Heartland Family Service is pleased to announce a recent award of a $143,000 grant from United Way of the Midlands (UWM) for the 2022-2024 Community Investment grant cycle.

Thanks to the generosity of UWM donors, the Heartland Family Service Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program will be able to continue offering the vital services that are offered to the most vulnerable in our community, including in the Safe Haven concealed emergency shelter.

The goals of the Heartland Family Service Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program are to keep victims safe, stop the violence, and hold offenders accountable. The program strives to achieve these goals by providing emergency services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The services include a 24-hour crisis line, crisis counseling, the Safe Haven concealed emergency shelter, advocacy, therapy, and legal and support services.

With the help of this grant, Heartland Family Service is able to offer the comprehensive services for individuals and families including:

  • 24/7 Crisis Line | (800) 523-3666
  • Advocacy
  • Community education
  • Crisis counseling
  • Safe Haven concealed emergency shelter
  • Therapy classes/groups
  • Support groups for women and men

The Heartland Family Service Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program helps clients like Hannah, who escaped sexual abuse in her home life and received legal services through the program to receive an amended protection order against her abuser, as well as therapeutic services to deal with traumatic situation she had been through.

 “Heartland Family Service is so thankful for this generous grant from United Way of the Midlands,” said John Jeanetta, President & CEO of Heartland Family Service. “The grant will help us to continue offering our life-changing services to the many survivors we serve in the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program.”

About United Way of the Midlands:
For the past 99 years, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has used its community-wide perspective to identify local needs that are going unseen or unmet – and how it can partner with corporate, government organizations, nonprofits and donors to tackle them. Today, UWM remains committed to uniting our community’s caring spirit to build a stronger tomorrow. It invests donor dollars in more than 100 local nonprofit programs that, together, form a circle of support around our community. These programs are addressing pressing social and economic disparities and providing the essentials families need to thrive, such as healthy food, a safe place to go after school and job support.

About Heartland Family Service:
Since 1875, Heartland Family Service has responded to the needs of our area’s most vulnerable children and families. Last year, our agency connected with over 140,000 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 19 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.