With the ministry since: 2005
What brought you to Release Ministries? Became a volunteer after my daughter and son-in-law started doing Bible study in the Douglas County Youth Center with Release.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: Seeing God change my heart to be me more like His as I seek to love His kids
With the ministry since: 2010
What brought you to Release Ministries? God’s direction and my heart to serve Him wherever He leads me to serve.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: While I don’t work with at-risk youth directly, I do support those that do. It has been a joy to meet others on staff, hear their testimonies, and get to know each one individually. I look forward to seeing how God will change and use me as a result of my connection with Release Ministries.
Chaplain at Douglas
County Youth Center
With the ministry since: 2009
What brought you to Release Ministries? The grace and mercy of the Living God. I was born and raised in north Omaha and have experienced some of the same things as the young people with whom we work at DCYC. Relationships with the kids have allowed room for me to introduce Jesus Christ.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: Building relationships with young people without expectation, but accountability to do better.
Director of Mentoring
With the ministry since: 1999
What brought you to Release Ministries? I taught and coached at-risk youth at inner city alternative high school where God gave me a heart for these kids. The Lord put me in touch with Bill Ellett, our hearts were knit and Release brought me on board to develop and direct the Mentoring Ministry.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: Knowing that the seeds we plant and water will be used by God to change hearts and lives, bringing Him pleasure as the kingdom is increased
Director of Operations
With the ministry since: 2002
What brought you to Release Ministries? I have always enjoyed youth ministry but I never set out to work with at-risk youth. I was just a college student attempting to follow Christ. I began as a bible study leader and mentor at DCYC. After two years, my wife and I had the opportunity to become house parents at the first Release home. Five years later I was offered the opportunity to oversee the houses. There is something about the youth we work with that keeps drawing me to them.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: I love building authentic relationships. Relationship is a core value that permeates every level of our organization. The genuine relationships that we offer to the youth are something we experience every day as staff.
In-Home Services Supervisor
Bio coming soon
CBI Program Support Specialist
Bio coming soon
Director of Foster Care
With the Ministry Since: 2018
What brought you to Release Ministries? I was working closely with Release Ministries at my previous job with Nebraska Families Collaborative. I got to know many different people, and I could see their heart and love for the youth they were serving. I worked on a project involving foster care for graduate school, and I knew that someday I wanted to work in foster care and am excited that God is allowing me to do this with Release Ministries.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: I love getting to know these youth - there is so much more to them than what is in their paper file. Teens have so many gifts they give me when I work with them - and they keep me in tune with the world! So many of them just need a friend, an advocate and a mentor to help them navigate this time in their life. I appreciate that Release sees their value as being created and loved by God.
Residential Care Supervisor
With the ministry since: 2017
What brought you to Release Ministries? I needed employment and wanted to be used by the Lord. This was not what I had expected the Lord to call me in to, but He did. He has been growing me and healing me while at the same time using me to grow and heal the youth I minister to.
Best part of your service to at-risk youth: It is amazing to see some of the changes these youth have undergone. It takes a lot of commitment, strength, and courage to learn and live a new way of life; one that is often at odds with old friends and/or family. But these kids do it. I don’t think any of us who have not been through it could truly grasp what battles they are experiencing on a daily basis.