Phase III - Garland Thompson Men's Center


Single men account for 44 percent of the U.S. homeless population, the largest percentage of any group. In the Heartland, 56 percent of the homeless are men. Job losses, financial devastation, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction and substance abuse problems – these reasons for homelessness are as diverse as the men themselves.

The third and final phase of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign is the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, a facility to help homeless men in Omaha, and we are still working to bring this phase to completion.

The Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offers long-term recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

New Life Recovery Program is a Bible-based 12-step residential program committed to providing men, women and families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community

Journey to Work Program focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through personal development, money  management, job training and educational skills. GED classes are also offered.

Veterans Support – Twenty-one percent of the Heartland’s homeless men are veterans. In addition to facing the complex factors that  affect all homeless people, veterans face additional challenges, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and  insufficient support networks. The Garland Thompson Men’s Center offers programs to address these specific challenges.

This project will create 143 percent more bed space for emergency services while allowing Open Door Mission to maintain its current provision for recovery services.

The new facility will have an expanded learning center – which will include tutoring labs and a computer lab – for men in emergency services and recovery or rehabilitation programs.

In addition, the new facility will provide the following:

  • Beds for 180 single men seeking emergency services
  • Beds for 48 men in our recovery program or resident rehabilitation program
  • Beds for 32 men in the Veteran Housing First Program
  • A life skills class to help prepare homeless men to become self-sufficient
  • Private office space for case management
  • A larger classroom to accommodate more men
  • A fitness room
  • Expanded bathroom and laundry facilities
  • Chapel
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Medical clinic

With these amenities the Garland Thompson Men’s Center will provide a full array of services and programs for Omaha’s homeless men.

We Can’t Complete the Final Phase Without Your Help. Will You Join Us?