Larger Building Means More Help From "Together Omaha"

On Giving Tuesday, a donor supported charity is starting a new chapter.

"Together Omaha" opened it's new building Tuesday.

They say a larger building means they can help more people.

Without the help of "Together Omaha," Rona Russo wouldn't have much to eat.

“Yeah, because my stamps is not a lot. Yeah, come the middle of the month, I'd be with no food," she says.

After years of more and more people like Russo needing help, "Together Omaha" had to move.

Tuesday, they opened a up a new location at 24th & Leavenworth.

For starters, it features a large and cozy lobby.

“The word that has always just popped into my mind is just dignity," says Mike Hornacek, Executive Director of "Together Omaha."

The new facility features a different food pantry concept.

At the old location, someone would hand you a pre-loaded box, but now at this new grocery store-like atmosphere, you get to make your own choices.

A larger space for case workers means more people can come in for help with rent and utility assistance.

“So we're able to almost triple our space and capacity to be able to help people," says Hornacek.

There's also more room for storing other items like replacement furniture for future disaster victims.

Something so simple like the shopping aspect means a lot to Russo.

“I love it because it's bigger. As a matter of fact, they even have room for the kids to play now," she says.

"Together Omaha" says it has a 98% success rate of keeping clients in their homes after sitting them down with a case worker.

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