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Three Boys Town Programs Benefit from $80,500 Grant

Boys Town Nebraska and Iowa families will benefit from an $80,500 grant from United Way of the Midlands. The grant was recently awarded to help fund three Boys Town community programs in Nebraska and Iowa.

“The support of United Way of the Midlands provides an opportunity to further our impact in the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town President and National Executive Director. “We are eager to continue helping families in their own schools, communities, and homes through these important programs.”

The three programs to benefit from this grant are Boys Town Iowa In-Home Family Services, the Boys Town South Omaha office and the Boys Town Ways to Work program.

The Boys Town Iowa In-Home Family Services (IHFS) program received $37,500 and will collaborate with Family, Inc. of Council Bluffs to provide health education, transportation to appointments, health screening, and preventive oral health services to children that Boys Town consultants will refer.

The Boys Town South Omaha office received $5,500 to offer two Common Sense Parenting® classes in collaboration with South Omaha High School. One session will be attended by parents who have students at South Omaha High School. The second class will be offered to students at South Omaha High School who are themselves teenage parents, balancing school along with raising a child.

The Boys Town Ways to Work Program has received $37,500. Boys Town, in partnership with Heartland Family Service, now offers Ways to Work in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro area. The Ways to Work program will provide small, short-term, low-interest loans to 40-50 low-income families on a yearly basis. The loans will finance the purchase of an automobile to be used primarily for transportation to work, school, and childcare facilities and will enable individuals with challenging credit histories to remain in or move forward in their jobs and become banked by traditional financial institutions.