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, the HFS Ways to Work program provides financial literacy classes and access to reliable transportation for working families with dependent children in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

The Ways to Work program provides short-term, low-interest loans to working individuals and families with credit-challenged histories. Instead of handouts, Ways to Work provides a helping hand up toward a more stable financial future. With the help of this grant, the Ways to Work program will continue to help families take positive steps to rebuild positive credit. In 2019, over 100 clients experienced a three percent increase in income and a three percent increase in their credit score at the time they paid their loans in full.

A client came to the Ways to Work program looking for assistance in budgeting, as well as the opportunity to be approved for an auto loan. While she was working, she was relying on her father to drive her to and from work, which was unreliable at times and caused her to miss work. This resulted in a loss of income, and the client wanted to become more financially self-sufficient. She was approved for a car loan through the Ways to Work program, and over the past year, has made significant improvements in paying down debts.

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.