You are here

Community Resources



211 or 444-6666:  "2-1-1" is the one stop shop when you're looking for a particular service. If you're in need of food pantries, counseling, utility assistance, or other human service, talk to an information and referral specialist who has the community's most extensive human service database at their fingertips. Nebraska 211 covers the entire state of Nebraska and 8 counties in Southwest Iowa.

Nebraska Client Assistance Program - Hotline for Disability Services

1-800-742-7594: The Hotline provides information and referral to Nebraskans who have questions or concerns related to a disability. This includes information about rehabilitation services, transportation, special parking permits, legal rights, and any other questions related to a disability.  Information is also available at

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Helpline

(800) 862-1889: 24 hour helpline provides information about prenatal care, child development, Medicaid, pregnancy related depression, breastfeeding, immunization, nutrition, and family planning.

Nebraska HIV/AIDS Information Hotline

(800) 782-AIDS (2437): Information and referrals regarding HIV and AIDS.  The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 11:00PM and Saturday/Sunday, 6:00PM to 11:00PM.  For more information, contact the Nebraska AIDS Project (402) 552-9255

Women's Center for Advancement - Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline

24 Hour English Hotline (402) 345-7273

24 Hour Spanish Hotline (402) 672-7118

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Partnership

1313 Farnam on the Mall - 595-1923 or Toll Free 877-201-4141:  Offers individualized assessments for home and workplace modifications to enable people with disabilities to maintain their independence. Services include assistance in securing funding for home alterations and workplace technology, finding accessible homes or making alterations to current homes and rental properties, and exploring technology and other accommodations to increase employment options.


Free online service to list and find assistive technology equipment in Nebraska. Equipment on AT4ALL is available for loan, sale, demonstration, or giveaway. Equipment available includes, but is not limited to stair and bath lifts, wheelchairs, scooters, communication aids, adapted toys, accessible homes, and modified vehicles.

Easter Seals Nebraska

638 North 109th Plaza - 345-2200:  Offers low or reduced interest rate loans in partnership with First National Bank of Omaha for qualified individuals with disabilities who need assistive technology devices or services to remain in their homes or to retain employment.

League of Human Dignity

5513 Center Street - 595-1256 OR 1520 Avenue M, Council Bluffs - 712-323-6863:  Offers assistance and support to individuals with temporary, progressive, or permanent disabilities. Services include information and referral, advocacy, peer support, independent living skills training, assistance in finding and paying for accessible housing, financial benefits counseling, equipment sales, repair, loan, and rental, and finding personal assistants and chore providers.

Rebuild Together Omaha

965-9201:  Provides home modifications to allow elderly and disabled homeowners to stay in their homes. Modifications include, but are not limited to increased lighting, installation of grab bars, ramps, and handrails, and increasing toilet height. Rebuilding Together also provides shower chairs, reachers, and other adaptive equipment.

Computer and Internet Access

Heart Ministry Center - Resource Center

2222 Binney Street - 451-2321:  By Appointment only - assistance with internet job searching, updating resumes, writing cover letters, and applying for benefits such as SNAP Medicaid.

Iowa Western Community College - Adult Learning Center

Omni Center, 300 West Broadway, Suite 12 - (712) 325-3266 or (800) 432-5852 ext. 3266: Iowa Western's Adult Learning Center offers FREE computer instruction for beginners.  Call for assistance.

Omaha Public Library

Basic computer skills classes for general computer use, internet use, email, Microsoft Office programs, online job search, and laptop use. Classes are free to Library card holders. Library cards are free for Douglas County residents. Register for classes by calling any library branch or online at

Child Care

Iowa Department of Human Services - Child Care Assistance (Pottawattamie County)

417 Kanesville Blvd. - (712) 328-5661: Child Care Assistance helps pay for the care of children while a parent or caretaker works or attends school.  Children must be under 13 (19 if the child has special needs) and the parent or caretaker must receive help from the Family Investment Program or meet low-income guidelines.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Child Care

Website contains information on child care options in Nebraska, including a guide listing all licensed child care providers.

Clothing - General

Care and Share House - Free Store

1808 5th Avenue AND 600 South Main Street, Council Bluffs - 712-323-4889:  Clothing, coats, shoes, and small household items available to anyone during open hours. The 5th Avenue location is open Monday and Thursday 9:00AM-12:00PM. The Main Street location is open Monday and Wednesday 5:30PM-7:30PM. www.fifthavenueumc.come/CareandShare

Community of Christ Thrift Store and Food Pantry - Council Bluffs

17 North 2nd, Council Bluffs - (712) 328-8122: Clothing vouchers available once every 3 months.  Accessible Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

First Lutheran Church

542 South 31st Street - 345-7506:  Clothing and household items for those in need. The closet is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-3:00PM.

Heart Ministry Center

2222 Binney Street - 451-2321:  Clothing closet for men, women and children open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The clothing closet may be utilized once every 30 days and there is no limit to how many pieces of clothing a client may take. The clothing closet also houses a play area for children.

Holy Family Catholic Church - Door Ministry

1715 Izard Street - 341-6561:  Clothing pantry for adults and children available Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM - 12:00PM most weeks. Also provides new underwear and socks for school age children annually, typically in July.