MISSION

Empowering under-resourced families to change their lives by discovering and overcoming barriers to success

VISION

To reduce by 50% the number of Omaha area families living in poverty by the year 2026

VALUES

Integrity — Excellence — Collaboration — Appreciate and Value Each Individual

HISTORY

In late 2015, Roger Howard, a new retiree from a 40 year CPA / Healthcare Consulting career, began studying the issues surrounding poverty and discovered 100,000 individuals in metro Omaha live in poverty. Despite trillions of dollars of government funding we have been ineffective in reducing poverty. Based on his consulting career, he approached the problem from the top down, assessing what it would take for Omaha to essentially defeat poverty.

In June 2016, John Parsons, founder and former Executive Director of the Omaha Street School, had a similar and long-standing vision for helping under-resourced individuals and families realize their dreams. Mr. Parsons and Mr. Howard joined forces during the summer of 2016, intending to eradicate poverty in our city.

In 2017, Sharon Jackson, Program Director joined Omaha Bridges. Sharon is the most experienced Getting Ahead facilitator in the region and brings a wealth of experience in working with under-resourced families.

For Omaha, it is time for a comprehensive poverty solution.  Using the Bridges Out of Poverty model which is used successfully in 300 U.S. communities, we have developed a plan to help 50,000 under-resourced individuals lift themselves out of poverty by the year 2026. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roger Howard

CHAIRMAN

John Parsons

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laurie Baedke

Healthcare Consultant

Lisa Batenhorst

Boys Town

John Langwith

retired – TD Ameritrade

Jamalia Parker

Learning Community

Dan Lindstrom

UBS Financial Services

Dan Martin

Silverstone Group

Kelly Nielsen

CHI Health

OMAHA BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY Inc.

P.O. Box 540338 

Omaha, NE 68154

Email: Omahabridgespoverty@gmail.com