You can help by selecting items from the “Wish Lists” of our different programs. These items are either given directly to the clients, or they provide a more comfortable or enriching experience for our clients as they participate in our programs and shelters. For more information about our Wish Lists, contact us at 402-552-2655.
Family Peer Support
The Family Peer Support program was created with the goal of providing peer support services to families who are currently enrolled in our other Housing, Safety, and Financial Stability programs. The program is staffed by peer support specialists who have their own lived experience with substance use, mental health issues, or homelessness, and who now serve as mentors for their clients and help them increase access to employment, benefits, or other resources their families might need, to be successful in finding housing.
View the Family Peer Support Wish List
Generations Community Center Wish List
The Heartland Family Service Generations Community Center supports the recreational, social, and nutritional needs of low-income senior citizens in our community. Our center offers a variety of activities including classes, speakers, movies, discussion groups, exercise sessions, excursions, and parties, which are scheduled regularly every month. Seniors can gather for cards or bingo, and even have the option to go the grocery store. A nurse is available once a week to offer medical services and answer questions.
Heartland Bridges Wish List
The Heartland Bridges program provides short-term housing for people in transition to and from mental health or substance abuse treatment, support services, and/or the justice system. The goal of the program is to help clients secure permanent housing and connect them with community-based services. Program staff are available 24 hours at the facility for resident oversight and assistance. The facility offers 15 beds, a kitchen, laundry room, and living room.
Heartland Housing Sanctuary Wish List
Heartland Housing Sanctuary is a program of Heartland Family Service that provides services to survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The program includes Sanctuary House, a crisis stabilization shelter for up to 14 individuals or adults with children. The location of Sanctuary House is confidential to protect the safety of both residents and employees. Crisis stabilization and case management services are available 24 hours a day to provide safe housing and support whenever services are needed. Survivors are able to stay at Sanctuary House up to 90 days and each person is offered comprehensive case management and therapeutic services. The program also offers therapy and skills-based groups that are designed to empower survivors to recover from trauma and lead healthy, independent lives. All services received while at Sanctuary House are free to the survivor.
Homeless Street Outreach Wish List
Homeless Street Outreach services are offered to individuals who are street homeless (living on the streets, in abandoned buildings, cars, etc.). Street outreach is conducted on a weekly basis in Omaha and Council Bluffs, in coordination with other agencies. Indicatives are designed to assist individuals in locating permanent housing and gaining accessing to those experiencing homelessness are provided with assessment and case management services. Addressing emergency basic needs such as food, clothing, blankets, etc.
Homeless Services Wish List
The Heartland Family Service Homeless Services programs provide housing assistance and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Our Homeless Services programs use a Housing First and Trauma Informed Care approach. Our programs focus on helping participants to quickly obtain permanent housing and provide support services to maintain housing.
Integrated Health Home Wish List
Integrated Health Home is a service for better coordinated holistic healthcare. Heartland Family Service; Alegent Creighton Health; Children’s Square, U.S.A.; and Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa are working together to establish innovative strategies to provide you with holistic care that focuses on your wellness. It is a way of caring for your total health.
One Oak Wish Lists
Heartland Family Service One Oak therapeutic school provides alternative education for at-risk youth with behavioral or mental health challenges. One Oak is housed in a historic mid-century building with abundant natural light, a centrally-located outdoor classroom, a gymnasium, an outdoor basketball court, a playground, and a community garden. The school also features a game room, a library, and mindfulness center to better support our students’ academic, emotional, and occupational needs. One Oak staff value inclusion and diversity and welcome students of every race, religion, and socioeconomic background.
Safe Haven Wish List
Services at the Heartland Family Service Safe Haven Emergency and Transitional Shelter are provided to victims of domestic violence as a means of protecting victims from the threat of further abuse. Residents may stay up to two years while they stabilize their living situation. Safe Haven residents are assisted by program staff to develop short and long -term planning goals such as securing employment or other financial assistance and seeking permanent housing.
Therapeutic School Wish List
At the Heartland Family Service Therapeutic School, we work with students and families to overcome the obstacles in their academic, social, and emotional progress. Our innovative approach provides a full day of academic and therapeutic programming for special needs students with major mental health diagnoses. Youth in kindergarten through 12th grade come to us from 29 schools across southwest Iowa to achieve academic success.