MICAH House in the News


buddy program: play the stress away

Article and Photo: The Omaha World Herald

The Buddy Program began in the fall as a way to structure playtime for kids experiencing the stresses of living in the shelter.

For two hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while many of the parents are in classes on budgeting and job skills, children 7 and younger get to go hang out with “buddies” — volunteers trained in what Kayla Terrillion calls “trauma-informed play,” which includes everything from crafts to kid-friendly yoga poses.

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A new class at MICAH House goes above and beyond the typical finance and job help. It's teaching those in need to have a new positive outlook on life.

Executive director at MICAH House, Jaymes Sime, knows the impact of homelessness firsthand. He and his family were homeless when Sime was a child. "There's a lot of stigma. There's a lot of judgement on the homeless population, and they let that become their reality," Sime said. "I've carried that with me into this job, and I share that experience with the folks that are taking the class, and I say, 'You know, this is temporary. You know, if I can change the way you think, I can change the way you act. And if I can change the way you act, I can change your life outcome.'"

That's why Sime worked to develop a new 90-minute motivational class he calls Transformation Thursday.

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MICAH House Fundraiser Boosted by Added "Gems"

Article: the daily nonpareil

The MICAH House raised a record $94,400 at its 20th annual Champagne and Diamonds fundraiser May 6 at the Mid-America Center — and discovered a couple more gems. “We are very excited about the success,” said Jaymes Sime, executive director at the emergency family shelter.

Guests watched the Kentucky Derby together and enjoyed food and drinks. They also got to shop at silent and live auctions.

Finally, it was time to determine who would win a diamond in the traditional raffle. At stake was a diamond necklace valued at $1,500. As numerical sequences were eliminated, ticket holders sat down.

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