DAYTON, Ohio — During her twice-weekly visits to the Hope Center for Families, Sha’Kiesha Thompson feels like family. Roe Wallace greets her with a smile and the two get to work, celebrating her latest successes and setting the stage to accomplish even more before they meet again.
What do you want to know
- The Omega CDC was started in 1997 to serve Northwest Dayton.
- The non-profit organization provides comprehensive services such as food, housing, childcare, and educational opportunities.
- The Hope Center brings many of these services together under one roof.
- Many client families go through family coaching to set and achieve goals.
Many client families go through family coaching to set and achieve goals.
Thompson has been receiving family coaching through the Omega Community Development Corporation for several months, one of dozens of families the nonprofit has been able to provide comprehensive services to since the Hope Center opened l last year, and one of thousands served in the 25 years of service.
Omega CDC was started in 1997 with a vision to improve the quality of life for families in Northwest Dayton.
In the years that followed, he offered comprehensive services to improve access to food, housing, educational opportunities, childcare, or whatever families in the surrounding community might need. .
The Hope Center brings many of these resources together under one roof, through collaboration with partners such as Sinclair Community College, Dayton Children’s and Mini University.
“It’s more than me,” Wallace said. “It’s our admissions coordinator, our Scholars of Hope program. It’s truly a community where we’re able to wrap ourselves around our families and it’s like whatever you need, we can help. trying to figure it out.
For Thompson, the journey is focused on strengthening her family relationship and securing safe and affordable housing as a first-time home buyer.
“Roe is my cheerleader,” Thompson said. “She encourages me, inspires me. As if there were no obstacles, there were no roadblocks that Roe wouldn’t help me get around or overcome.
Thompson came to the Hope Center after hearing about the services through a social worker at her daughter’s school. A single mother of three, Thompson wanted to ensure her children had the best possible chance of success and a safe, stable home for her family.
“I would like to get an education, have multiple sources of income, build a foundation for my children, break generational curses while creating generational wealth,” Thompson said.
The property manager of the house she was renting approached Thompson with the opportunity to buy, but Thompson wanted to work with Wallace and the Hope Center to ensure she had the necessary knowledge, financial security and influence. to run the business.
“The house needed some serious renovations,” Thompson said. “If they weren’t finished, I wasn’t going to buy.”
The Hope Center helped Thompson take a first homeownership course, apply for down payment assistance and gave him the resources to defend himself. The renovations are complete and now Thompson is one inspection away from becoming a homeowner.
“That’s always been a goal, and it’s really exciting to see that,” Thompson said. “All my hard work is paying off.”
Wallace gives full credit to Thompson. She said her work simply served as a sounding board. She asks Thompson to set goals, points her in the right direction, and challenges her to take the necessary steps to improve her life.
“We all want to empower our community,” Wallace said.
Wallace also worked to help Thompson take advantage of other Hope Center services, such as counseling, to ensure his mental health improved while he continued to achieve his goals and grow his network.
Thompson’s next goal is to go to school to study cooking. She has already applied for financial aid through the help of Wallace and is working with Sinclair College to find and apply for scholarships.
When Omega CDC celebrates its 25th anniversary on Monday night, the nonprofit plans to highlight stories like Thompson’s as a sign of community resilience and a drive to succeed. The gala is tonight from 6-9 p.m. All tickets are all booked at this time. For more information on Omega, click on here.