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Salvation Army assistance programs Omaha and Douglas County.

Salvation Army resources in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area as well as across Douglas County can help low income, seniors, children, and the needy get help. Some examples of the assistance programs that are administered in Douglas County include Head Start, senior centers, free food, and emergency financial assistance for rent or energy bills.

There are also free seasonal resources in Douglas County, such as free back to school supplies, Christmas toys or gifts, and winter coats. Referrals as well as case management may also be arranged for qualified clients. Details on these and other Omaha Salvation Army programs are below.

Assistance for students, children, as well as the elderly in Douglas County

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. Single moms and dads may also be able to qualify if they meet income conditions. It offers them nutrition and health care services, disability services mental health, parent education, weekly home visits, and family gathers among other services. Parents can also get social services as well as applications to public assistance such as SNAP food stamps from the program, and also enroll in employment programs. Dial (402) 898-7504 for details. Or find additional public assistance programs in Nebraska.

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.

  • Health and medical clinics as well as basic care.
  • Neighborhood Networks that offers computer access.
  • LIHEAP application site for energy bill assistance.
  • Seasonal events and activities, such as holiday meals and Christmas gifts at the Salvation Army.
  • Assistance from staff members of the the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.
  • A Loan Closet that can offer for temporary use of wheelchairs and walkers.




Salvation Army financial assistance and basic needs programs in Douglas County

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. It could even in fact help a homeless person in Douglas County from freezing to death.

Staff from the unit can also refer people to local housing and emergency shelters, provided beds are available. 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 during the cold winter months. 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. Or they may be directly given the supplies as well. It depends on funding levels and qualifications of the applicant. Assistance includes free food from the pantry, assistance with household items, prescription drugs, and often gently used clothing. Referrals may also be given for other local resources.

A major focus is on stopping homelessness in the greater Omaha area, including outlying suburbs. There are shelters and meals to feed the homeless from the Salvation Army, but homeless prevention also includes a financial as well as budgeting approach that factors in employment as well. Grants, loans, shelters, transitional housing and financial help for back rent or utility bills are just some examples. More on homeless prevention in Douglas County.

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. Many of those focus on assisting children in the Douglas County area.

Special Christmas program also operate, and include Toyland, where families pick gifts for their children, as well as the Adopt-a-Family radioathon. These programs from the Salvation Army are intended to spread holiday cheer. It may go a long way towards ensuring each child has a present to open Christmas morning or every senior has a way to celebrate. Find other sources of free Christmas gifts or toys.





Douglas County and Omaha Nebraska Salvation Army centers

There are multiple locations across the Douglas County area. Find everything from low cost goods at the Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores to emergency financial help, seasonal items, free food or hot meals and other programs in the Omaha region and county.

  • The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center, Divisional Headquarters & Social Services, 10755 Burt St, Omaha, NE 68114, phone number 402-898- 7700
  • The Salvation Army Burrows Center, 6101 NW Radial Hwy, Omaha, Ne 68104, phone number - 402-898- 6090.
  • Citadel Worship Community Center, Huberman-Dietrich Memorial Chapel, 3738 Cuming Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68131, dial 553-5694
  • Council Bluffs Worship Community Center, 715 North 16th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, telephone 328-2088
  • North Worship Community Center, 2424 Pratt Street, Omaha, NE 68111, dial 451-4048
  • Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center - Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 "Y" Street, Omaha, Nebraska  68107-4450, telephone (402) 905-3500


By Jon McNamara

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