Child & Family Well-Being
These community centers and services span the entire lifespan. From early childhood education programming to therapeutic intervention for troubled teens to social and nutritional offerings for seniors, participants in our programs receive education and support today in order to have a brighter future.
This program assists parents in building healthy relationships during critical early years of his or her child’s life. Three programs are offered to accommodate interests and schedules of parents: development newsletters, socialization groups, and home visits.
Eligibility: Parents ages 22 and older, residing in Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
Generations Community Center
The Heartland Family Service Generations Community Center offers recreational, social, and nutritional programs to meet the needs of seniors ages 60 and older. There is no cost for membership. The center serves an Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA) sponsored lunch each day at noon for seniors age 60 and older for a suggested $4.00 contribution. Individuals below the age of 60 are welcome to participate in the meal program for $10.00 per meal. The Generations Community Center offers monthly, live musical entertainment. The weekly activity calendar is created from the suggestions of attending senior members, which includes crafts, Bingo, outings, low-impact aerobics, weekly Bible study, various support groups, a book club, and a gardening club.
Eligibility: Seniors ages 55 and over.
Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones
Substance abuse prevention program for 3- to 6-year-old children. The program is taught in early childhood settings to help children build skills for growing in healthy ways. HALO adopts a positive approach that continues to empower children with knowledge and confidence to understand that choices are healthy or harmful, through songs, games, and hands-on activities. To order visit HALOforKids.org
Eligibility: HALO is available for purchase nationwide.
Home-based services designed to reduce or eliminate neglect, abuse, or exploitation of youth unable to protect themselves.
Family Support Services: Focuses on preserving the family unit or reunifying the youth with his or her parents, foster family, grandparents, guardian, or primary caregiver.
Parenting Time: Works to sustain the bond between children and their parents/guardians while the child is removed from the home.
Eligibility: Families involved in the State of Nebraska due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect. Services provided primarily in Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties in Nebraska.
Positive Parenting Group
Parenting classes for socially and economically challenged families. This 12-week course that focuses on teaching nurturing parents skills also offers transportation and free child care, and is available in Spanish and Karen/Burmese.
Eligibility: Families with children, birth to age 12. Services are provided in Douglas County in Nebraska
Ready in 5
Program that seeks to prepare preschool age refugee children and their parents for the American school system through in-home groups and a center-based site. Staff also assist families to enroll in kindergarten, preschool, and Head Start.
Eligibility: Refugee families with children 3-6 years of age. Services are provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.
Funding: This program is made possible with generous support from the Lincoln Financial Group, the Kiwanis Club of Omaha, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and United Way of the Midlands.
Advocacy and case management services for refugee minors in the juvenile justice system and their parents. The advocate acts as a resource and liaison between the justice system and the refugee, reminding the minor and his/her family of any appointments and actions that need to be taken. Advocates speak common refugees’ languages: Karen, Karenni, Burmese, Nepali, Mai Mai, Arabic, Nuer, and Dinka.
Eligibility: Refugees age 18 and under referred by the juvenile justice system. Services provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.
This course is based on the principles of Restorative Justice that helps offenders acknowledge the harm their crime had on the victim and to the community. Classes are for youthful offenders referred from Douglas County Probation and Diversion and adults in Douglas County Corrections.
Eligibility: Youth referred by Douglas County Probation and Diversion. Adults in Douglas County Corrections. Services provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.
Ruth K. Solomon Girls
Established in 1966, the Heartland Family Service Ruth K. Solomon Girls (RKSG) program is the oldest community program in Omaha serving girls and young women. Even as our program continues to evolve, our commitment to the mission remains the same: inspiring girls to discover their individuality, helping them develop their full potential, and achieving a sense of responsibility to themselves, their families, and their community.
The new RKSG program model was developed with feedback from families in the community. The RKSG program is a year-round, community place-based model where program resources are shared with various well-established community locations, such as churches, community centers, and other out-of-school time community programs. The program supports the needs of girls and young women to empower them to be their best selves, by developing leadership skills, literacy, and artistic expression. It also serves as a support network for the girls and their parents. The RKSG program provides therapeutic groups, mindfulness activities, community events, and support resources that benefit the girls and their families throughout the year.
To provide the best program content that encourages growth and meets community needs, collaboration between RKSG staff and community connections and partnerships continues throughout the year.
Eligibility: Girls and young women ages 5-18 who attend a local school in Douglas County in Nebraska.