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UWM will ensure that by 2025, over two million services addressing basic needs will be delivered to our neighbors living in or at risk of poverty.

To provide the crucial safety supports through the network of programs offered by local shelters, food pantries, access and referral centers, domestic violence programs, health clinics and school based programs.


1. Provide 35,000 critical safety net services to community members.

2. Provide 53,000 referrals to services and supports through Nebraska’s 2-1-1 and partner agencies for people seeking information on community resources.

The Challenge

With over 107,000 individuals in our family living below the federal poverty level and thousands more at risk for poverty ensuring critical supports are available for those experiencing crisis has always been at the heart of UWM’s mission. Data shows that over 1,500 people in the Omaha metro area are homeless on any single night.  Across the metro area, some 97,000 people experience uncertainty regarding their next meal.  One in four women, and one in seven men, have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.  Children who witness such violence are more likely to have poor health and difficulty in school.  The impacts of such trauma continue into adulthood which makes early interventions and crisis supports imperative.


  • Provide access to a coordinated and fully-integrated system that improves access to emergency shelter, emergency food and/or crisis interventions.
  • Employ formal screening procedures to identify and meet client needs.
  • Provide access to immediate safe shelter and support services for individuals and families impacted by violence.
Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

There were more than 1,800 substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect across Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties in 2015.

Annie Casey Foundation / Kids Count Reports for Nebraska and Iowa.

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

911 took 16,866 calls pertaining to domestic violence in 2015.

2015, Domestic Violence Fact Sheet published by the Domestic Violence Council of Omaha

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

More than 1,500 people in the metro are homeless on any given night.

2015, MACCH 2016 Annual Report

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

More than 50,000 people in our community spend more than 30% of their total household income on rent.

2015, Gross Rent as a Percentage of Household Income (GRAPI) from the American Community Survey, 2015 5-year Estimates, DP04 – Selected Housing Characteristics.

2017 Results


housing assistance services were provided.


services were provided to support victims of domestic violence.


referrals were routed through the 2-1-1 helpline.
The areas of investment
Disaster Cycle Services
Neighborhood Centers
Disaster Response/Preparedness
Material Assistance and Community Resource Referral
Neighborhood Centers
Legal Services
Food Security

Meal Programs

Housing Support 

Emergency Shelter
Transitional Shelter
Case Management

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Shelters
Violence Prevention and Education

From Our Blog

Community Spotlight: Domestic Violence

UWM joins community efforts to spread domestic violence awareness in October Often overlooked or misunderstood, domestic violence is a community health issue that impacts one in three women and one in seven men in our metro. Last year local organizations received more...

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Women’s History Month

Empowering women through leadership and strategic investments. March is a busy month! It’s a time when people are in the throes of filing their taxes, planning spring break with the family and getting excited about the upcoming warm weather. This month is also time...

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Community Spotlight: Celebrating the 2-1-1 Helpline

Connecting people to services that will help them live their best life! There's much to celebrate! On February 11th, United Way's 2-1-1 Helpline celebrates "2-1-1 Day" and 15 years of service to Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.  The 2-1-1 helpline, managed by United Way...

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2-1-1 Helpline Provides Local Resources in the Metro Area

The 2-1-1 helpline is increasing access for those in need throughout Nebraska and Southwest Iowa by providing free connections to local services through text message. Users can now connect to an information and referral specialist by texting their zip code to 898211....

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: A Multi-generational Approach

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: A Multi-generational Approach Symposium Series: June 2017 Poverty is a complex condition that cannot be addressed with a single solution. It affects individuals, families, neighborhoods and entire communities. Its impact is felt by...

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