OMAHA, Neb. – Heartland Family Service (HFS) recently received the newly-debuted IDEAL Award from the Human Resources Association of the Midlands (HRAM). HFS was awarded the distinction of THRIVE, the top level of the IDEAL Award, for the agency’s efforts in implementing diversity and inclusion policy in the workplace.

Heartland Family Service was recognized for this award at HRAM’s October chapter program on Monday, October 5. HRAM’s IDEAL Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate commitment across five dimensions – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership.

“Our D&I efforts are part of our strategic plan, created by our Board of Directors and Leadership Team,” said HFS President & CEO John Jeanetta. “So, the leadership of the organization has prioritized these efforts and has done so for a long time now.”

Mr. Jeanetta attributes several factors to the success of the agency’s diversity and inclusion efforts: the allocation of resources and staff to diversity and inclusion work; robust training, support, recruitment, and data reporting programs; and the implementation and development of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

“Our goal is to demonstrate that diversity and inclusion efforts can be implemented by any organization, large or small,” said Carrie Svendsen, HRAM board president.

About Heartland Family Service

Since 1875, Heartland Family Service has responded to the needs of our area’s most vulnerable children and families. In 2019, our agency connected with over 60,000 individuals through direct services, education, and outreach. Our programs serve individuals of all ages — from infants in our Family Works program to seniors in our Generations Community Center. We operate from over 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. We provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community through the following program areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability.

About Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM)

HRAM is the premiere organization for human resource professionals in the Omaha metropolitan area and is the local affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With over 1,000 members, HRAM is a super-mega chapter, one of the largest nationally. HRAM provides its members a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of human capital management. Through educational, developmental and professional interactive forums, HRAM serves the needs of businesses locally.