Safe Shelter for the Holidays

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Life for Kemesha can be busy and overwhelming, with a full house and a baby on the way. But she is grateful to have found safe shelter at Open Door Mission for her and her family.

Kemesha recalls growing up really fast. She remembers her family being homeless as a child, but felt her father provided for them the best he could. Life hit hard when she became a teenage mom at
age 15.

“I grew up pretty fast,” said Kemesha. Since then, Kemesha has experienced one hardship after another.
“The kids and I lived in a house with no electricity and barely any water,” she said. She even recalls walking to the nearest store to warm up food for her children.

Kemesha decided to move to Omaha when her neighborhood became too unsafe. Loved ones and friends were being shot around her. Kemesha’s brother lives in Omaha, so it seemed like the best option for getting away from the violence.

When the family first came to Open Door Mission, they had to stay in the Lydia House Overflow Area for a couple of weeks before a room opened up. It was a brand new experience, but her children felt at home right away.

“They have so many wonderful programs for the kids, from the Tutoring Lab to the Bright Space with more toys than I’ve ever seen,” said Kemesha. “Our favorite is the Book Nook, though. We’re able to read a new book together every night, and that’s such a blessing.”

Kemesha is slowly getting back on to her feet, despite complications from an illness. She started working at a call center and saved her money to purchase her own vehicle.

Through everything, Kemesha knows the Lord has been with her and her children. She has turned her eyes back to the Lord, and can see the difference in her life. “Once we were seeking the Lord faithfully, everything started falling into place,” she said.

Kemesha is a woman of great strength, and her perspective on life has change throughout this journey. “As long as we’re able to eat, take showers, and be together…I feel like we’re blessed,” she said.

And for the first time in a while, Kemesha is looking forward to the Holidays without anxiety or stress. Thanks to wonderful programs such as Adopt A Guest, she knows her children will feel loved as they open presents hand-picked for them on Christmas day.

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