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Food Pantry and Clothing Closet

The Heart Ministry Center offers a “choice” food pantry. Pantry clients can choose from a variety of bread, meat, produce, and canned or boxed items. Clients can also shop for 10 minutes in our free clothing closet and can select all of the clothing items their families need. Clients are able to use the pantry and closet once every 30 days.

Wednesdays and Fridays 10am to 1pm
Thursdays – SENIORS ONLY (55+) 10am to 1pm

Porto Medical Clinic

The Porto Medical Clinic provides free basic medical care on a walk-in basis. Creighton University nurse practitioners can treat everyday healthcenterhealth problems like the flu, sore throat or infections. Basic screenings for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as flu shots are available.

Wednesdays and Fridays 9am to 11:30 am

The Porto Clinic periodically schedules other health services like physical therapy, smoking cessation, diabetes education and flu shots.

Gary L. Maag Dental Clinic

Volunteer dentists provide free dental care to clients at the Heart Ministry Center. Dental services are focused on pain alleviation through teeth extractions and cavity fillings. Services are by appointment only.

Social Work and Case Management

The Heart Ministry Center may be able to help with more than just food, clothing and medical care. Center social workers and case managers can meet with clients individually to discuss assistance or referrals to other resources for:

  • SNAP (food stamp) enrollment and recertification
  • Education or employment goal setting
  • Housing
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Personal care items
  • Diapers and baby formula
  • Basic household supplies
  • Transportation
  • Family or parenting support
  • Individualized self-sufficiency plans

Fresh Start Job Training & Placement Program

Fresh Start is a job placement program for Heart Ministry Center clients who desire to find paid employment. Fresh Start provides an opportunity for participants to learn job skills, effective workplace communication and customer service skills while helping to serve others in the community. Through the program, Fresh Start participants work with Center staff to develop and follow self-sufficiency plans to support their long-term success. The Center provides employment placement assistance for graduates of the program.

Fresh Start also provides self-sufficiency programming designed to help clients become self-sufficient. Participants set life goals and work with a case manager to identify and overcome challenges mother_childthat may stand in the way. Participants also attend therapy or support groups, meet with the case manager to work toward life goals, and volunteer to assist other clients at the Center.

Boys’ Mentoring Program

The Heart Ministry Center Boys Mentoring Program provides male role models and positive activities for boys ages 7 to 18. The typical mentoring outing includes a meal, service/work project and fun activity. The program is small to maintain individualized attention and consistent relationships.

Client Volunteer Program

The Center food pantry could not operate without a committed group of volunteers. The Center invites all clients to volunteer and give back to the community. In exchange for volunteering, clients may be able to receive additional food or other basic toiletries and household items.

Additional Services and Classes

The Heart Ministry Center offers other services and programs on a weekly or monthly basis. Attorneys provide free legal advice on civil matters related to family law, employment and landlord-tenant disputes. Bankers are available to answer questions regarding loans, mortgages or debt. The schedule of classes and groups varies, but typically includes job search assistance, parenting classes and various support groups.

Holidays and Other Special Events

Throughout the year, the Center offers various special events to better meet the needs of clients. These special events may include holidaygarden
pantries, back-to-school events, health screenings, community gardening events or block parties. Check the Center calendar or contact the Center to ask about upcoming events.