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Building Stronger Families

Building Stronger Families

We help families break out of poverty and provide resources
that enable both children and parents to thrive.

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Approximately 19 percent of children in the Omaha metro live below the poverty line.

Many of these children will continue to struggle with poverty as adults if the cycle is not halted.

We believe in giving children and families a chance at a better life.

That's why we come alongside parents to strategize a realistic plan for halting the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Tools and resources like budgeting and financial planning classes, Early Head Start, after-school programs, and summer camps for their kids help make that plan a reality.


The Salvation Army of Omaha helps equip families through:

Omaha Kroc Center

There's something for everyone at the Kroc Center: fitness and recreation, art and music, worship and spiritual growth, aquatics, live music performances, child care, a teen center, and so much more. These programs offer opportunities for families to stimulate their minds, bodies and spirits together. Learn more.

After-school programs

Across America, 1 in 5 kids are alone and unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m., leading to a sharp rise in juvenile crime and victimization. Our after-school programs at the Omaha Kroc Center, Citadel Worship Community Center and North Corps Community Center diminish that risk by providing a safe place for kids to socialize and enjoy fun, enriching educational opportunities. While kids benefit from homework help, literacy building, tutoring and Bible study, parents can focus on their jobs knowing their children are safe in a supervised setting.

Summer camps

Children growing up in low-income families don't always have opportunities to engage in new experiences or explore the great outdoors. At our day camps and overnight summer camps, kids play sports, learn to swim, enjoy arts and music, and try their hand at new activities like fishing, hiking, archery, boating and camping. This exciting environment also provides added social development and the opportunity to meet new people. Learn more about the Gene Eppley Camp near Bellevue, Nebraska, and the Black Hills Camp near Rapid City, South Dakota.

Pathway of Hope

Our Pathway of Hope program specifically aims to halt the cycle of intergenerational poverty by offering a strengths-based casework approach to families with children 18 years of age and younger. Services include financial counseling and planning, job training and referrals, assistance with housing, and spiritual support. Client data shows a marked increase in stability and earned income for participants enrolled in the program. Pathway of Hope works with people where they are, offering practical guidance to help families achieve their big-picture goals, one step at a time.

Early Head Start

Our Early Head Start program is a federally funded center-based program that serves low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and families. We come alongside parents to enhance their children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, in addition to providing the support and resources to fulfill their parental roles and move toward self-sufficiency. Pregnant women also find help accessing prenatal and postpartum care. Learn more.

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Children who live at or below the poverty line are more likely to live in poverty as adults.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you support Pathway of Hope, which aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

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Children and teens who are alone during after school hours are more likely to commit a crime or be victimized themselves.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you support after-school programs that offer kids a safe, enriching environment to socialize and learn.

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Kids from low-income families often don't have the opportunity to engage in new experiences.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you support summer camps that introduce kids of all ages to new friends, fun activities and the great outdoors.

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