Together Omaha, a nonprofit homeless prevention agency, has started renovations on its new $2.3 million headquarters at 812 S. 24th St.

The 20,000-square-foot building was formerly a roller skating rink, then a manufacturing center. The renovations will cost $2.3million, funded entirely by private donors.

The new headquarters will provide the agency with 2,500 square feet more space than its current location, at 1616 Cass St., where it has been for 15 years.

Executive Director Michael Hornacek said that over the 37 years Together Omaha has been operating, the number of clients served each year has steadily risen, straining its services.

In 2010, more than 20,000 households were served and a total of 40,000 services, including such things as financial counseling and free food, were provided to clients. In 2011, those numbers edged up to 23,000 households and 44,000 services.

“The new building will provide better service, and more confidentiality and more privacy to the people we serve,” Hornacek said.

The new facility also will include a community garden, picnic area and a community space for the neighborhood. Business hours will be increased to serve more families.

“We are extremely excited,” Hornacek said.

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