Dave and Shirley
Dave and Shirley came to Together for rent assistance. At the time, they were staying in a hotel, paid for by Red Cross because they lost everything in a house fire. Dave and Shirley were both unemployed. Shirley had been laid off six months prior from a job that she had held for four years. Dave was unemployed for sixteen months after being seriously injured from a ladder fall. He was having a hard time finding work and obtaining disability.
Dave and Shirley found a landlord that let them move in without having to advance a deposit or rent payment prior to moving in. After meeting with one of Together’s intake workers, they were approved for rent and deposit and received furniture and household items from our store to help get them started.
Together was able to help Dave and Shirley with our own resources, and we connected them to other programs in the community. One of these resources was a disability attorney that helped Dave get disability assistance. Together also connected Dave and Shirley with employment agencies to help them with their job search.
Both Dave and Shirley were very grateful for the time that Together’s staff listened and helped them problem-solve what seemed overwhelming to them.
Mike Hornacek, Executive Director
Jessica Jones, Program Director
Krissy Madej, Development Director
Hope Diercks, Controller
Craig Howell, Services Coordinator for the Hunger Collaborative
Andrew Klinkenborg, Volunteer and Operations Coordinator
Roxanne Miller-Jackson, SSVF Specialist
Laura Koenig, SSVF Specialist
Cheryl Dixon, SSVF Outreach Specialist
Sara Meis, Prevention Specialist
LaRita Swinnerton, Prevention Specialist
Ashley Gutierrez, Intake Specialist
Board of Directors
Board President – John Murray, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Nebraska
Immediate Past President – Michael Lechtenberger, Mutual of Omaha
Board Vice President – Wesley Woodward, Kiewit Building Group
Treasurer – Amy Bouchard, First National Bank
Secretary – Stacie Hamel, UNMC Department of Public Relations
Jerrod White, Bank of the West
Vickie S Taylor, NP Dodge
Rebecca Harding, TACK Architects
Doug Krenzer, Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy & Hammes LLC
Rev. Ryan Lewis, JCL, STL, St. Thomas More Church
John Katelman, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Idrian Proby, UPS
George Achola, Omaha Housing Authority