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The goal of Pathway of Hope is to guide families with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. The program offers a strengths-based casework approach and provides services including financial counseling and planning, job training and referrals, assistance with housing, and spiritual support. Pathway of Hope works with Omaha and Council Bluffs families where they are, helping lay out a practical plan to meet achievable goals. For more information, call 402-898-5947.
A parent shouldn't have to choose between filling a child's prescription and paying the electric bill, but sadly, these are often the choices that people living in poverty are forced to make. Our material assistance programs bridge the gap and provide fresh and canned food, clothing and household items, and assistance paying for prescription medications and utilities bills. Seasonal services offer necessities like summer fans that bring relief on a sweltering day, backpacks filled with school supplies for kids returning to the classroom, and toys and meal vouchers for families at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Learn more about material assistance and seasonal services at the Burrows Center.
More than 12% of individuals in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro experience food insecurity, meaning they do not consistently know where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity rates reach as high as 48.5% in areas of north and south Omaha. We are working diligently to address this critical problem by offering multiple food programs in Omaha, including the Burrows Center food pantry, mobile food distribution services, and meal programs for children, adults and the elderly. Learn more about how you can cure hunger in the Omaha metro.
The lack of affordable housing in the Omaha area results in more than 1,400 people in the metro who are homeless on any given day. Our transitional and permanent supportive housing programs address this need and offer specialized housing for veterans and older adults struggling with homelessness. Our goal is that every man, woman and child in our community has a safe place to call home. Learn more about how you can provide housing for those in need.
A Way to Work program provides foundational support to homeless individuals in our community by employing them in the city’s greenhouses and parks. Participants learn valuable skills such as how to be a team player and show up for work on time. The program also offers lunch each workday, transportation, counseling and resume building. Graduates of the program will receive a letter of recommendation and may also have the opportunity for future employment with the City of Omaha’s Parks and Recreation Department.
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