State of Nebraska


Honu House Room Redo Challenge


Parole Staff Participate in Recovery Room Redo Challenge

The Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHA-NE) operates the Honu House, which is a peer-operated respite for those that are battling mental health, substance or trauma issues.  Many of their clients are those that are involved or have been involved with the criminal justice system.  The Honu House provides a lot of their bed space to parole clients.

In April 2018, they moved into a bigger space, which was four times larger than their previous space.  So in order to help furnish the rooms MHA came up with a little friendly competition called the “Recovery Room Redo Challenge” to help furnish and decorate the 20-room, 16-bathroom space.  Each team was tasked with creating a recovery friendly environment and had only two days to do it.  In those two days, each team had a list of required items that had to be in the room but was only limited by their imagination.

On June 1st and 2nd parole staff participated in the Recovery Room Redo Challenge.  Everyone helped in some way or another by either donating money, items, their time, their muscle and vehicles to transport the bigger items.  The name and theme of the room was “Serenity”.  Even though we did not take home the win, it was a great experience and all the teams’ rooms turned out amazing.

**Click on link below to view photos of renovations completed by Parole volunteers**

Honu House Redo Photos.pdf