The goal of Family and Community Well-being is to provide our clients the tools necessary to live a healthy, self-sufficient, and fulfilling life. We do this by directly interacting with the community, partnering with other organizations, and advocating on our community’s behalf.
By the Numbers
Health and Well-being Pillar
Siembra Salud, or Grow Wellness, is an at-home gardening and health initiative that uses gardening as a catalyst to address comprehensive health and social needs. Trained staff address and improve access to affordable produce in the southeast Omaha community. They also provide education and training for families and community members to build, grow, and maintain their own culturally appropriate home gardens. See this program’s impact in our Cultivating Community video.
Club de Niños Saludables
Club de Niños Saludables, or Healthy Kids Club, focuses on preventing childhood obesity and promoting lifelong health in a fun and engaging way through nutrition education and physical activity. Activities include Zumba, yoga, healthy cooking demonstrations, and other workshops and activities.
Programming within the Family Well-being program strengthens family relationships and supports parents by providing culturally appropriate education and enrichment opportunities through our Bilingual Reading Prime Time (in partnership with Nebraska Humanities) and Strengthening Families 10-14 programs, a parent education program that also engages children.
Additional Health and Wellness FCW Strategies
FCW enriches community health by offering culturally appropriate education, enrichment, and on-site health services. These include community resource and awareness campaigns and distributions, mammogram screenings, flu clinics, zumba and yoga classes, and our annual Women’s Health Conference.
Social Integration Pillar
Community System Support and Referrals
Community system support and referrals equips community members with the knowledge and skills required to navigate key systems and foster their connection to the community.
- Access to legal and immigration consultations through partnerships with Immigrant Legal Center, and the Law Office of Sylvia Rodriguez.
- Direct 1-1 Support: brief translation and/or interpretation of document(s), SNAP application, Dollar Energy Utility Assistance Program.
- Referral Support: Referrals, community resources connection, and awareness to health care, government, legal, housing, social supports, pantry, and education. Referrals done via Unite US referral system and networking.
- Direct support and referral services are strategically integrated into many Family & Community Well-being programs to facilitate wrap-around support.
For our Community (Civic Engagement)
Ensures our community is civically engaged by practicing their right to vote, building awareness of issues impacting our community, and making sure their voices are heard.
- Voter registration, outreach, and awareness
- Advocacy, Census, and GOTV educational presentations and trainings
Comunidades Fuertes, or Strong Communities, bring community members and public representatives together to discuss, connect, and form better relationships through conversations and understanding of public services. Group conversations are held and resources are shared through six sessions with bilingual (Spanish-speaking) representatives from OPD, OFD, City of Omaha, MUD, Immigration attorney, and DHHS.
An HDR Foundation grant sponsored by Jose Labrador supported the Latino Center of the Midlands’ home gardening program known as Siembra Salud, translated as “grow wellness.” But the program is having a snowball effect in people’s lives beyond growing vegetables. It’s opening doors to other programs and cultivating community among immigrant families.