncommon, but why he's there now is something to be celebrated. 

"I want them to know their identity know who they are, know who they were created to be and find their path in life," said Sanders. 

Sanders and his wife live on campus and are essentially house parents living with eight teenage boys. 

The home serves more than 300 at-risk youth, many of them live on campus in cottages, while they are earning credit for school.

Sanders admits he struggled after he left the Home, and while he was there. 

However, years later he turned to the tools and the faith he was introduced to at the Home and started to believe in himself. He later realized the difference he could make by helping others.    

"Just seeing that first group graduate successfully and still have those connections, that's what makes it worth it," said Sanders. "When they come back and say, we're still doing good."

The Omaha Home for Boys Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration will be Friday at the Embassy Suites La Vista. You can learn more about the Omaha Home for Boys and its gala by clicking here

3 News Now is a proud sponsor, and our own Jennifer Griswold will be the emcee.

The keynote speaker is rapper and Law and Order star, Ice-T.