Blair Campus

The Mission

To develop a campus where those less fortunate receive the effective, compassionate care they need to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.

The Need

HUD projects nearly 30,000 youth “age out” of the foster care system each year without the life skills and support network to help them become independent, successful adults. Only 42 percent of former foster youths finish high school by age 21, and only 48 percent have jobs at age 26. Four years after “aging out” of the system: 25% have been homeless; Less than half have graduated from high school; 42% have become parents; and more than 80% are unable to support themselves. There are 428,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system and nearly 112,000 are waiting for adoption.

As well, the Omaha Metropolitan Area, including Council Bluffs, Fremont and Blair, is home to many ‘At-Risk’ youth who are looking for an opportunity to grow and develop.

The trades are in need of apprentices and workers. As well the transportation industry needs mechanics, drivers and logistics. To attract companies to the area we need to develop a strong workforce.

Lastly, there is growing need for housing of low - to moderate-income seniors in the coming years, as an estimated 3.5 million seniors are currently living below the poverty level. By 2024, 6.5 million households will have annual income of less than $15,000, an increase of 37%, in a single decade, the Harvard/AARP study finds. Growth in the number of older households with incomes between $15,000 and $29,999 would add another 2.9 million to the ranks of low-income households. These folks provide a terrific source for mentors and babysitters to our youth.

 

The Solution

A 151 acre campus/community where all focus is on the success of the youth and building a safety net for them in the future. AS will provide an environment for learning vocational and life skills, provide jobs, mentoring, and promote self-sufficiency.

Blair is approximately 20 minutes from Omaha on the recently completed 4-lane highway and is part of the Omaha MSA. Mr. Frank Krejci has donated the former Dana College Campus and 151 acres of land, to Angels Share, Inc. It is complete with dormitory buildings for conversion to apartments, gymnasium, library, fine arts building and numerous other buildings either rentable to companies and institutions for self-sustaining income or converted to apartments for more youth and elderly.

 

The Plan

Dormitories are being converted to apartments, the gymnasium is open for use and the Administration Building is now a Church, classrooms and offices. We are developing workforce housing with projections of 70 new homes and upscale apartments by the end of 2021. The campus will continue to expand and develop buildings over the next few years including a Library and 300 seat Fine Arts building coming online by 2022.

Young adults are now living and working in the community. Each new person to the campus receives an ‘ambassador’ from the community to help acclimate to Blair. This assures our residents they will always have someone they can turn to in the community.