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Resources for Justice Involved Individuals

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Guides

Before you start, read these guides to help you articulate your experiences, situation, and make it appealing to an employer.

Explaining Criminal History

Tough Interview Questions

Tricky Application Sections

 

Steps to Get Your ID

If you need assistance paying the fees, you can call Together Inc. at 402-345-8047. This is not guaranteed, but it is a great start.

Step 1

Get a Birth Certificate – Can be done online, in person or via mail request
Fee $17

Nebraska Vital Records Office:
Phone Number: (402) 471-2871

Email Address: DHHS.VitalRecords@nebraska.gov

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 95065, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5065

 

What if I’m not born in Nebraska? Find the Vital Records Department of the state you were born in by clicking here.

 

Step 2

Get a State ID or Driver’s License
Fee: $29 or $16 if replacement
*At this point, you must have a home address and provide proof of that address
Documents need to present to DMV:

  1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Status, containing Name and Date of Birth, and Identity. Birth Certificate, passport, Employment Authorization Card, Permanent Resident Card, etc.
  2. Principal Address in Nebraska (at least two documents are required dated within 90 days) (bank statement, paystub, federal, state or local government documents, valid, NE vehicle registration, insurance card, voter registration card, blank check)
  3. Applicants must disclose their valid social security number which can be verified through the Social Security Administration or show proof of exemption from the requirement by presenting a valid, unexpired Record of Arrival and Departure in a valid foreign passport (I-94 or I-94A).
  4. See a full list of Document Verification Requirements acceptable items.

 

Step 3

Get a Social Security Card (Easy online application) If you need a computer to do this on, you can visit any library or Heartland Workforce Solutions for assistance.
Fee: Free if lost or stolen
Documents needed to get SS Card: Proof of citizenship (birth certificate and/or Passport) AND another identification document (preferably U.S. Driver’s license or state ID or Passport, but they may accept school ID, health insurance card, U.S. military card)

Local Social Security Office Locations

OLD MILL CENTRE (Usually very busy, so if you can, go to Council Bluffs location)
604 N 109TH CT
OMAHA, NE 68154

Council Bluffs
20 Arena Way
Suite 1
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Phone: 1-866-716-8299

Fax:     1-833-515-0443

Hours:

Monday           9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday     9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday         9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday              9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday         Closed
Sunday           Closed

 

Educational Programs

Trio Educational Opportunity Center

Offers adult basic education courses and provides college enrollment assistance to individuals who express a desire to begin or continue their post-secondary education. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the college admission process. They also help you get your GED and offer tutoring.

 

Learning for ALL

Free Adult Basic Education – GED and ESL classes and assistance.

https://golearnall.org/

 

Metro Community College
(GAP and Adult Basic Education)

GAP Program provides need-based tuition assistance for approved short-term credit and non-credit training programs that are in high-need fields. Gap assistance may be right for you if you are un- or under employed or are looking to up-skill to achieve career advancement.

Programs Offered:

  • Code School
  • Medical Services Representative
  • Pharmacy Technician Training
  • Sheet Metal Training
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • Fiber Optics Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician Training
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Workplace Technology

Complete interest form for GAP

Adult Education: Adult Education offers noncredit instruction to students in the Omaha metro area who are seeking to increase their basic skill level, earn a GED or increase their literacy as a non-English speaker.Adult Education office: 531-MCC-4060 or adultedu@mccneb.edu

Employment and Training Programs

Heart Ministries Fresh Start program

The Fresh Start Job Program provides assistance with mental and physical health, money and household management, workplace communication, and job skills. Participants transition through personal development, job preparation and placement, and even beyond the first six months of employment and independent living. Heart Ministries also offers Fresh Start Laundromat, which is a facility that includes 20 washers and 24 dryers operated by a user-friendly app. The Fresh Start Laundromat offers free and reduced laundry based on need. The Laundromat partners with nearly 30 community organizations to provide laundry services. Heart Ministry also provides food, healthcare and emergency assistance to those in need.

* Heart Ministry receives a portion of their food from the USDA through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, also known as TEFAP. No ID or additional information is required to receive TEFAP food(s) as long as you are under the monthly gross income guidelines and a Nebraska resident.

Contact Information:
2222 Binney Street
Omaha, NE 68110
Phone: (402) 451-2321
Fax: (402) 502- 3568
Contact@HeartMinistryCenter.org

 

RISE

RISE is a Nebraska based non-profit organization whose mission is to break generational cycles of incarceration.  RISE provides a 6-month program in 5 Nebraska Department of Corrections facilities focused on character development, job readiness and entrepreneurship. Once someone has graduated from the in-prison program, they are able to receive reentry services.  RISE reentry then provides reentry planning, case management, peer support, housing support, referrals for mental and physical health, substance use support, transportation assistance, family reunification, and employment assistance.

RISE also aims to create and promote self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship, and economic growth through the RISE Business Academy, which is a 12-week program focused on developing a positive business in the community for those having lived experience within the criminal justice system. Unlike reentry services, The RISE Family Program and Business Academy are open to anyone in the community who has been impacted by the criminal justice system.

Contact Information:
3555 Farnam Street, Suite 222
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
Phone (402) 999-8063
Info@SeeUsRise.org

https://www.seeusrise.org/

 

Project Reset

Project Reset mentors justice involved individuals into careers in the skilled trades and labor industry. Services include one-on-one mentorship, resume building, employment assistance and placement, incentives, and supportive services. Project Reset has partnered with local Unions, Employers, and Federally Registered Apprenticeships to provide entry into paid skilled labor jobs with benefits for Nebraska’s re-entry population. It is Project Reset’s vision to provide tools and support to redirect an individual’s path through education and skill development which will lead to employment in the skilled trades and labor industry.

Eligibility:

-Adults (18+) who are currently justice involved at the felony level or have been in the last 18 months.

-Adults (18+) with past or current gang involvement

*Ability to assist individuals outside of these parameters will depend on available funding

Contact Information:

Fill out intake form online: https://linktr.ee/projectreset402 click “Enroll Now”

or

Contact Program Coordinator:
Phone: 531-239-2406
Email: christine@nebraskaworkforce.org

 

Generation Diamond

Immediate services such as food, clothing hygiene and housing, transportation to appointments, medical and dental care.

Laser tattoo removal may also be available.

generationdiamondcorp@gmail.com

 

 

 

CRED – Short Term Funding

Short-term certification/training/licensure funding (up to $1000, once per calendar year) for those not covered under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Must live in Douglas, Sarpy or Washington Counties. Funding can be used for funding for employment-related needs to earn more at a job, connect to better employment, or maintain current employment. Items the funding covers includes but is not limited to forklift certification, first aid/CPR training, Pre-Employment services (drug screen, physical, union dues), OSHA certification, Work Release Requests, two weeks of Uber/Lyft credits for work, and even DACA renewals. This list is not exhaustive.

Application for CRED

 

Heartland Workforce Solutions
WIOA Adult/Dislocated Worker and Youth Programming

  • Basic walk-in employment services: Job search assistance, resume, interviewing skills,
  • Resources that help you launch a new career
  • Funded Trainings and Certifications
  • A dedicated Career Coach who will work with you to develop an Individual Employment Plan
  • Connections to financial assistance for career training
  • Unlimited access to workshops that help you build a winning resume, LinkedIn profile, interview techniques and more!
  • Access to job leads and job application assistance
  • On the job training opportunities (paid!)

Heartland Workforce Solutions
5752 Ames Avenue
402-444-4700
onestop@hws-ne.org

 

Together Inc

Crisis Engagement: Financial assistance with rent/utilities, housing guidance and housing search assistance, referrals
Choice Food pantry
Diaper Bank
Two locations:
Omaha Pantry is located at 812 S 24th Street, Omaha, NE 68108

Council Bluffs Pantry is located at 3415 Broadway Street, Suite B, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

At home delivery: call 402-850-3759

Rapid Rehousing: MACCH grant and intensive individualized case management, financial assistance, and assistance.

Transportation resources

  1. Ponca Tribe Express – Call 402-438-9224 to schedule a free ride to work or appointments.
  2. CRED grant – LYFT credits for work (up to 2 weeks) – Application Link
  3. UNO, College of St Mary and MCC students usually have a pass
  4. Heritage Health Medicaid provides shuttle – 1-888-255-2605
  5. Project Everlast – 402-384-4670 for those with experience in foster care system
  6. ENCAP – may have funds for bus tickets and sometimes car repairs, has drivers for transportation for career seekers.
    Douglas County Office (Omaha): 2406 Fowler Avenue | Omaha, NE 68111 | (402) 453-5656
    Sarpy County Office (Bellevue): 1908 Hancock Street | Bellevue, NE 68005 | (402) 292-2961
  7. Bellevue Food Pantry: 1912 Hancock Street | Bellevue, NE 68005 | (402) 292-2961
  8. Lift Up Sarpy County – Car Repairs  (402) 293-3842
  9. 3Sisters – Gas Cards – $15 or $25 https://www.3sisters-omaha.com/contact-us