• Who We Are

    Omicelo Cares is a nonprofit organization that believes neighborhoods can create promise for all community members.


    Our mission is to use real estate and business principles to advance the education of community members in gentrifying neighborhoods.

    The Power of Real Estate

    Communities are the foundation of development.

    We support communities through inclusive real estate development and hands-on real estate education in neighborhoods on the cusp of change.

    The Power of Youth

    Young adults are the future of our neighborhoods.

    Real estate & business education unlocks untapped economic potential and results in tangible professional development for a community's young people.

  • What We Do

    Real Estate

    Co-Powerment Series

    Shrinking the technical gap between communities and real estate developers.

    Omicelo Cares, in partnership with Neighborhood Allies, announces the 2017 Real Estate Co-Powerment Series, which serves as an education platform to demystify the real estate development process. Through class instruction, coaching and mentorship, our goal is to demonstrate how community members, organizations, and small business owners can participate and benefit from their own neighborhood revitalization.



    Experiential Learning

    Tangible, hands-on experiences.

    The DreamOn Festival provides an unique opportunity for Omicelo Cares students to use real estate principles and our 7 Pillars of Sustainable Business curriculum to execute a high-profile city-wide event. We ensure that students participate in the proceeds of the festival and develop their professional acumen in a way that helps the community.

    Experiential Business Education Program

    Helping high-performing high school students learn critical business skills.

    We believe in complementing existing public high school education with programs that teach business skills that are normally acquired in the first 5 years of corporate work. Over 8 weeks, young adults learn entrepreneurship principles, sharpen their innate talents, and build teamwork skills that are essential for success in the professional world.

  • A Message From Omicelo Cares' Founder

    Joshua Pollard

    After receiving a nod to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for finance and real estate, I thought I had my role in the business world figured out. But in a casual conversation five years ago, I was forced to reevaluate the kind of impact I actually wanted to have in business.


    I was in the back of an SUV with the CEO of a large real estate development company, and race somehow crept into the conversation. I explained the negative impact that fatherlessness and poor education has had in all cash economies; the lack of guidance hurts a lot of minorities' stories from the start, and "get rich quick" schemes are disappointingly pervasive inside and outside of homes. Speaking candidly from personal experience, I thought I had “won” the discussion.


    The CEO's response: “If I gave you all the money in my bank accounts, what would you do to change your community?” I stared back at him speechless. I had no credible answer. It was in that moment I had to reexamine my career achievements; that was the catalyst behind five years of soul searching and diligent research.


    In my search to answer that difficult question, I founded Omicelo, a for-profit real estate investment company that believes in "development that develops people," and I humbly founded Omicelo Cares, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that uses real estate principles to advance the wealth and education of Americans in gentrifying neighborhoods.


    Omicelo Cares not only believes in building great neighborhoods, but also in the abnormally high investment returns for our society (and our country) that result from investing in bright young people who can make neighborhoods exemplary. The core of Omicelo Cares is my attempt to influence growth in communities that benefits all of society. Omicelo Cares intends to change the narrative around gentrification: neighborhoods can absolutely improve with the people who already live in them.


    Ask yourself: If I had all the resources I ever needed, what would I do to change my community for the good?

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    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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