Dear Friend,

We are so grateful for the overwhelming support you have shown for the hundreds of families who were suddenly uprooted from their homes at the Yale Park Apartments at 34th and Lake Streets. Nearly 500 vulnerable children and adults, many of whom have suffered unspeakable trauma as refugees, are now experiencing trauma all over again, as they are forced to leave their homes, despite the deplorable conditions in which many of them had been living. Heartland Family Service is committed to helping hundreds of refugees in our community each year through a number of our programs, most notably Ready in 5 and Refugee Juvenile Justice Advocate (RJJA).

We will be available to assist  the individuals and families for as long as it takes to help them secure permanent, safe housing and emotional healing through this traumatic event.

The needs are many, yet know that HFS is here to do what we do best – strengthening individuals and families in our community through counseling, education, and support services.

Many generous people and businesses have reached out to us, asking how they can help the families involved.

Those wishing to contribute funds can do so at via the “Donate Now” button.

Businesses who are able to donate items on a large scale can do so by calling (402) 553-3000. We are in need of furniture, such as beds, mattresses, tables, and chairs, as well as household items, including bedding, pillows, etc. Landlords and property owners who have rental properties can call the same number.

Individuals who would like to donate new or gently-used clothing and single items of furniture, such as couches, tables, etc., should do so through Mission Church or other nonprofits, such as St. Vincent de Paul, Open Door Mission, and Heart Ministry Center, etc. Restoring Dignity is also organizing churches to sponsor families, and they can be reached at

 Thank you so much for your compassion and generosity – your support will provide these families with the stable, safe, and clean homes they so desperately need and deserve.

 With warm regards,

John Jeanetta
President & CEO
Heartland Family Service