Carole and David
Carole, Founder and CEO of Carole's House of Hope, has served the Omaha community for over 24 years, as a mentor and role model for young women. In 1992 Carole began her journey in Human Services when she became an advocate at EPS (then Emergency Pregnancy Services). She served for a 7-year period as an instructor for the Kid Ability program at Girls Inc. and later for YWCA as a Legal Advocate for victims of Domestic Violence. She has taught classes focused on life skill development, teen assertiveness, positive youth engagement and bullying. Her passion to help others led her to become a foster parent and family advocate for youth experiencing homelessness. Carole also worked as a Property Manager and Regional Supervisor for 14 years assisting low income families.
David, Founder and Director of Properties at Carole's House of Hope, in 1992 was beginning his career as a High School Vocational Counselor after 20 years in the Banking Industry. In 1999 he became a Juvenile Detention Specialist at the Douglas County Youth Detention Center, where he served for 15 years. Additionally, he worked as a Youth Care Worker at Uta Halee/Cooper Village. David's 22 years of experience working with at risk individuals, allowed him to understand both the needs and gaps in services for youth in the Omaha community. He viewed firsthand the number of young men unavailable to their children and young mothers.
Together, Carole and David began the Non-Profit Corporation, Carole's House of Hope in 2011, a transitional living program where women and their children could thrive. Their goal was to begin to meet the needs of homeless women and children, particularly the unique needs of young women who found themselves homeless after emancipating from foster care. In 2014, they opened the doors of CHH and began this new chapter of serving young adults and children.
David and Carole have a family of 6 adult children and 17 grandchildren. They enjoy reading, relaxing travel and visiting family.
"Hope is believing, encouraging, dreaming, caring...hope is us"
Chief Operations Officer
Ms. Bonnie joined CHH in 2017. She brings with her 15 years of property management experience and a wealth of information in property operations. She is also skilled at establishing strong interpersonal relationships.
Ms. Bonne has a large extended family of 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren who are the joy of her life. In her time off, Ms. Bonnie enjoys music and singing in the praise choir at church. In the last few years, her quilting hobby has been a new-found skill set and something she enjoys often.
"With every small step forward...comes hope."
Ms. Denise-LMHP, LADC
Director of Programs and Behavioral Services
Ms. Denise joined CHH in 2016 having worked with children, adolescents and adults in the field of mental health and substance abuse for 20 years. She loves children, but her passion is to see young men and women learn to manage their mental illness and overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol. Denise is currently dually licensed as an Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Nebraska. In addition, Denise is an Adjunct Instructor at Bellevue University.
Denise has enjoyed a 26-year marriage to LaMonte and has two beautiful and spirited children, Brandon and Elise. Denise loves God and attends Ambassadors Worship Center in Omaha where she serves faithfully as a Covenant Care Leader.
"I strive to create a trauma-informed culture for both the staff and participants by offering training and supportive services to both."
"Faith is believing even when you can't see what the future holds."
Ms. Marjie joined CHH In 2016. Having worked for over 25 years in the healthcare field in an administrative capacity, she worked with inpatient, outpatient and in the clinic setting for Psychiatric Services and in a Senior Assisted Living Facility. She has also been a Mary Kay consultant for 10 years.
Ms. Marjie likes to read, sing, sew and cook. She has a passion to help women find their beauty within and to discover and develop their true gifts and talents. She is 48 years old and enjoys spending time with her 11-year old son, grandmother, parents, three siblings and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
"My goal is to be a positive influence on all the people I touch."
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Sydney completed her Sociology B.A. at the University of Missouri- St. Louis and holds certifications from the American Montessori Society in Early Childhood Education and Parent-Infant Education. Through her experiences as a nanny, Montessori and early childhood educator she discovered her love for seeing communities thrive with healthy families. Sydney also bring her experience as a trainer and holds certifications in Youth Thrive and Families Thrive frameworks from the Center of Study of Social Policy. Her professional career has also included family support work, parent coaching, and professional development training focusing primarily on current and former foster youth and other variables that put families at-risk. Sydney is passionate about best practices among professionals and organizations in regard to partnering with and empowering families in need of support. She is currently pursuing her doula certification and spends most of her free time with her daughter, enjoying the arts or volunteering in the community.
“My desire is that my work with families will encourage and empower them with the knowledge and skills necessary to self-advocate and thrive in their communities.”
Mascot and Bodyguard
Ellie came to CHH in 2016 from the Nebraska Humane Society shelter as a rescue dog. The intention of providing a calm, playful demeanor to the home for the ladies and children quickly expanded. As it turns out, Ellie is very protective and behaves as an alert dog each time the doors open. She has quickly become part of the family!