When there is someone in your family with special needs, you may find yourself looking for answers. Answers4Families.org is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance.
Asian Community and Cultural Center
The mission of the Asian Community and Cultural Center is to support and empower Asian people while sharing Asian cultures with the entire community through its programs and services.
Assistive Technology Partnership
The Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) is dedicated to helping Nebraskan’s with disabilities, their families and professionals obtain assistive technology devices and services.
Catholic Social Services (CSS) of Southern Nebraska
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is a faith-based agency that serves the public by providing services for those in need. CSS traces its beginnings to 1932 when Bishop Louis Kucera founded CSS to respond to the needs of persons suffering the effects of the Great Depression.
Center for People In Need
The mission of the Center for People in Need is to provide comprehensive services and opportunities to support low-income families and individuals. The Center provides for the emergency, basic needs of families through delivery of direct services. It actively advocates for systemic changes through federal, state and local policy makers. It also develops and supports educational programs, increased job training, and improved computer skills for low-income workers.
Clyde Malone Community Center
The Malone Center believes that enhanced understanding between all groups of people will create a better community. For decades the Malone Center has served neighboring families, youth, seniors and the Lincoln community with inclusive “social, cultural, education, employment and welfare” services.
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (formerly Lincoln Action Program) is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving Lancaster and Saunders Counties in Nebraska. It helps families in crisis meet their basic needs, helps individuals attain their educational and employment goals, and ultimately helps people strengthen their own families.
El Centro de las Américas
El Centro provides Lincoln, Nebraska’s Latino community with a broad range of vital services designed to enhance each individual’s capacity to become an integrated and engaged member of local society. El Centro’s mission is empowering Latino families to achieve self-sufficiency and personal growth through the provision of bilingual educational, social, and health services.
Friendship Home exists to support, shelter and advocate for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Good Neighbor Community Center
The Good Neighbor Community Center provides emergency food, clothing, and household items in a kind, understanding environment. Each client is personally welcomed through an individual interview and encouraged to participate in the center’s programs. The center offers ESL classes, GED classes, a mom’s support group, and a variety of other programs.
Indian Center, Inc.
The Indian Center is an integral and vital part of the City of Lincoln’s human service network serving not only Native Americans but non-Natives as well. From its Headquarter office in Lincoln, the Center provides a continuum of human services on a state-wide basis from its satellite offices in Omaha, Scottsbluff, and South Sioux City.
Latino American Commission
The Latino American Commission serves as a link between the Nebraska State Government and the Hispanic/Latino Community. It assists constituents through empowerment and referrals. The Latino American Commission is comprised of nine commissioners from across the State of Nebraska and one commissioner who serves as the Governor’s representative.
Legal Aid of Nebraska
Legal Aid of Nebraska provides dignity, hope, self-sufficiency and justice through quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. The fundamental goal of legal aid services is simple—to provide free legal representation to underprivileged citizens and to cultivate self-sufficiency among their clients. In addition to representing clients in federal, district, and tribal courts as well as state and federal administrative tribunals, Legal Aid of Nebraska is found at homeless shelters and ethnic centers catering to the legal needs of the state’s poverty-stricken along with refugees and other new Americans.
The mission of the Lincoln Literacy is to assist people of all cultures and strengthen the community by teaching English language and literacy skills. Programs offered include Adult Basic Literacy, ESL, Health Literacy, Workforce Readiness Classes for Refugees, Family Literacy Activities for Immigrants and Refugees (FLAIR), and Citizenship programs.
Lutheran Family Services (LFS) of Nebraska
Lutheran Family Services (LFS) of Nebraska is a faith-based, not-for-profit, multi-service human care agency with more than 30 locations across Nebraska and locations in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Wichita, Kansas. The mission of LFS is to provide human care services that builds and strengthens individual, family and community life. LFS’ services-ranging from prevention to intensive treatment-are as diverse as the people LFS serves. LFS’ programs and services are available to everyone regardless of age, race, religion or income.
Nebraska Appleseed is a non-profit, nonpartisan public interest law firm that works for equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed uses litigation, public policy reform, and community education to positively impact low-income families, immigrants, children in foster care, and access to health care.
Nebraska ChildFind provides information to parents, school personnel, and service providers on child development and special education for children from birth (or date of diagnosis) to age 21. ChildFind also helps parents access information on rights and resources to help them advocate for an appropriate education for their child.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
The Department of Health and Human Services provides important and, oftentimes, life-sustaining services to Nebraskans. These services include educating and protecting people through public health efforts; assisting the elderly, the poor and those with disabilities; providing safety to abused and/or neglected children or vulnerable adults; or serving those in need of 24-hour facility care.
Nebraska Early Development Network (EDN)
The Early Development Network (EDN) provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and their families with the belief that parents know what is best for their families. These services are designed to act on what families think is important for their child and family. The Network is staffed by friendly, supportive people who listen to and respect families. The Network also can connect families with other families who have had similar experiences.
Nebraska Head Start Association
Head Start has provides quality, comprehensive services – in education, nutrition, family support, and parent involvement – to prepare low-income children and their families for school and give them a “head start” in breaking the cycle of poverty. Other Head Start Programs offered in the state include Migrant and Tribal.
Proteus, Inc. is an Iowa-based private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers, immigrants, and others since 1979. Proteus has been serving the Hispanic and Latino communities in Nebraska, Iowa, and Indiana for more than 30 years through grant related funding.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army offers centers of worship, learning and service which incorporate a vast range of programs that encompass people of all ages. Whether one is looking for meaningful volunteerism, diverse music opportunities, uplifting women’s ministries, lively senior clubs, or after-school activities for one’s child, the Salvation Army corps community centers are a place one can belong.
Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA)Omaha
SSCA Omaha’s mission is to resettle refugees, provide programs to assist into their transition, and promote cultural, educational, social and economic development opportunities in their new communities. SSCA program participants establish a new life in Omaha, founded on the dignity of economic self-support and inclusion in opportunities which Americans enjoy.
Star Tran Bus company of Lincoln, Nebraska provides low income bus fare rates based on income guidelines. It currently has 14 weekday fixed-routes with an abbreviated Saturday schedule and no Sunday service. It operates between 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor.
Voices of Hope
Voices of Hope’s primary focus is on the provision of crisis intervention, advocacy and prevention services for domestic violence, sexual assault, and incest.