Nebraska 211 launches new program aimed at helping senior citizens

Originally Posted: February 19, 2024

Nebraska 211 launches new program aimed at helping senior citizens

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A new Nebraska program is designed to help senior citizens facing hardship.

Save Our Seniors was created by the United Way of the Midlands, which powers Nebraska’s 211 24-hour helpline. The line helps connect people to resources that best fit their needs, including financial and housing assistance.

Steve Rippe with the nonprofit tells 6 News the new program is similar, but focuses on senior citizens — a population he said is often overlooked.

“The last fiscal year we assisted over 313,000 interactions through 211, and a large portion were senior citizens,” Rippe said.

Rippe said seniors are helped by trained 211 victim assistance navigators.

Throughout the process, they provide support and follow up with seniors until their needs are fully met.

“The final goal is to be there for everyone experiencing a hardship, and nobody knows until now we’re launching this program,” Rippe said. “It’s our job to outreach to the entire state of Nebraska and make sure every community knows it’s as easy as calling 211 to get the help they need.”

When you call, you’ll immediately be connected to a victim assistance operator.

The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. There is also bilingual staff.

To get help, you can call 211 or text NESOS to 898211.

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