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2007.05.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Abdouch Honored for 'Address It Now' Program

Omaha - Ron Abdouch, executive director of the Neighborhood Center for Great Omaha, received the B’nai B’rith Award for his leadership and coordinating role in “Address It Now,” a public safety initiative that assists homeowners post visible addresses on their residences.  He received the honor at the National Safety Council Awards luncheon on May 17.

The Neighborhood Center is a non-profit organization established in 2001 that provides information and assistance to neighborhood associations to enable them to come together and develop their own leadership and decision-making structure and effectively address issues affecting the quality of life in their communities. 

The “Address It Now” campaign started last year in six neighborhoods, and focused on increasing the proportion of properties with visible house address numbers to improve public safety.  The project came about after the neighborhoods participated in Omaha Neighborhood Scan, a joint effort between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the City of Omaha, which collected neighborhood information.

“Address It Now” was also the recipient of an Omaha Community Excellence Award, which was given by the City of Omaha in April. 

“ ‘Address It Now’ has been a great experience and makes a difference in the community,” Abdouch said.  “Having the campaign honored this way is very gratifying."

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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The Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha’s partners include the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation; The Mammel Foundation; the Omaha Community Foundation's Fund for Omaha with support from the John H Becker Fund; the Lozier Foundation; the Mayor's Office; United Way of the Midlands, Wells Fargo Bank and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Its mission is to build capacity and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Douglas, Pottawattamie and Sarpy counties. The University of Nebraska at Omaha and its College of Public Affairs and Community Service serve as the center's administrative and fiscal agent.

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