Community Resources

Emergency Financial Assistance

Together, Inc.

812 South 24th Street - (402) 345-8047 extension 205: Together provides short term financial assistance to residents of Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties for rent, utilities and deposits to individuals and families to avoid or end homelessness.  Funds are limited and available on a first come first served basis.  www.togetheromaha.org

West Central Community Action - Council Bluffs

300 West Broadway, Suite 35, Council Bluffs - (712) 322-2621: The Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program provides payment for fuel bills, repair and replacement of heating systems, emergency fuel delivery, and the purchase of air conditioners and fans for households that qualify.  Income guidelines, printable application, and a list of required documentation is available at http://www.westcentralca.org/Programs/LIHEAP.html

Education - GED and Adult Basic Education

Creighton Educational Opportunity Center

2002 Burt Street - (402) 280-3300: EOC staff will assist persons seeking information or admission into our GED/ABE-Brush-Up classes. GED/ ABE-Brush-Up classes are for those persons who are seeking to obtain their high school equivalency diploma. We provide the tools to prepare students to take and pass their General Education Development test (GED). Class time is customized for each student to allow them to learn at their own pace. All classes are free of charge.  http://www.creighton.edu/eop/eoc/index.php

Latino Center of the Midlands

4821 South 24th Street - (402) 733-2720: Offers GED preparation in Spanish, Spanish GED math tutoring, Spanish literacy, Pre-GED skills development, and computer training.  www.latinocenterofthemidlands.org

Employment Services

Community Alliance - WorkSource Program

4001 Leavenworth Street - (402) 341-5128: Vocational services are available for men and women age 19 and older, with a history of mental illness that has been or is currently being treated and stabilized, identifiable barriers to employment, and a willingness and desire to explore and seek work.  Programming includes career exploration, job placement, and job retention services.  Fees are based on the individual's ability to pay.  Individuals who qualify for assistance under Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation guidelines may receive services for free.  www.community-alliance.org

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership

2406 Fowler Avenue - (402) 453-5656 ext. 212: Offers a 13 week workshop designed for re-entry into the workforce.  The workshop meets twice a week for 13 weeks and covers life, job search, and employment retention skills for individuals struggling to find employment due to a lack of job seeking skills, personal challenges, or the economy.  Call for more information or to register for the workshop.  www.encapomaha.org

Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging - Senior Employment

4223 Center Street - (402) 444-6684: Works with individuals age 50 and over to obtain and maintain employment.  www.enoa.org

Heartland Workforce Solutions-American Job Center

5752 Ames Avenue - (402) 444-4700: Heartland Workforce Solutions offers services to individuals seeking employment.  A variety of services are available including a self-service resource room, job search workshops, computer workshops, training opportunities, and more.  www.hws-ne.org

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Council Bluffs)

300 West Broadway, Suite 33 - (712) 328-3821: Assistance provided for individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, independence, and economic goals.  www.ivrs.iowa.gov

Iowa Workforce Development

300 West Broadway, Suite 13 - (712) 242-2100: Iowa Workforce Development offers services for individuals seeking employment including job matching, career and employment fairs, unemployment benefits assistance, public resource centers, testing and assessment, computer access and training, reemployment services, veterans services, and more.  http://www.iowaworkforce.org/region13/

Nebraska Department of Labor Career Center

5717 F Street - (402) 595-3000: Offers services for individuals seeking employment including internet access, job search assistance, workshops and more.  http://www.dol.nebraska.gov/center.cfm?PRICAT=3&SUBCAT=3Z0

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation

1313 Farnam - (402) 595-2100 and 12011 Q Street - (402) 595-1212: For individuals with documented disabilities.  Assistance with job search, training, assistive technology, independent living and job placement. VR focuses on assisting clients to secure and maintain long-term stable employment in fields which are realistic based on specific disabilities and barriers. Applicants must be medically stable.  www.vr.ne.gov

Women's Center for Advancement (Formerly YWCA)

222 South 29th Street - (402) 345-6555: WCA's Career Services program provides women with resources, tools and services to explore employment opportunities that improve their economic self-sufficiency.  Career Services offers access to online career readiness assessment tools, workshops and professional development courses, resume and cover letter critiquing, interviewing techniques and tips, guidance on dressing for successful interviews, access to the career clothing closet, computer lab time for job search with WCA staff assistance, and annual career fairs.  www.wcaomaha.org

Education - Vocational

Cross Training Center

4256 Redman Ave - 590-2100: A non-profit Christian organization whose goal is to provide life skills, vocational training and job experience for disadvantaged and undereducated men and women.  We help those who have been homeless, incarcerated and living in poverty to become self-sufficient and successful in the home, the workplace and the community.  www.crosstc.com

Food - Government Assistance

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Managed by Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership - 2406 Fowler Ave - (402) 453-5656 or 1908 Hancock, Bellevue - (402) 292-2961: Supplemental food packages available for women who are pregnant, nursing, or have given birth within the last 12 months, infants up to age 1, children up to 6 years of age, and seniors age 60 and older.  Food is available with proof of income, verification of birth, pregnancy, and/or age, and proof of residence.  Individuals receiveing benefit from WIC are not eligible.  http://www.encapomaha.org/What_We_Do/Nutrition_Services/

Food Bank for the Heartland (Omaha Food Bank)

10525 J Street - 855-444-5556 (SNAP Assistance Hotline):  Provides SNAP Outreach Specialists who offer assistance with applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. www.omahafoodbank.org

Iowa Department of Human Services - Food Assistance (Pottawattamie County)

Pottawattamie County Office 417 East Kanesville Blvd., Council Bluffs - (712) 328-5661: The Food Assistance Program helps low income families and individuals in Iowa purchase food.  Applications for assistance can be made online at www.oasis.iowa.gov or in person at your county Department of Human Service office.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)

1313 Farnam Street, 2nd Floor - (402) 595-2880: The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps low-income people buy food.  Applications can be completed at county DHHS offices or online at www.accessnebraska.ne.gov

Food - Holiday Meals and Assistance Programs

First Lutheran Church

542 South 31st Street - 345-7506:  Christmas food baskets for low income families and individuals in the Greater Omaha area. www.firstlutheranomaha.org/outreach

Heart Ministry Center

2222 Binney Street - 451-2321:  Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and gifts for families nominated by Omaha Public Schools counselors or Sacred Heart School. The center is also a distribution site for the Marine Corp Toys for Tots program. www.heartministrycenter.org

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