(OMAHA, Neb.) Heartland Family Service is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $30,000 one-year grant from United Way of the Midlands.

Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, Heartland Family Service can continue to offer services through our Positive Parenting Group (PPG) classes and Ruth K. Solomon Girls program, both a part of our Generations Community Center located on our beautiful North Omaha Intergenerational Campus (NOIC).

The Heartland Family Service Generations Community Center offers recreational, social, and nutritional programs to meet the needs of seniors ages 60 and older. PPG classes features parent education programming for socially and economically challenged families to improve their parenting skills and create stronger families. 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 resiliency skills they need to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Ruth K. Solomon Girls program offered by Heartland Family Service helps clients like Keyonna and Mackenzie, two girls who met at the summer program. Both girls found themselves self-isolating in their social lives and lacking in self-confidence. At the Heartland Family Service Ruth K. Solomon Girls program, Keyonna and Mackenzie blossomed together and came out of their shells more and more each summer. The girls learned the importance of self-care, resiliency, and mindfulness, as well as beginning their own small business (a lemonade stand) after attending the “Young Entrepreneurship” series at the Ruth K. Solomon Girls program! The valuable life skills the girls learned at the Ruth K. Solomon Girls program have started them on the track to a happier, brighter future.

“We appreciate our long-standing strategic partnership with United Way and know their investments in our work make a difference, provide hope for the future, and help to save people’s lives,” said John Jeanetta, President and CEO of Heartland Family Service.

About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro 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. Last year, our agency connected with over 79,000 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.