Description of the Agency
Why the name The Nehemiah Project?
Nehemiah, an Old Testament prophet, was active in the years 464-423 B.C. He left Babylon in 445 B.C. to assist his people in Jerusalem. His name means “The Lord has comforted.”
Nehemiah has been honored for centuries as a model of passionate and faithful caring, brilliant strategy and motivation. He confronted an environment of despair, hopelessness and physical danger. His efforts and those of the people he worked with resulted in the successful rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem. Nehemiah, his philosophy and active response to life’s challenges, offer a model of hope for people faced with poverty and hopelessness, and those who work with them.
The Nehemiah Project was organized in 1996 as a youth-focused not-for-profit organization. In 2002, the organization acquired two group homes for youth, ages 13-18: Harper House, located on Milwaukee's East side, has been serving as a group home since 1991 and TransCenter, located on Milwaukee's West side, has been serving as a group home since 1978. Additionally, The Nehemiah Project operates programs that encourage interracial dialogue, forgiveness, youth leadership development, and parent support.