Scotts Bluff Area Agencies
United Way of Western Nebraska is partnering with fifteen agencies in 2020-2021 that focus on better health, education and financial stability.
Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy
Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy offers therapeutic equine-assisted activities and pleasure horseback riding to disabled children. The horseback riding helps people of all disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, Down syndrome and emotional disturbance, in improving and developing balance, coordination, self-esteem, self-awareness, muscle tone and strength, and attention span. It combines instruction in tradition horsemanship skills with concepts of physical therapy to improve the strength, balance and self-esteem of physically and mentally disabled children.
The horse’s walk provides sensory input through movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the patient are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. The variability of the horse’s gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of sensory input to the patient, and then use this movement in combination with other treatment strategies to achieve desired results. Patients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable experience in a natural setting.
CAPstone Child Advocacy Center
CAPstone is a safe, child friendly environment where children who have been abused or neglected can be heard and supported. Children with allegations of abuse are interviewed at CAPstone by a trained forensic interviewer, the interview is recorded, so child victims do not have to repeat their story and be re-traumatized by retelling their story multiple times. CAPstone serves the eleven counties in the Panhandle of Nebraska with the main office in Gering with three satellite offices located in Alliance, Sidney and Chadron. CAPstone offers advocacy services to child victims and their non-offending family members. The advocacy services provided are on-going support, education, court school, medical evaluations and referrals for community services. CAPstone also provides referrals for child victims and non-offending caregivers to receive counseling and mental health evaluations. Our goals are to reduce the trauma suffered by a child during an investigation; to increase successful prosecution of the child abusers; and to promote healing for child victims and their non-offending caregivers.
The Carpenter Center is a great facility providing athletic and fundamental camps and programs to our youth throughout the Panhandle. We offer financial assistance for those who lack the financial resources to participate in these programs. We offer tumbling classes for kids ages 2 thru teen and competition team on Monday thru Friday (times vary). We have access to birthday parties in the tumbling facility or gymnasium. We offer cheer classes for beginners up to competition team. These meals are also open to the public at a very low cost. We have a fitness room that features 5 treadmills with TV screens. Other activities at the Carpenter Center are volleyball, basketball, church league co-ed softball, and the very popular “Pickleball”. We have 2 outside basketball courts and a picnic shelter. Come by and see us or check us out on www.carpentercenter.net.
CASA of Scotts Bluff County
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Since 1996 CASA of Scotts Bluff County has been serving children involved in the Juvenile Court System. Except for one paid staff member, our organization is comprised of volunteers. CASA volunteers are trained for 30 hours before they are appointed to a case. They receive a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education each year. CASA volunteers are advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and who have entered the Juvenile Court System not because of what they did, but because of what someone did to them. In essence, CASA volunteers are the voice of a child in the court room; CASA volunteers are also the eyes and ears for the Judge outside the courtroom. CASA Volunteers build rapport and relationships with children in the cases they represent and they work as team members with the families, foster families, Health and Human Service workers, Guardian ad litems (the child's attorney) and many others.
Most, but not all children we serve, are in "out of home" placements, meaning that most of these children are in foster care. Reports from CASA volunteers, submitted to Scotts Bluff County Judges, give the Judges a better insight as to a child's wants and needs. These reports also provide insightful recommendations for the child's placement and future which may involve anything from reunification with parents, adoption by a relative or foster family or guardianship.
CASA of Scotts Bluff County also provides supervision to the volunteers within our program. It is a vital service of the CASA Program to support volunteers who actively work for a child's best interest in court. Being a CASA Volunteer is a challenging role, however we provide in-depth training and support for each volunteer as they manage cases, attend team meetings, visit children, prepare reports for the Judges, talk to counselors and more.
At DOVES, we envision a community free of sexual, domestic, and dating violence; a community that fosters healthy sexuality; and a community where every person feels safe and expects healthy relationships. Our mission is to ensure our empowerment-based and strengths-centered services are available and accessible to anyone who has experienced or been affected by sexual, domestic and dating violence.
The DOVES Program provides the following free and confidential services throughout Scotts Bluff, Cheyenne, Morrill, Kimball, Banner, Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan and Sioux Counties:
Immediate, Ongoing & Long-Term Support
Emergency Safe Shelter
Assistance with Protection Order Applications
Court System Information & Support
Emergency & Short-Term Financial Assistance
Emergency Cell Phones
One-on-One Support Sessions
Connections to other Community Agencies
Community Awareness and Education
The DOVES Program’s offices are located at:
2035 10th Street, P.O. Box 98 (Gering)
212 Box Butte Ave, Suite B (Alliance)
342 Main Street (Chadron)
941 8th Street (Sidney)
Plains West CASA
Plains West CASA is a non profit organization that recruits, screens and trains volunteers to be advocates for children who have been abused or neglected in Cheyenne, Kimball and Deuel counties. Our advocates receive 30 hours of preservice training that prepares them for the difficult situations they will face. After training, the advocates are appointed by a judge to be a court appointed special advocate for a child or sibling group. The advocate then has access to the child and all aspects of the child's life, including individuals who a significant relationship in the child's life. The advocate builds relationships with the child and all the central individuals in the case. Through this relationship building, the advocate gets to know the child and their life well enough to identify the child's needs and make recommendations to the judge regarding the child's health, safety, well being and permanency. The CASA programs are found to have significant impacts on a child's resilience, including the child's performance in school, the number of services while the child is in foster care and finally the permanency and recidivism of each case.
Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center
PatientsThe Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center's mission is to coordinate and promote activites that can be performed by community volunteers who are committed to caring for those in need through Meals-on-Wheels, Shopping for Sentiors, Home Delivered Comodities, Snow Angels, Thanksgiving in the Valley and various other programs. These programs are designed to be of benefit to the eldery, challenged and homebound in our comunity and to provide them with the opportunity to remain in their homes longer and improve their quality of life.
Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, 1517 Broadway #106, Scottsbluff NE 69361
(308) 632-3736, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boy Scouts of America, Longs Peak Council
The Boys Scouts of America is an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Working through community-based organizations, Scouting provides age specific programs:
Lion Cubs is a pilot program for Kindergarten age boys, to develop interest and prepare them for Cub Scouts
Cub Scouting is a family and home-centered program for boys in the first through fifth grades. Cub Scouting's emphasis is a quality program at the local level where the majority of boys and families are involved.
Boy Scouting is a program for boys 11 through 18 years of age, designed to acheive the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership, with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.
Venturing is designed for young men and women ages 13 through 20 to gain insights into a variety of programs that offer leadership training, fitness, and community service. Venturing promotes the conditions necessary for growth and development of adolescent youth.
Exploring is a unique hands-on career exploration program for young men and women ages 14-20. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. There will also be Exploring Cubs developed for youth in 6th through 8th grade, as an introduction to the different types of career fields.
Funding from the United Way of Western Nebraska helps provide these programs to economically challenged families in our area.
Girl Scouts Outreach offers critical youth development programming that enhances both academic performance and life skills. As part of our mission, Girl Scouts hopes to empower every girl—regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, or geographic location—to make the world a better place. Through our Outreach program, we provide Girl Scouts for free or at a greatly reduced cost to girls who may not otherwise be able to participate. We alleviate financial, transportation, and other socioeconomic barriers by forming Girl Scout troops through the umbrella of after-school programs.
The Guadalupe Center is located at the Junction of 9th Street and 12th Avenue and has been serving the people of Scottsbluff for 45 years. Its mission is to provide a facility for the recreational, cultural, social, educational and health needs of the people primarily living in Southeast Scottsbluff. Besides the many youth programs, basketball, folkloric dance classes, English as a Second Language, WNCC Outreach and AIM Institute Educational Opportunities are available. The gym and the kitchen may be rented for a variety of occasions such as wedding receptions, family reunions, dances, etc.
Summer Camp for Handicapped Children (Camp Scott)
The Summer Program for Handicapped Children, also known as Camp Scott, provides a social and recreational program for developmentally disabled children and adolescents, ages 7-21. The program is the only one of its kind in the Panhandle and enables approximately 40 youngsters to have a fun and stimulating summer experience. The Camp consists of one 5-week session running Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning the first part of June and running through the second week in July (tentative). Camp is held at the Valley View Activity Center, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on 31st in Scottsbluff. Activities include arts/crafts, life skills, music, water activities, therapeutic horseback riding, large/small motor activities, field trips, volunteer guest presentations, a family picnic, an overnight experience and pre-employment skills through Vocational Rehabilitation for older campers. A 4-H horse show/Kiwanis picnic, speakers and presenters and a penny carnival are also provided. Transportation and lunch are provided. Scholarships are available. A Board of Directors oversees the Camp and hires a highly qualified staff recruited from our local communities. Camp Scott has benefited from being a United Way agency for many years. Call 308-436-7304 for additional information.
TeamMates of Scotts Bluff County
The mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. Established in 1991 by Tom & Nancy Osborne, TeamMates was formed in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth. The goal is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. TeamMates has touched the lives of thousands of youth and currently provides a mentor for close to 9,000 youth in more than 148 communities in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming.
Western NE Childhood Development Center (CAPWN)
Provides a safe, nurturing and developmentally stimulating environment for the children of full-time college students attending WNCC so they are able to obtain their degree.
Cirrus House-Youth Program
The Cirrus House, Inc. Transitional Age Program (TAP) helps homeless youth ages 16 to 24 learn the independent living skills necessary to transition successfully to living on their own in the community. Our focus on serving youth who have mental illness serves a unique and important niche` in our community.
Family Stabilization Program (CAPWN)
The Family Stabilization Program within CAPWN focuses on helping families move one step ahead to achieve personal success. We do this by empowering clients toward positive change and support them in building productive relationships that lead to economic and personal independence. Families and clients have access to food security, community connections, and case management. All Family Stabilization Specialists (case managers) are trained in the Transitions to Independence Model, Your Money; Your Goals financial literacy curriculum, Motivational Interviewing, and more. We have staff dedicated to seeing clients each day. Every morning when we open, we schedule clients on a first come, first served basis and can see up to 15 clients per day. When clients come in, they make an appointment for that day and see one of the case managers for up to an hour-long appointment. During that time, staff does initial paperwork to gather information on what needs the person/family has. The staff coordinates any resources that are available and help connect referrals to other resources.
Stacey Houk Family Resource Center