(OMAHA, Neb.) Heartland Family Service is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $90,000 one-year grant from United Way of the Midlands (UWM) in support of its Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault (DV/SA) program.

Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, Heartland Family Service will be able to continue keeping victims safe, stopping the violence, and holding offenders accountable. 

The Heartland Family Service DV/SA program provides emergency services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, crisis counseling, Safe Haven concealed shelter, advocacy, therapy, legal, and case management services. The services offered by this program are gender inclusive, and all services are provided at no cost to survivors.

With the support of this generous grant, Heartland Family Service can continue to provide comprehensive, wrapround services to provide immediate safety and assist clients in finding a safe, healthy living environment for themselves and their families away from their abusers.  

The DV/SA program helps clients like Hannah, a young woman who suffered through sexual assault in her home life, a place where most people often feel the safest. With the help of the Heartland Family Service DV/SA program, Hannah was able to utilize legal services, advocacy services, and therapeutic services with our sexual assault therapists. These services helped her to escape the abusive situation, obtain a protective order against the offender, and receive mental health counseling to work through and heal from her trauma.

“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