Community Resources

Employment Services

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.

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.

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.

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.

Urban League of Nebraska - Employment Programming

3040 Lake Street - 451-1066: Employment workshops, work experience, skills training, job fairs, and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Heartland Family Service-Holiday Assistance Programs

Adopt-A-Family Program, Toy distribution, and meals available to current Heartland Family Service clients. Clients must dign up for these services through an Heartland Family Service staff member.

Heartland Hope Mission (formerly Mission for All Nations)

5210 South 21st Street - 733-2077:  Provides a special Thanksgiving pantry that includes a 7 day supply of food and food appropriate to make a Thanksgiving meal. For Christmas, a party is held which includes food and family activities. Parents receive a bag of toys and gift wrap to give gifts to their children.

Open Door Mission - Timberlake Outreach Center

2107 East Locust - (402) 422-1111 extension 1517: Offers seasonal preventive programs including Back to School Bash, Great Thanksgiving Banquet, Turkey 'N Fixins, Super Duper Give Away and Project Santa.

The Salvation Army - Material Assistance & Seasonal Services (MASS)
3612 Cuming Street - (402) 898-5860: The Material Assistance & Seasonal Services (MASS) program provides Thanksgiving meal deliveries and Christmas programs including Adopt-a-Family and Toyland.

Food - Meals

Broadway Christian Church-Council Bluffs

2658 Avenue A, Council Bluffs - (712) 323-7741: Free hot, home-cooked meals offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:00PM to 6:00PM.

Heart Ministry Center-Sack Lunch Program

2222 Binney Street - 451-2321:  Provides sack lunches with a sandwich, 2 snacks, and a bottled water Monday-Friday from 11:00AM-12:00PM. There are no requirements to receive a lunch other than being present.

Holy Family Catholic Church - Door Ministry

1715 Izard Street - 341-6561:  Food pantry available Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM - 12:00PM. Free lunch program also available Sunday through Friday. Sandwiches and packed lunches are given out Sundays beginning at 11:15AM and Monday through Thursdy beginning at 9:00AM.  Call for information.