I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Jaymes Sime, the Executive Director for MICAH House, which helps families in the Omaha metro area. The service was founded in 1986 and assists hundreds of homeless adults and children each year; 55% of which are children. There are currently 23 rooms in the shelter and Jaymes told me there are growth plans in the future.
Jaymes joined the House in 2015 after working at other non-profit organizations following his graduation at a southern university with a Public Administration major with a Non-Profit minor. He has a strong work ethic to assist our community because his family was homeless in the past. He believes in “hard work to make a difference.”
As Executive Director of the facility he wants to break tradition from what shelters have traditionally done. He teaches classes to help build up the self esteem of the adult residents in the House. His team has added a play program for the children. The shelter now offers nutritious meals, counseling resources and an on-site health clinic.
The achievements of the facility speak for themselves. For example, 30% of adults gained employment during their stay and 59% of clients were able to move from MICAH House to stable housing.
Jaymes says, “We are more than a shelter. We are a place where families turn when they have nowhere else to go. This means that we have to meet those families with dignity and respect.”
Visit MICAH House online to see more about their mission and how you can support it.