Dave and Shirley
Dave and Shirley came to Together for rent assistance. At the time, they were staying in a hotel, paid for by Red Cross because they lost everything in a house fire. Dave and Shirley were both unemployed. Shirley had been laid off six months prior from a job that she had held for four years. Dave was unemployed for sixteen months after being seriously injured from a ladder fall. He was having a hard time finding work and obtaining disability.
Dave and Shirley found a landlord that let them move in without having to advance a deposit or rent payment prior to moving in. After meeting with one of Together’s intake workers, they were approved for rent and deposit and received furniture and household items from our store to help get them started.
Together was able to help Dave and Shirley with our own resources, and we connected them to other programs in the community. One of these resources was a disability attorney that helped Dave get disability assistance. Together also connected Dave and Shirley with employment agencies to help them with their job search.
Both Dave and Shirley were very grateful for the time that Together’s staff listened and helped them problem-solve what seemed overwhelming to them.
The Hunger Collaborative includes Together, Heartland Hope Mission, and Heart Ministry Center. The Hunger Collaborative focuses on streamlining and non-duplication of services, while partnering to help people in our community to rebuild housing stability. Services include: case management services and navigation services coupled with choice pantry, financial assistance, healthcare, transportation, legal counsel and material resources such as furniture, kitchen essentials, and clothing. The collaborative also partners with the Food Bank for the Heartland and Gretchen Swanson Nutrition Center. The Food Bank for the Heartland partnership helps us in accessing food supplies and documenting nutritional content of the food we serve clients. The partnership with Gretchen Swanson Nutrition Center tracks outcome reports in regards to increasing food access and reducing hunger of our client population.
MACCH’s main objective is to unite the efforts of shelter, housing, supportive services and faith-based organizations that serve homeless and near-homeless individuals and families in Douglas, Pottawattamie and Sarpy Counties. Together and MACCH are both a part of the Zero 2016 Campaign, “a movement of communities working to end veteran homelessness by the close of 2015 and end chronic homelessness one year later.” They will achieve this by implementing best practices, effectively utilizing existing community resources, and using real-time data to ensure high-quality performance. In addition to Zero 2016, Together is an active participant in numerous MACCH task forces including the Homeless Review Team, Coordinated Entry Task Force, Performance Measurement Task Force, Veteran Homelessness Task Force, and the Diversified Housing Task Force.
Nebraska 2-1-1 keeps an accurate and comprehensive database that you can use to find health and human services to meet your needs. Our database allows you to browse hundreds of health and human services online, learn about specific programs, intake requirements, eligibility, operation hours and more. The database also has information on disaster related services.
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling and support. Together partners with Heartland Family Services’ Outreach Team to locate, engage, and assist homeless individuals.
Community Alliance helps individuals with mental illness achieve their unique potential, and to live, work, learn, and contribute in a community of mutual support. Together partners with Community Alliance to connect clients to mental health services, day programming, and assistance in applying for disability.
Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance is a nonprofit organization that works to create safe and healthy environments for all families in Omaha. They provide training to Together staff on how to properly inspect a home that our clients will potentially move in to and ensure that all properties we are assisting to move our clients and their into are safe and healthy.
The Fair Housing Center’s main goal is to fight housing discrimination across Nebraska and in Western Iowa, and provide investigative services, testing, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referral and community education to Together clients and staff.
Legal Aid provides free legal representation to underprivileged citizens and cultivates self-sufficiency among its clients. They assist Together’s clients with a variety of legal issues ranging from housing, landlord/tenant, and child support issues.
Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR) is committed to making our civic institutions more inclusive among youth and historically disadvantaged and disengaged populations by engaging youth in community and building leadership skills. Together utilizes NCR’s veterans program, “which ensure a smooth transition back into civilian life through job readiness and community engagement programs.”