How Mentors for People in Need Works

Author: Gary R Carlson, was the originator of the non-profit known as Mentors of Bethany In America. During the past five years the services provided by this organization has seen miracles in life changes for the people who have been part of the MOBIA programs. The mentors have been skillful in filling the lifeskill gaps many of their participants have missed out on in life. The following is a list of programs and what it takes to be a mentor.

Mentors of Bethany In America

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It is a pleasure to invite you into the fellowship of mentors serving people in need of coaching. Throughout the years Mentors of Bethany in America has designed a faith-based approach to support the individuals our mentors are coaching. It is a necessity our programs have the components to recognize the audiences they serve. The ability to allow the Holy Spirit and wisdom from you will provide you with the methods necessary to achieve great achievements with our people in need of support. This manual will give you the necessary sensitivity to use appropriated methods of communications, through visual, tactical, auditory learning styles. MOBIA is continually available and willing to provide support for the best experiences for our mentors and their coachable moments. Each new mentor will be assigned a mentor partner to help orient you to your role as a MOBIA Mentor.


The story of mentorship has a long history of men initially lending a helpful support to people in need. Through a time beginning early in the 21st century a few men began lending support to men in the Douglas County Jail and later the Omaha Open-Door Mission. These small groups had the foresight to see the need for the need to grow these services to other venues in the Omaha, Nebraska community. 2014, there was a concerted effort to now grow the services of mentorship with coaching in other sites and organizations. In the next three years the men of Bethany became now the “Mentors of Bethany in America”, offering planned curriculum and mentor coaches to other people in need which included men, women, and youth. Support systems were enjoined with current organizations and individual services for participants seeking to improve their lives from poverty, incarceration, addiction, absentee fathers’, dysfunctional families, and depression.

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Experiencing such a high number of people in need of coaching and mentoring it became inevitable to now create an organization to serve the people reaching out and looking for help. MOBIA had experienced a success with people on a smaller scale with their curriculum and practices that made the upscale transition even more possible. May 2018, MOBIA became an approved nonprofit organization with their own by-laws, board of directors, mission statement, and history of success serving and supporting the people in need. During the next years mentors have been deployed to seven sites across the Omaha, Nebraska area. Curriculum has been adopted for both in person and online formats. A complete virtual library has been developed and online courses made available to mentors and their participants. It is MOBIA’s commitment to continually review and revise approaches to improve services for the people that are served. During the years that have transpired with our participants our faith-based programs have experienced what we consider miracles in life restorations.


MOBIA places a great deal of value on the life experiences each mentor has experienced. The organization is proud of all our mentors who have come to us from the professional, blue collar, skilled, labor ranks and parent experiences. It has been evident that the experienced of both success and failure are necessary to better understand what the participants may be experience. During the journey of the MOBIA program existence they now have past participants who are now mentors. The program offers coaching from experienced mentors with curriculum and coaching methods created by professionals. New mentors will have the option to join any of the seven sites to serve people looking for their coaching services. Projections provided the program with the need to continue to recruit additional mentors. When you contact us with questions to become a mentor, please bring a friend. MOBIA needs men, women, and all ages of people to become a life saving mentor. The rewards of becoming a mentor exist in all our hearts. Just take the time to talk to one of the mentors currently experiencing servant leadership.



Approved programs for MOBIA include team leaders who are the program specialist who are the spokesperson for the program outcomes and review. The role requires the leader to provide direction for program curriculum and methodology under compliance with the MOBIA organization. Team Leaders are the key people to keep a count for attendance and case manager for mentors to discuss individual participants to support them in their journey of redemption and revitalization. Team leaders will hold program meetings with their mentors and make suggestions and recommendations to the Program Advisory Committee. Materials both hard copy and online should be utilized from the approved MOBIA library of materials. Team Leaders will provide complete reports to the Program Advisory Committee of program strengths, weaknesses, attendance averages, mentor recommendations and support needs for individual participants.


Active programs will have a mentor designated as the lead person. The lead person will maintain membership to the program advisory committee to coordinate and oversee all activities within the program they are assigned too. Each lead will represent their program. They will attend all program advisory committee meetings. When new programs are implemented, a lead will be assigned to the program. Program lead people will be the main two-way communicator with the organizations where MOBIA is operating.



MOBIA mentors provide the authentic manhood program for men who have been assigned to them by the Douglas County supervision. All materials and copies of resources need to be approved by the county jail authority. Mentors serve on a regular cycle by meeting on Monday evenings at the Douglas County Jail. Some to the inmates may be transferred to the Open-Door Mission for further support and coaching. In those cases, the men are easily entered into the ongoing authentic manhood program at the Open-Door Mission. Meeting times may very but are usually scheduled at the same time each week. All meetings are on Monday evenings. Ages of inmates are from nineteen to sixties. Services are provided for forty to fifty men each week.


MOBIA mentors are part of the assigned curriculum program prescribed by the overall Open Door Mission program for men at the Garland Thompson Center. Mentors meet regularly with men who are in residence at the Open-Door Mission. Theses are residents who are experiencing homelessness, transfer from Douglas County Jail, treatment for addiction or alcoholism, dysfunctional family problems, poverty, and depression. Mentor coaches work with four to five men each week in both large groups and small group sessions. Coaches have a format of coaching methodology, hardcopy curriculum, and online library with access for both mentor and participants. Curriculum is provided from the Men’s 33 Series which provides six volumes with thirty-six sessions. Volumes are designed for men to engage in ongoing conversations with mentors resulting from written material and videos. Resources are provided by the MOBIA virtual library of media. MOBIA program is part of the requirements of the Open-Door Curriculum for graduation. The curriculum covers men and their design, a man and his story, a man and his traps, a man and his work, a man and his marriage and a man and his fatherhood. Meetings are on Monday evenings, 7 PM until 8:30 PM at the Garland Thompson Center. Program mentors serve twenty to thirty men each week.


MOBIA provides support to the program for women at the Lydia House. Our MOBIA women mentors coach the women in residence in the Lydia House. MOBIA mentors meet regularly with the women who are homeless, living in poverty, have experienced absentee fathers, addiction, alcoholism, family dysfunction and domestic abuse. The women mentors provide curriculum drawn from the service of “RightNowMedia” with both hardcopy and online materials. Program times are scheduled on Monday evenings from 7 PM until 8:30 PM. Mentors continue their ongoing services by follow up with participants throughout the week. Women mentors meet in small groups and large. The attendance to their program is fifteen to twenty women each week. Mentors are providing coaching in marriage, employment, motherhood, nutrition, childcare, addiction, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and financial budgeting.


Mentors from MOBIA coach young men ages 14 to 18 enrolled at the Omaha Street School. The Omaha Street School is an alternative high school for both males and females. Attendance is from students who have been excluded from their public schools due to behavior or an incident that expelled them from their neighborhood school. Students at the Omaha Street School are given the opportunity to receive a second chance at redeeming themselves by attending a school with specialized instruction with smaller teacher-student ratios. MOBIA mentor coaches provide a program focused on fatherhood and is called the “Father Hub”. MOBIA mentors provide a written curriculum designated to offer scope and sequence of events in their lives now and in the future. Mentors meet weekly on Fridays which includes lunch with the young men and an hour of instruction. Curriculum is developed to combat inappropriate behaviors, gang membership, and development of goal setting, employment, career exploration, filling fatherhood gaps, and understanding how to make mature appropriate decisions. Mentors take part in the day-to-day school academic success of the students and attend extra-curricula activities. MOBIA partners with the Omaha Street School and the 180 organization for coaching activities.


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Mentor coaches for the Locker Room program provide services to both local neighborhood men who are in search of improving their lives in fatherhood, marriage, career, and faith. Men who have graduated from the Open-Door Mission Program become candidates for more advanced support coaching upon graduation. Mentor coaching provides ongoing support with decision making, career support, and family function positive practices. The Locker Room program meets on Thursday at 7 PM at the Sandler Training Center at 107th and Q street. Programs are a continuation and review of the Authentic Manhood program. Coaching at this level requires a more hands on requirements of follow/up for each week’s successes and challenges. The Open-Door Mission transport graduates in their apartment living program to continue in the mentor support systems.


Mentor coaches provide coaching to recovering alcoholics in residence at the 180 House in Millard, Nebraska. The mentoring takes place by sponsoring these men and in a roundtable session each week onsite. The table discussions are on Wednesday evenings from 7 PM going to 9 PM. MOBIA is in partnership with the Love Church organization by providing mentor coaches and curriculum from the Men’s 33 Series. Mentors work closely with the coordinator of the program at Love Church.


MOBIA has reached out to churches who have been experiencing operation difficulties. Churches receiving these services have received coaching on development, Sunday services, organization, and mission development. Mentors have instituted new programs in Bible Studies, Men and Women small groups. MOBIA Mentors has provided hardcopy and online curriculum support to the churches. MOBIA’s goal is to revive the church to a self-sufficient faith-based organization.

If you have interest in helping your community and those in need please contact MOBIA at: email:

God Bless Mentors of Bethany In America

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