Community Resources

Child Care

Iowa Department of Human Services - Child Care Assistance (Pottawattamie County)

417 Kanesville Blvd. - (712) 328-5661: Child Care Assistance helps pay for the care of children while a parent or caretaker works or attends school.  Children must be under 13 (19 if the child has special needs) and the parent or caretaker must receive help from the Family Investment Program or meet low-income guidelines.

Clothing - General

Care and Share House - Free Store

1808 5th Avenue AND 600 South Main Street, Council Bluffs - 712-323-4889:  Clothing, coats, shoes, and small household items available to anyone during open hours. The 5th Avenue location is open Monday and Thursday 9:00AM-12:00PM. The Main Street location is open Monday and Wednesday 5:30PM-7:30PM. www.fifthavenueumc.come/CareandShare

Community of Christ Thrift Store and Food Pantry - Council Bluffs

17 North 2nd, Council Bluffs - (712) 328-8122: Clothing vouchers available once every 3 months.  Accessible Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

First Lutheran Church

542 South 31st Street - 345-7506:  Clothing and household items for those in need. The closet is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-3:00PM.

Heart Ministry Center

2222 Binney Street - 451-2321:  Clothing closet for men, women and children open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The clothing closet may be utilized once every 30 days and there is no limit to how many pieces of clothing a client may take. The clothing closet also houses a play area for children.

Heartland Family Service - Sarpy Donations Center

Clothing, personal care items, furniture, and household goods available to current Heartland Family Service clients. Appointments must be scheduled through an Heartland Family Service staff member.

Holy Family Catholic Church - Door Ministry

1715 Izard Street - 341-6561:  Clothing pantry for adults and children available Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM - 12:00PM. Also provides new underwear and socks for school age children annually in July.

Omaha Public Schools - Project Help

Project Help is a resource that assists with providing clothing to qualifying families in the Omaha Public Schools. During the months of September through December 1st, families who have children between the ages of 4-14 or PreK-9th may apply for clothing assistance through the school nurse.


Open Door Mission - Timberlake Outreach Center - King's Closet

2107 East Locust - (402) 829-1510: Timberlake Outreach Center - visit once every 30 days free clothing, toys, shoes, household, diapers & food pantries Walk-in Monday thru Saturday 10am – 5pm.


Project Hope Food Pantry

4205 Boyd Street - 453-7649:  Food, some clothing, and personal care items. Requires a photo ID, social security cards for each household member, and a piece of mail with a current address. Individuals may receive food once every 30 days up to 6 times per year.

The Clothing Closet

7511 South 36th Street, Suite 9, Bellevue - (402) 593-2346: Offers career and interview clothing as well as casual wear for men and women. Call to schedule an appointment.  Open to anyone in need.

The Salvation Army - Material Assistance & Seasonal Services (MASS)
3612 Cuming Street - (402) 898-5860: The Material Assistance & Seasonal Services (MASS) program provides emergency assistance with food, clothing, rent, household items, and prescription drugs.  In addition, seasonal assistance is provided for heat in the winter and fans in the summer.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

2101 Leavenworth Street: The Leavenworth Store will give two (2) free changes of clothes to any person needing them once every 90 days. These clothes may be obtained on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.  The last four numbers of your social security number will be required.  No voucher is required for the free change of clothing.


Clothing - Interview and Career

Heartland Family Service-Career Clothing Closet

6720 North 30th Street - 457-7792:  Interview and career clothing for men and women available to Heartland Family Service clients and individuals referred by other agencies, colleges, and shelters throughout the metro area.

Heartland Workforce Solutions Clothing Closet

5752 Ames Avenue - (402) 444-4700: Heartland Workforce Solutions offers gently used and new men's suits to anyone in need.  There are no eligibility requirements.  Stop by or call to access the closet.


MICAH House Career Closet

1415 Avenue J, Council Bluffs - (712) 323-4416: The MICAH House in Council Bluffs offers a free career clothing closet to anyone in need.  The closet is open Monday through Friday.  Call to schedule an appointment.

Women’s Center for Advancement (Formerly YWCA)

222 S 29th Street - 345-6555:  The WCA Career Clothing Closet provides professional attire to women prepared for job interviews and/or already employed. Access to the Closet requires an appointment to ensure availability of a Wardrobe Consultant to help with clothing selection.

Child Support

Child Support Services

7101 Mercy Road, Suite 310 - 877-631-9973: Offers assistance to custodial parents including location of non-custodial parents and their sources of income (including employers), establishment of paternity, child support, and medical support orders, establishment and modification of support and medical orders, registration of other state's orders for child support enforcement or modification, and enforcement of child support and medical orders.  To apply for services call or apply online.

Iowa Child Support Recovery Unit
300 West Broadway, Suite 32 - 712-242-2358: Child support services include establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing child support and medical orders, collecting support payments and locating non-custodial parents.  Apply in person or download the application online.
Nebraska DHHS - Child Support Enforcement Program

402-441-8715 OR 1-877-631-9973: Child Support Enforcement in Nebraska can help to locate parents, establish paternity, and establish, modify, and enforce child or medical support orders.  To apply for services complete an application online or call for a paper application.