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Alpha-Omega Miracle Home was founded in 1997 by Lisa Franklin, a native of St. Augustine, who was once herself a teenage mother. After some time away from the church, not living according to her Christian values, she returned to her faith. One night, while praying and asking God how she could serve Him, He placed a vision in her heart of grandmotherly women rocking infants. Sitting at their feet were young mothers. The elder women were sharing their wisdom with the young mothers and in turn, the young were caring for the old. From that vision, Alpha-Omega Miracle Home (AOMH) was born.
From ONE woman’s experience and ONE inspired idea, Alpha-Omega Miracle Home began in 1997 to provide shelter to homeless mothers, their children and senior women – together in ONE safe and supportive environment.
From a very humble beginning with very little money, staff or a formal plan, Alpha-Omega Miracle Home has grown from one home for up to seven teenage mothers and their infants to transitional and permanent supportive housing units for up to 80 women and children. As funding increased, more services became available including case management, counseling, financial literacy and life skills classes.
AOMH launched community outreach programs in 2007 for homeless and low-income individuals and families living in St. Johns County. The Alpha-Omega Community Diaper Bank was opened to serve families who had to choose between buying food or diapers for their children.
In 2010, the first Alpha-Omega Thrift Store was opened to help fund the transitional housing program and give unemployed residents a place to volunteer while looking for stable, long-term employment. In 2016, Alpha-Omega opened a second store in Jacksonville and is now able to support the needs of the community even more.