Queen’s Butterfly House opens in North Omaha

June 23, 2023
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Queen’s Butterfly House

A new home in Omaha is now open for women who recently got out of jail or prison. The Queen’s Butterfly House celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. The home will house up to 8 formerly incarcerated women at a time. The program provides support for the women to help them transition back into society. Founder Demetrius Gatson who was incarcerated says one of the biggest barriers women face when reentering society is finding supportive housing.
Demetrius Gatson says, “25% of the people who are released that are women don’t have housing. They have, they go to shelters, they go to treatment facilities, some of them go back into the streets and then they are right back in jail or prison.”
Before women are accepted as tenants at Queen’s Butterfly House they must have the will to stay sober and change. They must also complete 40 hours of community service. Once accepted, they are required to pay rent, follow curfew, among other house rules.
Queen’s Butterfly House and EXPO are part of the Nation network A New Way of Life