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
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. The center offers area residents a variety of activities including classes, speakers, movies, discussion groups, exercise classes, excursions, and parties, which are scheduled regularly every month. Tai Chi classes are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. In addition, geriatric counseling is available, as well as direct assistance in obtaining needed services, through a case manager from the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA).
The senior center serves an ENOA sponsored hot lunch at noon for a $3.00 contribution. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Transportation is available within a limited area. There is no fee to join the center, which is a collaboration among Heartland Family Service, ENOA & United Way of the Midlands. Stop by to visit or call (402) 553-5300 one day in advance to reserve a noon meal or for information. Click here for Senior Center Activities.
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.
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. Click here for Solomon Girls Center Activities.
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
Learn How to Qualify for a Ways to Work Auto Loan
Ways to Work flier
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!