Community Services & Centers
Our neighborhood centers and services enhance daily living for special populations. Participants enjoy friendship, fun and healthy food during out-of-school time and throughout the day. Good nutrition and education for children and adults are important components of our centers. The Ways to Work program helps parents repair poor credit scores.
To host a birthday party, help with homework, mentor a girl, present speeches or classes on leadership, career and senior topics, be an arts and crafts instructor, sponsor a field trip, serve lunch, be a friendly visitor, sponsor or, serve on a loan approval committee, contact the volunteer coordinator.
Programs in this Category
Family & Child Care Resource Center
The Family & Child Care Resource Center is a neighborhood facility in North Omaha that provides free and low-cost parent and child care materials. The center is designed for parents, child care providers, teachers and others who are concerned with family and children’s issues.
Heartland Family Service is one of the leading sources of early childhood training courses in the metro are, and assists in planning and conducting major training conferences for the local child care profession. Call 402-457-7769.
Family & Child Care Resource Center Information
Legacy Corps is a national volunteer powered support program that provides assistance to military families, veterans, and veteran families. This is a community based program encouraging assistance in the form of companionship services to an elderly veteran, child care assistance to a current military family and other in-home services as needed based on family needs.
The goal of Legacy Corps is to improve the quality of life for military families, veterans and veteran families by reducing physical and emotional stress as well as isolation that current and past military families face. This program also aims to increase community volunteer options for Omaha to encourage service work for all ages.
Who is Eligible?
Any current military family, veteran or veteran family who needs caregiver services in the form of companionship, child care or other in-home services based on the needs of the family.
Volunteers receive between 60 and 90 hours of training throughout the first year of commitment to the program. Yearly, the volunteer is expected to volunteer for a total of 450 hours. Along with training, members receive a $180a month living stipend. At the end of the one year commitment, a $1,495 education is awarded to the member. This money can be used by the volunteer themselves to go toward college expenses or it can be transferred to a child, grandchild or foster child to be used toward any educational institution of their choice. This education allowance can also be used to pay off past financial aide debt.
Volunteer tasks include:
- Regular planned home visit to an elderly veteran’s home to check on the well-being of a client.
- Companionship services to an elderly veteran in their home
- Child care assistance to current military families
- General yard work, garden care or snow removal
- Light housekeeping assistance
- Preparing light snacks
The Heartland Family Service Senior Center, located at 2101 S. 42nd Street, supports the recreational, social and nutritional needs of the senior citizen over 60 years of age in the Midtown Omaha area. There is no fee to join the Senior Center, which is a collaboration among Heartland Family Service, ENOA & United Way of the Midlands.
The Senior Center offers area residents a variety of activities including: classes, speakers, movies, discussion groups, exercise classes, T’ai Chi, excursions, and monthly parties. Geriatric counseling, and direct assistance in obtaining needed services, through a case manager are available from the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA).
Senior Center Activities Calendar
Senior Center Lunch: An ENOA sponsored hot lunch is served at noon. $3.50 contribution for those 60 and over, and $9.25 for those under 60. Please call one day in advance to reserve a noon meal.
Senior Center Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Senior Center Transportation: Available within a limited area.
Stop by to visit or for more information call 402-553-5300.
Ruth K. Solomon Girls Center
The Ruth K. Solomon Girls Center is a summer and after-school recreational program that offers tutoring, career education, social skills development and leadership guidance to girls age 5-18 years. School-year hours are 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Girls may attend every weekday. The center is located at 6720 North 30th Street, as part of the Heartland Family Service North Office.
Ruth K. Solomon Girls After-school Program Application
Solomon Girls Center offers year-round educational, cultural, social and recreational programming to the daughters of approximately 250 families in the area. Activities promote skill development and provide assistance in dealing with the issues that challenge today’s girls and young women. The ultimate aim of the Center is to provide its members with those qualities that enable them to have positive social interactions and relationships. The Summer Program is offered at Trinity Lutheran Church, next door to the Solomon Center. Field trips and activities are offered for recreation, leadership and social skills. Call 402- 455-1755 for more information.
Ways to Work
The purpose of Ways to Work program is to help low-income parents to buy reliable transportation necessary to remain employed and take their children to doctor appointments, daycare, school, and to access goods and services. This program offers loans as much as $6,000 to qualifying working residents of Pottawattamie & Mills Counties in Iowa and Douglas, Sarpy & Washington Counties in Nebraska. The program does not compete with mainstream loan programs, but rather offers an alternative for high-risk people with a demonstrated commitment to achieving increased self-sufficiency, and who are intent on pursuing a higher degree of success in mainstream financial markets. Loans must be repaid and case management services provide support to ensure successful repayment of the loan. Offices are located in Omaha and in Council Bluffs.
For more information on the local or national Ways to Work program, to serve as a volunteer or partner in the program, contact Lisa Picker at LPicker@HeartlandFamilyService.org or (712) 435-5368.
Click here to start your application process for a Ways to Work loan
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Watch Jennifer, a Ways to Work client, get her car washed at the Kwik Shop fundraiser!
Ways to Work Wins National Award
The National Ways to Work website
Thanks to our local Kwik Shop employees and customers for their third annual donation to the Ways to Work program. Read more.
Thanks to the Walmart Foundation for providing funding for this program!