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Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership assistance programs.

The non-profit Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP) is an organization that
helps others to help themselves. The organization is one of almost ten Community Action Agencies in Nebraska and ENCAP may be the primary center in the state. The Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership primarily serves those who live in extreme poverty. Although most of the assistance programs are offered in Douglas and Sarpy counties, ENCAP also provides programs in nearby Dodge and Washington counties.

Family Development, Emergency Assistance and Outreach Services

Resources, emergency aid and services offered under ENCAP’s Family Development Services are designed to help individuals and families to become self-sufficient in times of need, crises, and/or emergency. FDS services include: Emergency Assistance, Employability and Re-Entry Programs, Health Insurance Navigation, Senior and Youth Programs.

Douglas County and Sarpy County Outreach Services is an option for the poor and low income. Individuals and families living in either Douglas or Sarpy County can obtain assistance when they are in crises. For example, the Sarpy County office helps clients complete the application for health care insurance through the federal government’s Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace, as well as the application for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The office also distributes groceries from the Bellevue pantry and partners with that center. For information on any of these programs, contact 402-292-2961.

The Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership Emergency Assistance Program, called Closing the Circle, helps struggling individuals and families to obtain required resources and services from the community. People must meet income limits. They also need to complete and submit an application that is used to identify needs.

When funding is available, eligible individuals may receive financial assistance for basic needs such as rent, heating bills, or food. Or receive referrals to such resources as LIHEAP or transitional housing units in the region. The Emergency Assistance Program staff can be contacted by calling (402) 453-5656, or find other sources of Nebraska emergency energy bill help.




The federally funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a free supplemental food package to almost 4,000 individuals, senior citizens and families each month. Participants must meet certain program income eligibility standards and must live in Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, or Washington county Nebraska. The Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership  Nutrition Centers are located at the following addresses:

  • 2406 Fowler Ave., Omaha, NE
  • 1908 Hancock, Bellevue, NE

Additional Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership resources

Transportation Services are offered by ENCAP. The agency provides transportation services in the Omaha Metro Community area for groups, the elderly, school systems, students, as well as individuals. Transportation is available to and from education and other events, meetings, and specific appointments. The vehicles available are wide ranging and include buses, vans, as well as wheelchair accessible vehicles.  (402) 453-5656.

Employability and Re-Entry Programs services offered by the non-profit ENCAP are provided under the Opening Doors to Success (ODS) program. The primary purpose of ODS is to provide workshops, education and training sessions to unemployed and under employed individuals, as well as people with challenging backgrounds. Workshops and classes are offered in the areas of employment skills, life skills, and living skills. Scholarships, though very limited, may be available in some situation. To learn more about the ODS program, call (402) 453-5656.

Health Insurance Navigation is supported by funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As a result of these government grants, ENCAP is able to offer individuals and families who live in Douglas and Sarpy county Nebraska answers to questions regarding health insurance, including the Affordable Care Act. This is all offered from ENCAP’s Health Insurance Navigation program. Provided by ENCAP, Certified Health Insurance Navigators hold classes, teach workshops and provide training and outreach events to community members.





Clients of the community action agency can obtain assistance with the health insurance application process, or they tell them where to apply for free health care. Services and advice is available in both English and Spanish. 402-453-5656 or dial 402-212-4475. Sarpy County residents should dial 292-2961.

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) are coordinated as well. Assistance is for anger management, prescription medication management, mental health, substance abuse, as well as psychiatric assessments are available. Some fees on a sliding fee scale may be charged.

Help is available for the elderly. Serving about 80 seniors per month, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership acclaimed and successful Senior Programs include a variety of activities such as the free annual Summer Picnic, the Knitting Group, recreational activities, and special holiday events. In addition, a free monthly senior breakfast includes a presentation by a guest speaker and sessions to deal with senior issues. (402) 453-5656.

Tax Assistance is for those needing help with their taxes, ENCAP’s North (Main) office is available all year long to assist with giving advice and free tax preparation. This is possible through the Omaha Earned Income Tax Coalition. The earned income tax credit has been identified as the number one solution to help both individuals and families move out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency. (402) 453-5656.

Youth Programs are offered by ENCAP. The organization prides itself on offering several programs specifically designed for area youth, including teenagers. Both the First Employment Experience Team (F.E.E.T.), as well as the Successful Academic Learning Team (S.A.L.T.) programs are designed to meet the needs of young people in ENCAP served communities.

The First Employment Experience Team (F.E.E.T.) is offered during the Summer months. It is a 10-week program that includes 2-weeks of learning job searching skills (for example how to complete an application for a job, interviewing successfully, managing time effectively, etc.). For the final 8 weeks, participants work at a specific job site. (402) 453-5656.





The second component is the Successful Academic Learning Team (S.A.L.T.) program, which is available from September through May. It was designed specifically for teenagers, participants learn about employment readiness, job assistance, learning health and nutrition strategies, as well as pursuing a college degree and even scholarships. 402-453-5656

Locate a local ENCAP office

Locations are Douglas County (North), 2406 Fowler Avenue, Omaha, NE 68111, (402) 453-5656

Douglas County (South), 4920 South 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68107, (402) 734-4110

Sarpy County, 1908 Hancock Street, Bellevue, NE 68005, phone (402) 292-2961


By Jon McNamara

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