Restoring HOPE

Helping provide Opportunities through Partnerships that Empower Familes

Heartland Family Service’s Restoring HOPE (R-HOPE) program offers a family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent array of services designed to support and stabilize vulnerable youth and their families. The heart of this program is Helping provide Opportunities through Partnerships that Empower Families. R-HOPE’s services are offered by expert human services professionals who are committed to making a lasting impact on the community.

Child and Family Services promote healthy parent-child relationships and are designed to educate and prevent, reduce, or eliminate neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children.

  • Early Childhood Education Specialists share research-based information that supports the impact of healthy attachment on brain development as well as cognitive, social, and physical development. These services are funded by the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative.
  • Family Support Services focus on preserving the family unit or reunifying families by assisting youth and/or caregivers with life skills, system navigation, parenting skills, and goal setting and achievement. These families are referred and funded by the NE Department of Health and Human Services and NE Probation.

Youth Focused Services work to improve outcomes for at-risk or system-involved youth to keep families together and communities safe.

  • Refugee Advocacy addresses the disproportionate contact refugee families have with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Family Partner is a service referred through Juvenile Probation working with families as they navigate a system wrought with barriers and complexity. 
  • Prevention Services is a service developed in partnership with the Omaha Police Department, Project Harmony, and the Missing Youth Taskforce.  Referrals for the service are open. Services may include an in-home approach intended for refugee youth at risk of system involvement.
  • Community Youth Coaching is a youth-guided, family-driven alternative to detention providing innovative, individualized services, strengthening safety through relationship building, skill building, and practicing problem-solving to interrupt cycles of negative behavior. These clients are referred to and funded by Nebraska Probation.

Groups & Classes empower youth and families to improve their overall wellbeing through education.

  • Ready in 5 assists refugees prepare their children for success in American kindergarten by providing weekly educational groups in the community. Parents develop skills in early childhood best practices and are shown ways to integrate cognitive and social skill building as a part of their daily routines.
  • Positive Parenting Group  are offered for parents/ caregivers with children of any age. Nurturing Parenting Program is a 12-week course designed to help parents acquire knowledge and skills to improve overall parenting skills and address known contributors to child maltreatment. Circle of Security Parenting is an 8-week course promoting secure attachment by focusing on the parent/ caregivers’ understanding of their child’s emotional world.
  • Restorative Justice utilize restorative practices to emphasize the harm done to an individual, group and/ or the community due to choices and actions one has made. The group and curriculum work to involve all those affected by the crime in the resolution process and develop new perspectives of healing and hope. The goal is to repair harm and prevent further harm or crime from occurring.