Alpha-Omega Miracle Home was founded in 1997 by Lisa Franklin, a native of St. Augustine, who was once herself a teenage mother. Despite her professional success years later, Lisa was coping with an emptiness that could only be filled by God. After a period of time when she walked away from the church and living according to her Christian values, she returned to her faith. One night, while praying and asking God how she could serve Him, God placed a vision in her heart of grandmotherly women rocking infants, and 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 was born.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega; the First and the Last; the Beginning and the End.”
From a very humble beginning with very little money, staff, or a formal plan, Alpha-Omega has grown dramatically from one home housing up to 7 teenage mothers and their infants to 24 transitional and permanent supportive housing units caring for approximately 87 women and children annually. In 2009, Alpha-Omega added permanent supportive housing for homeless senior women and other homeless community individuals and families. As funding increased, services such as case management and on-site counseling became available, in addition to financial literacy and life skills classes.
Alpha-Omega began several outreach programs, beginning in 2007, to increase care 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. This year, more than 10,500 diapers and wipes were given free to the community. Additionally, during annual Shoes-of-Hope giveaway, over 800 pairs of new shoes are given to children at the start of the school year. In partnering with other agencies and community businesses, Alpha-Omega also provided over 800 backpacks and 2,000 school supplies.
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. This year, the thrift stores have provided our community with over 3,000 free household goods and articles of clothing and shoes to those in need. Because of our faithful supporters, our thrifts stores are a meaningful place to give donations, shop, and volunteer.
Because of the faithful and determined efforts of Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, many individuals and families are no longer facing homelessness and are on paths of success with joy.