History and Core Values


                                                                                         History of Omni Advocacy Services


Omni Advocacy Services is family owned and operated.  In 2007 Alicen Showers and her Parents Carl Holliday and Ruth Houston co-founded the Reintegration Advocacy Project (R.A.P.).  The mission of R.A.P. was to assist individuals, having been convicted of a felony, to successfully reintegrate back into our communities.


The Program ran from Alicen's Kitchen table for over a year until the operation moved “uptown” to Alicen’s garage converted to an office.  The program struggled to find funding, so the family pulled together, working full time jobs to fund the program.  Eventually they were able to move into an office and hire a small team.  In 2011 R.A.P. became Omni Advocacy Services.  The parameters of the program were vastly expanded to include any and all persons with a barrier to successful employment, and vowed to preclude no one from the program that were in need of our help.  As the program grew and and the vision became a reality shared by many, there were  heated but respectful debates and struggles, emotional and financial, that were real and painful.  


The program and its parameters were largely influenced by the personal experiences of all founders, and every individual that assisted in building what is now Omni Advocacy Services.

Carl  was a long time member of Mensa, Contracted with NASA and was head of the design team responsible the first pagers and cell phones ever used.  Carl also suffered with debilitating disabilities from the age of 13, however, he never let his barriers define him or prevent him from accomplishing anything he set out to do.  He brought innovative technology to the process as well as a fierce commitment to assist others realize their full potential.  Ruth a lifetime caregiver, mentor, advocate and servant for all that needed her and is the cornerstone of Omni’s core values and extensive wrap around services.  She is always ready to fight for what's right, even when it's not easy.  Alicen, with a larger than life, never say die, personality brought a fierce love and passion for life, people and the work to the program.

Alicen’s daughter Meaghan, although only 16 at the program's inception, was involved in all aspects of the program from the beginning.  Not a single member of the family was able to resist the call to service that Omni created.  


It is impossible to include all those that were a part of building the program that Omni is today or that will be a part of the Omni of tomorrow.


                                            

OMNI ADVOCACY SERVICES CORE VALUES


Our core values are truly the heart of our culture.  By learning more about them, you can learn more about what lies at the heart of Omni Advocacy Services.  Team members look to our core values to guide their decisions and actions, while clients and alumni draw inspiration from them.

Whether you work in the field or in our corporate offices, you will see these values at work through the actions of our Team and the implementation of our evidence-based strategies and successful programs.


  • Client Services – We strive to make every client “successful for life" by providing extraordinary client services that represent going “above and beyond,” evident by the passion driven work that we do.  We always aim to deliver more than profit with a value based, passion driven business approach that always puts client needs above all else.

  • Quality – Our actions and personal standards reflect our mission of providing the best quality services possible.  We focus on delivering desired results within established timeframes and providing extended support and wrap around services to all clients.

  • Empathy and Appreciation – We show that we care for each other through our decisions, actions, words, and commit to praising and thanking one another for work well done.  To maximize our collective impact, we inspire, challenge, and support each other to be our best and sustain our effort.  We show that we care about our clients and are thankful to be in their lives in addition to positively impacting the communities in which we live through advocacy, community involvement, partnerships, and education.

  • Respect – We treat our team members, clients, community partners and referring agencies with dignity and respect at all times. All stakeholders are considered in every decision we make.

  • Integrity – Our business and personal principles reflect the highest standards of ethics and integrity.  We follow rules and procedures, are honest, keep our commitments, and continually give the best effort. We strive to be good stewards of funds that are appropriated for the population that we serve.

  • Responsibility – We express support for our company decisions and programs.  We take action with a sense of urgency.  We align our day-to-day decisions with overall company goals.  We embrace change.  We are willing to assume additional responsibilities, confront problems, and achieve effective results.

  • Teamwork – We help create an environment through personal actions that nurtures open communication and enthusiasm.  We collaborate and provide feedback in a constructive manner.  We share information, provide support, and model behaviors that create a positive workplace and encourage others to do the same.  We value the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others, and we recognize our own limitations.  We are committed to partnering effectively with families, stakeholders, and communities to ensure that our work advances the broader good for our communities.

  • Transformational Change

          We seek to expand opportunities in ways that are life-changing for our clients

          and transforming for our communities.  Given our deep belief in our clients and       

          communities, the magnitude of  inequity and its consequences, our

          optimism about the solvability of the problem, we act with high standards,

          urgency, and a long-term view.

  • Leadership

We strive to develop and become the leaders necessary to realize professional excellence and equity.  We establish bold visions and invest our time and efforts in working towards them.  We work in purposeful, strategic, and resourceful ways, defining broadly what is within our control to solve, learning and improving constantly.  We operate with a sense of passion, possibility, perseverance in the face of challenge, ensuring alignment between our actions and beliefs, while assuming personal responsibility for the results.
  • Diversity

We act on our belief that the movement to ensure equality for all will succeed only if it is diverse in every respect.  We value the perspectives and credibility of every individual, regardless of their racial, economic, or religious backgrounds.