Community Response is a free/voluntary program where coaches work with families up to a 90- day period to help navigate and access resources in the community, increase families' protective factors, and problem solve and address challenges a family may be facing.Informational Flyer for Partner Agencies
Eligibility requirements are few. The family must live in Lancaster County, have children in the home or be expecting, and not have an active/open case with NDHHS Children and Family Services (CPS).
The family or young adult typically has one or more of the following challenges: Need more one-on-one support; they have no formal or informal supports in place; they may be new to the community; basic need are not being met; there is a high level of risk for potential CPS involvement; risk factors present related to trauma history (ACEs); no other services available due to eligibiity criteria causing a gap; high level of parental/caregiver frustration or stress.
A coach is assigned to meet with the family and make connections to needed supports. Examples of what coaches can provide:
Families working with a coach are able to access flexible funding which can help pay for items that help to increase the family's protective factors. Examples of items flex fund can help with are minor car repairs, one-time rental deposit, assistance with rent and utilities, home repairs, basic household needs, diapers, costs associated with State ID, pest control, child care enrollment costs, parenting classes, GED costs, work uniform requirements and the like. Flexible funding s not available for same-day support.
Community Response is a primary prevention initiative funded by Nebraska Children and United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. Funded partner agencies provide coaches and therapists and include:
Coaches and therapists are located in the community and also in targeted schools including Belmont, Campbell, Clinton, Dawes, Elliott, Everett, Goodrich, Hartley, Holmes, Huntington, McPhee, North Star, Park, Prescott, Riley and Saratoga. To refer a family, you can contact your school-based coach directly or call our Central Navigator.
To Make A Referral
COMMUNITY RESPONSE COORDINATOR