As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough income to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we support programs that promote community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals. 

See the Change in the Kearney Area...

  • Last year, the Minden Senior Center served over 7,418 meals and provided services to 227 unduplicated seniors.
  • 4,111 individuals received food assistance through our CSC’s, WIC, CSFP, and the RAFT program.
  • Over 670 people were served 3,043 food packages through the CSFP program last year; a majority of those were elderly citizens.
  • Compassionate Connections provides services to helps to keep seniors living at home which saves them, their families and our community approximately $448,000 a year.
  • In the Kearney area, 996 individuals in 435 households were housed or remained housed with the assistance of the Homeless Prevention program.
  • 129 families were assisted by the Jubilee Center with rent/utility assistance or small medical needs.
  • In the past year, 64 percent of the RAFT program residents were survivors of domestic abuse and become homeless because of their situation; 78 percent of those residents did not return to an abusive life and became independent.

Overcoming Obstacles

seniors playing cardsNaomi lost her husband about a year ago and her friends and family were worried about her. She had been diagnosed with dementia and was not doing well. Naomi was forgetting to eat and had lost a lot of weight, so one of her friends brought her to the center for lunch. She enjoyed coming and liked visiting with her friends. She continued to have memory problems, sometimes forgetting when she had made a meal reservation and struggled sometimes playing afternoon cards.

After she started coming to the Center on a regular basis, things started to improve. Her friends marveled about how much better she was doing, she had gained some weight and her memory has improved tremendously.

Had it not been for her dear friends and the Minden Senior Center, Naomi would not have been able to stay independent in her own home. Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska and the Minden Senior Center focus on helping people and changing lives.