OMAHA, Neb. – Heartland Family Service (HFS) is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $10,000 one-year grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of United Way’s Community Investment Grant, young ladies in the HFS Ruth K. Solomon Girls program will continue to build resiliency, achieve their full potential, and become successful, thriving members of our community.

The Ruth K. Solomon Girls program offers therapeutic services to girls from low- to moderate-income families in North Omaha to equip them with the skills they need to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. In response to client feedback, this program transitioned from a summer-only program to once again operating as a year-round, community-driven program in 2019. With the help of this grant, the Ruth K. Solomon Girls program will help young women experience a reduction in trauma symptoms with the assistance of therapeutic services provided. In 2019, 15% of participants reported feeling fewer effects of childhood trauma than they did prior to entering the program.

When a young lady named T.S. first came to the Ruth K. Solomon Girls program, she was very quiet and reserved. By her third session, she was noticeably more comfortable and was asking the staff and her peers difficult questions. The compassionate staff in the program helped T.S. find her voice and worked with her to stay calm under pressure and manage her emotions. She continues to stay very engaged in the weekly resiliency group. At one meeting, the girls suggested promoting the group in the school and created a process by which they would nominate a “Leader of the Week.” T.S. was the clear choice of the other young women, with many of them nominating her for the honor of being their leader.

About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area for more than 95 years. Guided by best practices and community input, it approaches poverty in a specific way – a “united” way. With the support of volunteers, community partners, and donors, UWM invests donor dollars efficiently and effectively in our local community. These dollars fund basic needs, education, and financial stability programs at local nonprofits, creating a circle of support for people in need. Please visit unitedwaymidlands.org for more information.

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.