The mission of ENCAP is to eliminate the causes of poverty by strengthening individuals, families, and communities through self-sufficiency initiatives in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Established in 1965, ENCAP is a non-profit community organization located in the heart of North Omaha. As a Community Action Agency, ENCAP is responsible for providing programming that meets community needs, and responds to the voices of the low-income community.
• 74% of those served lived at or below 100% of the federal poverty level ($24,600 annually for a family of four).
• Single person households (30%) and single parent female households (26%) were the most prevalent family type of those served.
ENCAP staff strive to build relationships with clients based on mutual respect and accountability. We complete a detailed household profile at our first point of contact with individuals or families seeking services in order to link them to as many services and supports as possible. Our programs include:
FAMILY DEVELOPMENT: provides emergency rent, utility, and meal voucher assistance (as a Goodfellows partner). Supports clients through referral, case management, financial education, and employment support. In both Douglas and Sarpy Counties, ENCAP staff play a lead role in each area's Community Response Program, which provides intervention assistance to support families at risk of entering the Child Protective Services system.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: provides comprehensive mental health and substance abuse evaluations; anger and grief management workgroups; and individual and group counseling. Services are available on a sliding-fee scale based on household income.
NUTRITION CENTER: operates the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, and Washington Counties. In the Spring of 2017 ENCAP will open a community garden to boost fresh produce distribution in the neighborhood. With a commercial kitchen on site at its North Omaha facility, ENCAP hopes to begin providing meals soon to residents, particularly families with young children.
SUPPORT FOR SENIORS: provides enriching activities (e.g. sewing, jewelry making, monthly breakfast, game day, etc.), and connection to health information and screenings.
TRANSPORTATION: provides transportation to and from school to ESL, Pre-K, and homeless students of OPS. ENCAP is building new transportation partnerships using its Public Service Commission designation.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: provides youth empowerment and work opportunities as a host site of Omaha's summer Step-Up program. This year, we will reopen ENCAP's t-shirt printing shop to provide youth with entrepreneurship and employment skills development opportunities.