Rurik Hernandez, left, and Changpiny Changpiny groom a sheep as part of the Valley View 4-H club at the Omaha Home for Boys' Cooper Memorial Farm. 


Bethlehem House

2301 S. 15th St.; 402-502-9224; www.bethlehemhouseomaha.org

Serving women who are homeless, pregnant and experiencing crises. Residential service with classes in parenting and financial, spiritual, emotional and physical health.

Nebraska Children’s Home Society

4939 S. 118th St. (corporate office); 402-451-0787; www.nchs.org

Provides safe and loving care to children of all ages. NCHS reaches out to women and teens facing unplanned pregnancies; strives to build, strengthen and support adoptive, biological and foster families; provides early intervention programs; offers teen pregnancy prevention education; and ensures that children begin school ready to learn.

Women’s Center for Advancement

222 S. 29th St.; 402-345-6555 24-hour domestic abuse/sexual assault hotline: 402-345-7273 www.wcaomaha.org

The WCA is the go-to place for anyone in the Omaha area experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking. The former YWCA assists victims and their children to achieve safety and empowers them to lead self-determined lives.


Food Bank for the Heartland

10525 J St.; 402-331-1213; www.foodbankheartland.org

Nonprofit distributor of food and products to area food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and other service organizations.

Heartland Hope Mission

2021 U St.; 402-733-1904; www.heartlandhopemission.org

A faith-based charitable organization providing food and clothing and promoting self-sufficiency for people in need in the metro area. South Omaha pantry hours: Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Millard pantry, 5351 S. 139th St., hours: the second Saturday of the month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the last Wednesday of the month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Heart Ministry Center

2222 Binney St.; 402-451-2321;


Nonprofit organization offering food pantry, clothing closet, case management services, women’s self-sufficiency program and boys’ mentoring. Also provides free medical and legal clinics in partnership with Creighton University. Dental services by appointment.

Juan Diego Center

5211 S. 31st St.; 402-731-5413 Latina Resource Center: 402-939-4625 www.ccomaha.org

Food pantry, microbusiness training and development and family-based immigration legal assistance. Houses the Latina Resource Center, which provides domestic violence services, life-skills services and parent mentoring for women. Operated by Catholic Charities of Omaha.


The Micah House

1415 Ave. J, Council Bluffs; 712-323-4416; www.themicahhouse.org

An emergency homeless shelter located in Council Bluffs serving southwest Iowa, Sarpy and Douglas Counties. The Micah House provides a safe and nurturing environment with support services for families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness.


Open Door Mission

2828 N. 23rd St. East; 402-422-1111; www.opendoormission.org

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 that is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The Open Door campus includes Lydia House Women & Family Center; Garland Thompson Men’s Center; Rebuilding Lives Center; and Permanent Supportive Housing. The mission also operates family outreach and donation centers in Elkhorn, Council Bluffs and on the mission campus.

Restored Hope

P.O. Box 236; 402-345-7306; www.restoredhopeomaha.org

Christ-centered transitional living program that helps homeless women with children become emotionally, spiritually and financially stable.


Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue

4611 S. 96th St., Suite 112; 402-215-6718; www.savinggracefoodrescue.org

The nonprofit collects excess perishable foods from 38 grocery stores, wholesalers, event venues, caterers, restaurants, schools and other food purveyors and delivers them the same day to local nonprofits that feed the hungry.

Siena/Francis House

1702 Nicholas St.; 402-341-1821; www.sienafrancis.org

Provides food, shelter and clothing to homeless families and individuals.

Least of My Brethren

St. Patrick Church, 508 Angus St., Gretna; 402-332-4444; www.stpatsgretna.org/leastofmybrethren

Assists homeless by sponsoring a once-a-month breakfast, and collecting and distributing clothing and necessities. Also, picks up donated furnishings and drops off/sets up apartments for homeless.


American Adoption Congress

8141 S. 69th St., La Vista; 402-537-4387; www.americanadoptioncongress.org

Composed of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. The congress represents and provides support to those whose lives are touched by adoption or loss of family continuity. Advocates legislation to grant every individual access to information about his or her family and heritage.

Boys Town

14100 Crawford St., Boys Town; 402-498-1300;www.boystown.org

Specializing in the care and treatment of children. One of the largest nonprofit, nonsectarian child and family care organizations in the country, it provides treatment for children with behavioral, emotional and physical problems. Operates a national crisis hotline, 800-448-3000.


Child Saving Institute

4545 Dodge St.; 402-553-6000; www.childsaving.org

Makes at-risk children safe and fractured families whole through programs such as foster care, early childhood education, independent living skills and adoption.

Children’s Square USA

Offices in Iowa and Nebraska, main campus at North Sixth Street and Avenue E, Council Bluffs; 712-322-3700


Educational classes and counseling services; child welfare emergency services; services for runaway and homeless youths, grades 1-12; behavioral health; special education; residential treatment for children and adolescents; family foster care; aftercare services for young adults who have aged out of foster care. Child care and preschool services also provided.

Heartland Family Service

2101 S. 42nd St.; 402-553-3000; www.heartlandfamilyservice.org

Programs address child abuse, domestic violence, poverty and homelessness, juvenile crime, early childhood development, mental health and addictions. Community services and centers. Multiple locations in Omaha, Sarpy County, Fremont and southwest Iowa.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

124 S. 24th St., Suite 230; 402-342-7038; www.lfsneb.org

Offers mental health and substance abuse services for adults and teens; adoption, foster care and pregnancy counseling; early childhood intervention and prevention; parenting and family support; At Ease program for returning veterans and their loved ones; refugee resettlement; and immigration legal services.

Nebraska Family Helpline

888-866-8660; www.nebraskafamilyhelpline.ne.gov

Free and confidential advice and assistance regarding family matters, issues and crises.

Omaha Home for Boys

4343 N. 52nd St.; 402-471-3121; www.omahahomeforboys.org

The nonprofit, founded in 1920, provides a behaviorally based residential program for at-risk youth as well as transitional living and independent living programs for young men and women.

Project Harmony

11949 Q St.; 402-595-1326; www.projectharmony.com

Provides immediate and sensitive support to children who are victims or suspected victims of abuse and neglect and their non-offending family members. Co-housing in one facility: Project Harmony, the Omaha Police Department-Child Victim/Sexual Assault Unit, and Nebraska Health and Human Services-Child Protection Services.

St. Martin de Porres Center

2111 Emmet St.; 402-453-6363; www.ccomaha.org

Educating and empowering families and senior citizens to improve their quality of life through senior services, a food pantry and community support and advocacy. Operated by Catholic Charities of Omaha.

Youth Emergency Services

2679 Farnam St., Suite 205; 402-345-5187

YES helps homeless and at-risk youths get back on their feet in whatever ways possible. After meeting their immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, YES creates a support system that helps them flourish.


Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging

4780 S. 131st St.; 402-444-6536

ENOA serves families in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass and Washington Counties. Its role is to ensure that older adults have access to a continuum of services that help them to remain active, independent and in their own homes for as long as possible.

Family Housing Advisory Services

Main office: 2401 Lake St.; 402-934-7921

3605 Q St.; 402-546-1013

10 S. Fourth St., Council Bluffs; 712-322-4436


Nonprofit, certified, comprehensive housing agency. Services range from prevention of homelessness to home ownership.

Habitat for Humanity

1701 N. 24th St.; 402-457-5657; www.habitatomaha.org

Nonprofit Christian organization that relies on community volunteers to partner with low-income families to build and renovate homes.

Project Houseworks

2316 S. 24th St.; 402-965-9201; projecthouseworks.org

Formerly Rebuilding Together Omaha. Preserves and revitalizes homes and the community, ensuring that low-income elderly homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence. Has programs to respond to serious emergency needs.


Consulado de Mexico

7444 Farnam St.; 402-595-1841; consulmex.sre.gob.mx/omaha/#popup

Headquartered in Omaha; serving Nebraska and Iowa. Passport, visa, identification card and protections information and other services.

International Center of the Heartland

1941 S. 42nd St., Suite 402; 402-536-3500; www.lfsneb.org/community/nac.asp

A program of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska providing social services to new Americans and serving as an educational resource to employers and human service providers. New American populations include immigrants, refugees, human-trafficking victims, parolees and asylum seekers.

Latina Resource Center

5211 S. 31st St.; 402-939-4625; www.ccomaha.org

Located inside the Juan Diego Center. Services for Latina women, including basic English instruction, health and family-life education, nutrition and parenting classes, support groups, domestic violence counseling.

Latino Center of the Midlands

4821 S. 24th St.; 402-733-2720; www.latinocenterofthemidlands.org

Nonprofit center provides basic adult education; student and parent engagement services in the public schools; social services navigation; basic needs assistance; legal and immigration services. Bilingual staff.

Omaha Together One Community

3647 Lafayette Ave.; 402-344-4401; www.otoc.org

Multi-ethnic, interfaith group seeking to strengthen community through leadership seminars, research, public discourse and collective action. Located in Augustana Lutheran Church.

Refugee Empowerment Center

3610 Dodge St., Suite 100; 402-554-0759; refugeeempowerment.org

The center helps resettle and empower refugees to become self-sufficient through direct services and educational programs. It aims to build relationships and a cross-cultural understanding between the Omaha and refugee communities. Services include English instruction, driver training, employment services, financial literacy, health education, parenting classes and more.


Urban League of Nebraska

3040 Lake St.; 402-453-9730; www.urbanleagueneb.org

Community-based movement devoted to empowering African-Americans through education, job training, family programs and more.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

1717 Ave. H, Council Bluffs; 800-375-5283, 402-633-4000; www.uscis.gov

The Omaha district office provides immigration-related services in Nebraska and Iowa. By appointment only. Appointments should be made online.



3223 N. 45th St; 402-455-7807; www.abideomaha.org

An inner-city, nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the inner city, one neighborhood at a time. The focus is on developing healthy neighborhoods through four key areas: community building, family support, housing and partnerships.

Center for Holistic Development Inc.

6502 Sorensen Parkway; 402-502-9788; www.chdomaha.org

Professionals offer assessment and counseling, crisis intervention, group support, parenting and other helpful life-skills-building programs. Outpatient counseling and other support and educational services available.

Community Health Charities of Nebraska

212 S. 74th St., Suite 205; 402-614-8500; www.chcne.org

Represents partnership of 22 health charities working to improve the health and wellness of Nebraskans through a workplace giving campaign. Connects employees to health and wellness information, volunteer opportunities and the ability to direct donations to the local health charities of their choice.

Good News Jail and Prison Ministries

Douglas County Criminal Justice Center: 1709 Jackson St.; 402-599-2597

Douglas County Correctional Center: 710 S. 17th St.; 402-599-2294

Sarpy County Jail: 1208 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion; 402-593-2178

Pottawattamie County Jail: 1400 Big Lake Road, Council Bluffs; 712-890-2245

www.goodnewsjail.org; www.facebook.com/goodnewsjail.nebraska.iowa/

Chaplains provide a variety of Bible-based programs for inmates, staff and families.


1314 Douglas St.; 402-444-1388; www.goodfellowsomaha.org

Goodfellows’ emergency fund is designed to assist people with one-time, urgent needs that cannot be met through other sources. Emergency rental and utility assistance, holiday meals and shoe and clothing funds for families, individuals and underprivileged children. Every dollar donated goes directly to those in need.

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy

10130 S. 222nd St., Gretna; 402-359-8830; www.hetra.org

Offers therapeutic horse riding and carriage driving, hippotherapy and a veterans program. Serves both children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual or hearing impairment, autism, developmental delays and strokes. Offers summer camps.

Hogan’s Junior Golf Heroes

Steve Hogan Golf Course: 6315 N. 30th St.

Administrative offices: Westwood Heights Golf Course; 12929 West Center Road; 402-915-3929; www.thefirstteeomaha.org

Youth development organization and nonprofit chartered by the World Golf Foundation to deliver golf and life skills programming to youths in the Omaha area. Mission is to impact the lives of youths by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through golf. Summer programming sites include the Steve Hogan Golf Course at Miller Park, Spring Lake Golf Course and Westwood Heights Golf Course.

Jewish Federation of Omaha

333 S. 132nd St.; 402-334-8200; www.jewishomaha.org

Umbrella organization that fosters a positive Jewish environment in which to build, strengthen and preserve Jewish identity and traditions. Includes the Center for Jewish Life, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Social Services, Institute for Holocaust Education, the Jewish Press, the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Family Service.

Aksarben Foundation

7101 Mercy Road, No. 320; 402-554-9600; www.aksarben.org

A civic and philanthropic organization with a mission to “leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.” Activities are designed to promote community enhancement, youth development and heartland development. Funds and awards needs-based scholarships, promotes cultural heritage through community celebrations, agricultural education programs and youth events, honors community leaders, and engages regional and national leaders in education and agriculture.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Lincoln main office: 402-471-3121 Douglas County offices: 5211 S. 31st St., 402-595-1787; 1313 Farnam St., 402-595-2890; 1215 S. 42nd St., 402-595-2665; 1500 N. 24th St., Suite 102, 402-595-3700


Government agency responsible for coordination, funding and oversight of state behavioral health services, child welfare, adult protective services, developmental disabilities, economic assistance programs, Medicaid and public health including the licensure of health and other professions and facilities, as well as state veterans homes.

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs

301 Centennial Mall South, 1st floor, Lincoln; 402-471-2458; veterans.nebraska.gov

Information on veterans’ rights and benefits, Nebraska’s veterans homes, county offices, and links to other federal and state sources of information.


Nebraska Humane Society

8929 Fort St.; 402-444-7800; www.nehumanesociety.org

Provides services for all pet basics. Offers behavioral advice, animal shelter, animal control, dog day care, a low-cost spay/neuter center, obedience classes and adoption.

Omaha Police Foundation

402-345-5401, ext. 102; www.omahapolicefoundation.org

Works to ensure that Omaha’s officers have the training and equipment they need to prevent crime, save lives and make the city a safer place.

Omaha Public Library Foundation

215 S. 15th St.; 402-444-4589; www.omahalibraryfoundation.org

Raises funds and advocates for the Omaha Public Library.

Outlook Nebraska Inc.

4125 S. 72nd St.; 402-614-3331; outlooknebraska.org

Empowers people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their life goals through employment, workplace training and recreational and cultural opportunities. Operates a manufacturing facility where nearly 70 percent of the workforce is legally blind.

Radio Talking Book Service

7101 Newport Ave., Suite 205; 402-572-3003; www.rtbs.org

Serving people with visual or physical disabilities that prevent them from reading printed material. Nebraska’s only audio and information reading service. Lends radios free of charge. Serves Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

Salvation Army

Divisional headquarters: 10755 Burt St.; 402-898-7700; www.salarmyomaha.org

Evangelical Christian ministry offering transitional housing, mental health services, adult rehabilitation center for men, food pantry, disaster-relief programs, health and fitness programs and more.


Council Bluffs locations: 1836 Madison Ave.; 712-256-6300 717 W. Broadway; 712-256-9985 www.hopenetministries.org

Part of Hope Net Ministries. A nonprofit, faith-based organization providing families and individuals with the tools and resources they need to break the cycles of addiction and poverty. Volunteer-run thrift store sells used clothing, toys, household goods, furniture, jewelry and linens.

Stephen Center

2723 Q St.; 402-715-5442 Thrift store: 5128 S. 24th St.; 402-614-1017; www.stephencenter.org

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, emergency shelter for homeless men, women and children, thrift shop, transitional living program and permanent supportive housing.

Take Flight Farms

1004 Farnam St., Suite 400; 402-930-3037; www.takeflightfarms.org

Offers equine-assisted therapy and learning programs for those with social or mental health needs, including anxiety, eating or behavioral disorders, divorce, grief and loss, and more.

United Way of the Midlands

2201 Farnam St.; 402-342-8232; www.uwmidlands.org

Focuses the efforts of many to help neighbors stand strong — by addressing basic needs and fostering success in the classroom and the workplace.

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