Salvation Army resources in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area can help low income, seniors, children, and the needy get help. Some examples of the assistance programs administered include the Heartland Family Fund, Head Start, senior centers, food, and emergency financial assistance. Details on these and other Omaha Salvation Army programs are below.
In Omaha Nebraska, the Salvation Army runs the federal government funded Early Head Start program. This is offered for pregnant women, their young children and their families. The focus is on infants and toddlers who are three years of age or younger. The goal of the program is to enhance a child’s development, and really enable parents to help their children reach their goals, and to allow them to be good caregivers. Early Head Start is available in Omaha as both a center and home-based service. It is offered for low-income families. It offers them nutrition and health care services, disability services mental health, parent education, weekly home visits, and family gathers. Parents can also get social services from the program, and also enroll in employment programs. Dial (402) 898-7504 for details.
The Salvation Army Heartland Family Fund is for military personnel, veterans, and their families. The program can help qualified families of military personnel who have been deployed in areas around the world. People across Omaha and even the entire state of Nebraska can apply for financial aid and support from the Heartland Family Fund.
If you are found the be qualified, the fund can pay for basic needs including utility and heating bill assistance, free food, prescriptions, housing and rent assistance, emergency needs, baby supplies, clothing and support for various family enrichment activities. Call (402) 898-5860 to apply.
A one-stop community service center is known as the Omaha Area Service Institute for Seniors, or OASIS. This program is run from the Durham Booth Manor, and it is offered for seniors. The center can provide the following to seniors.
Winter Night Watch can help feed, shelter, and cloth homeless people in Omaha. The program operates from around November to February of each year, and during this period the Salvation Army has a mobile unit that travels to where people in need live and meet. The mobile unit delivers free hot meals, blankets and warm clothing to the needy. Staff from the unit can also refer people to local housing and shelter. This mobile unit works with other shelter and food pantry locations that the Salvation Army has in the Omaha Nebraska area. Between these different programs hundreds of people can receive help. Call (402) 898-5900.
Seasonal services, emergency help, and material assistance is offered. This program is known as MASS. Low income people and individuals can receive help with paying for their basic needs. Assistance includes money for rent, free food from the pantry, assistance with household items, prescription drugs, and clothing. Omaha families can also look into Salvation Army seasonal programs such as free fans in the summer, heating bill assistance in winter, Thanksgiving meal deliveries, and the back-to-school backpack distribution. Special Christmas program also operate, and include Toyland, where families pick gifts for their children, as well as the Adopt-a-Family radioathon.
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