STORIES OF CHANGE

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"They explained to me that you don’t have to go through this. They’ve given me a lot of hope and courage, and helped me on this journey, and it’s been a hard journey for me." - Nicole, Catholic Charities Council Bluffs Phoenix House client

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

Every year, individuals and families in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area find themselves homeless and in need of assistance. United Way-funded Emergency Shelters provide a temporary safe and nurturing residence for those in need of shelter, providing a stable foundation as clients work to rebuild to ultimately gain stability. Programs continue to address basic needs of clients, including physical and mental health care, food security, and crisis intervention.

Emergency Shelter At United Way

  • 8 Funded Programs
  • $761,600 invested in 2016-17
  • Local nonprofits include Stephen Center, Child Saving Institute, Heartland Family Service, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Omaha, Siena/Francis House, MICAH House, Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines, Council Bluffs

Click the links to learn more about Emergency Shelter programs funded by United Way, and to see the Stories of Change made possible by the generosity of so many in our community. Thanks to you, we are Community Strong.


  • Emergency Shelter Programs Funded by United Way

    United Way of the Midlands is proud to fund 8 programs in the Emergency Shelter area:

    • Campus-Wide Case Management and Outreach, operated by Stephen Center Inc.
    • Emergency Shelter Services, operated by Child Saving Institute, Inc.
    • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Program, operated by Heartland Family Service
    • The Shelter, operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha
    • Emergency Shelter Program for Men, Women and Children, operated by Siena/Francis House
    • Emergency Shelter Services, operated by MICAH House
    • Pettigrew Emergency Shelter Operations, operated by Stephen Center Inc.
    • Phoenix House Domestic Violence Shelter and Sexual Abuse Program, operated by Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines, Council Bluffs

    These programs are doing great things for people in the metro area - click read more to learn how.

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