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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Omega Project seeks support to expand program

  • The Omega Project is seeking to solidify its volunteer and financial base as the nonprofit program continues to grow.
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  • The Omega Project is seeking to solidify its volunteer and financial base as the nonprofit program continues to grow.
    To that end, the Omega Project is conducting two Partners in Recovery Meals — one from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday and the other 6 to 7 p.m. June 25 at The Upper Room at 101 N. Main St., McPherson.
    The topic for the meetings will be “Recovery in a Spiritual Model.” There will be a question-and-answer time after the presentation.
    David Case, Omega Project founder, said he hopes the lunch meetings can become monthly or quarterly so resources in the community aimed at addiction prevention and recovery can meet and discuss strategies.
    The Omega Project is a faith-based organization that helps men improve their lives. Most of he men in the project are dealing with issues of addiction.
    The project has five houses. The men live in the homes and work in the community while working toward recovery.
    Case said the program is truly seeing a full circle of recovery in the community.
    “We see guys who have graduated from the program really be effective mentors to other men,” he said.
    The project is weeks from opening its new Induction House, which will offer intense assistance for men in the first stages of their recovery. When it is completed, the Omega Project will have a capacity for 25 men. The project needs an additional $22,000 to finish the garage of the Induction House as a living space. This will allow the project to house two more men at that location.
    The newest house that is being purchased by the project is the Maple House. An estimated $25,000 is needed to remodel this house. When it is completed, the project will have a capacity of more than 30 men.
    The project has recently added a women’s group, and Case said the group is considering opening a house for women.
    Case said any program the Omega Project does for women will not compete with Mt. Hope Sanctuary, which is also a residential program. Mt. Hope accepts women and children and will not take anyone who is actively or recently involved in an addiction. Omega will not accept children, Case said.
    He said there is a constant demand for spots in the houses.
    The program, to this point, has been supported completely through donations.
    The program’s budget this year is $150,000. Last year, the program had 100 donors.
    The program is looking for more stable support so it can move toward its goal of hiring full-time staff members for the project.
    The program recently was approved for a small funding grant from the city of McPherson and is pursuing  two private grants. However, donors are still needed for the project to reach its goals, Case said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The project surpassed the 100 mentor mark recently, but Case estimated the program will need as many as 200 mentors in the near future to meet the project’s growing needs. Men, couples and eventually women will all be needed for the program.
    “There is huge power in relationships,” Case said. “The more people we have connect with men, the more likely they are to be successful.”
    On Friday and Saturday, the project will present an expanded explanation of the “Recovery in a Spiritual Model” for those interested in becoming mentors.
    The sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Assembly of God, which is 1 mile south of NCRA on Main Street.
    Leave a message at 620-241-1371 if you plan to attend either the lunches or mentor sessions.
    Meal options for the lunches include a club sandwich meal, birdseye sandwich meal and a barbecue sandwich meal. Meals will be provided from the Main Street Deli and Knackies and are sponsored by Farmers State Bank and Sheets and Adams Realtors.
    For those who wish to donate to the Omega Project, send gifts to Live Free Ministries, 1064 14th Ave., McPherson, KS 67460.
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