If you were a baby boomer and grew up in the twentieth century, you experienced an era of structures that have disappeared as a practice in the twentieth first century. Looking at the maturation of the people of the twentieth century from infant to adult there were identifiable differences to compare too in todays world. The ability to express values and morales was considered and accepted by our communities. It has been lost in the political correct minutiae of what should not be done from what was right. By observing and serving youth and adults who have experienced homelessness, addiction, alcoholism, absentee parents, incarcerated people and dysfunctional families they have many similar experiences. This leads us to have a better understanding of how we got to where we are at today. The most intelligent people on how to approach drugs, alcohol, prisons, homelessness, which has bread more crime in our communities have made us all believe we can solve the deplorable conditions with passing more laws, building welfare systems that only through more money at the problem with instituting punitive measures that creates stigma of lower expectations of those who end up in these never ending journeys.
The Omaha, Nebraska community has accepted a new formula for success with an organization that comes before you to serve people who have the stereotypes society has given them as people who are a part of a community that are resting in a life of failures. When looking at their lives you find a path that runs in a circle. "Mentors of Bethany in America", accepted the opportunity to change lives with servant leadership. Answers to thwart these cyclical habits and lives was to surround people with people who care and could build better life experiences. They were just looking for those who could provide lives with leadership. These people were given hope in their lives by giving them the confidence to reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously, and to invest in their lives eternally.
Mentors of Bethany in America consists of men and women who are faithfully committed and dedicated to break the cycle of segregation, prejudice, broken families, poverty, and the variables that produce statistics of what leads to a heart breaking future for many people who think they are locked into a cycle for life.
Let me tell you about a story of love, hope, dedication and commitment. Five years ago six men had an idea of improving life for people who had met with discouragement by being homeless, incarcerated, expelled from their neighborhood schools, children who had experienced an absentee father, alcoholism, addiction and abuse. Society has been approaching this phenomenon for as long as I can remember. Our direction to resolve these issues in the past has only created a well known cyclical occurrence of recidivism by not breaking this cycle of life stigmas attached to people in the circle. This situation is compelling enough for communities to logically develop a new roadmap to success. The conditions clearly add variables to the afflicted that are similar and outcomes from these variables are predictable. It is long overdue that the methodology of implementation for those individuals caught up in the cyclical inclusion of a dysfunctional life. From this obvious evidence of unsuccessful outcomes the brain trust of the small group sat out to find a way to break the cycle and establish a foundation which leads to a better life for these afflicted people.At the grassroots start in 2015, it was the intentional goal to follow a meaningful mission attached to a nonprofit organization. To incorporate a nonprofit required hours of work with people devoted to legal compliance, services by servant leaders, reasonable budget for start/up, create a board of directors, recruit volunteer mentors, programs with identifiable curriculum as related to qualified participants being served, creating partnership with other organizations providing care for our potential participants in our programs and establishing an efficient financial, compliant , service business organization. From these days came patience and commitment by Mentors of Bethany In America the birth of services at the local jail, open door mission and a street school. These beginnings for our board of directors and volunteers had no real conceptualization of how needed an organization like this would be complimentary to other services to attack past recidivism into actual life preserving skills for family, community, faith and health. Changing a negative path of life doesn’t have to be a punitive experience. This story didn’t end upon the current services. Mentors of Bethany In America has continued to expand into new spaces of need. By May of 2021, Mentors of Bethany In America has expanded into six sites and have others to consider. Their outreach has been recognized by local communities, county organizations and state support.