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Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy offers therapeutic equine-assisted activities and pleasure horseback riding to disabled adults and 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 and adults.

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.

Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy aids between 100 to 110 riders yearly, with the help of nearly 50 volunteers.

Contact: Kathy Gatch
Phone: (308) 783-2319
Email: buckboard@wildblue.net

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CAPstone provides a child friendly and family oriented interviewing facility for victimized children.  Children who have been abused are interviewed at CAPstone, where their interview is recorded, so they do not have to repeat their story and be re-traumatized.  We have a child interview room and a teen interview room.  CAPstone also offers advocacy and referral services for the child and non-offending family members, makes arrangements for medical exams as needed, and arranges for mental health evaluations and counseling services.  Our goals are to reduce the trauma suffered by a child during an investigation; to increase successful prosecution of the child abusers; and to assume a proactive approach to child abuse prevention through education, training and networking.

Contact: Joy McKay
Phone: 308-632-7274

Website: www.capstonenebraska.com  

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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. This will be our third year providing the After School Club to neighborhood children on Tuesday and Thursday. We offer a Fitness Room to the community that features 3 treadmills with t.v. screens, church/community co-ed softball leagues and a men's basketball league. Both programs include the Special Olympic athletes. These children have their own volleyball league at the center. We also offer tap-dance and ballet for youth starting at 4 to 18 years old. As for the adults Zumba has become very popular at the center. Last we do, is offer meals at 12:00 noon for the Seniors on Tuesday and Thursday. These meals are also open to the public at a very low cost.

Contact: Sam Serda
Address: 116 Terry Blvd., Gering
Phone: (308) 635-8422

Email: cc2004@charterinternet.com

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CASA of Scotts Bluff County was established in 1995 by Judge G. Glenn Camerer, Shelly Fales and an active group of community representatives. We are part of the 20 CASA programs in Nebraska, and in the 900 CASA programs in the U.S.; all non-profit organizations that use community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Last year, approximately 47,000 women and men CASA volunteers spoke for an estimated 183,000 abused and neglected children in court. A CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to help represent the best interests of a child in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers include those for whom home placement is being determined in juvenile court. A CASA volunteer is known to be a judge's gift to a child.

Contact: Kathy Welfl

Phone/fax: (308 672-2292
Email: casaofscbcounty@yahoo.com
Website: www.casanet.org

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The DOVES Program serves victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking throughout Scotts Bluff, Cheyenne, Morrill, Kimball, Banner, Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan & Sioux Counties.

The DOVES Program believes every person has the right to feel safe, live free from abuse, and expect healthy relationships, and our mission is to ensure our empowerment-based services are available and accessible to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, and stalking. 

DOVES provides the following free and confidential services to victims and their family members who are impacted by abuse:

·         24-hour Assistance

·         Immediate, Ongoing & Long-Term Support

·         Emergency Safe Shelter

·         Transitional Housing

·         Assistance with Protection Order Applications

·         Court System Information & Support

·         Immigration Assistance

·         Attorney Referrals

·         Transportation Assistance

·         Medical Advocacy

·         Emergency & Short-Term Financial Assistance

·         Food Pantry

·         Emergency Cell Phones

·         Support Groups

·         Connections to other Community Agencies

·         Community Awareness and Education

·         Prevention

For additional information, or if you or someone you know needs help, please call DOVES at 866-95-DOVES or log onto www.DOVESProgram.com.

Contact: Hilary Wasserburger
Address: 2035 10th Street, PO Box 98, Gering, NE 69341
Phone: (308) 436-2787
Fax: (308) 436-2817
24-hour hotline: (308) 436-HELP (4357) or (866) 95-DOVES
Email: doves@dovesprogram.com
Website: www.dovesprogram.com

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Human Services, Inc. Social Setting Detox provides free-of-charge care to persons withdrawing from drugs or alcohol with conditions necessitating observation by a qualified person, but not necessitating medical treatment. The program has no predetermined length of stay. Longer stays ranging from three to five days are encouraged to insure continuity of care.  The program is staffed 7 days a week, 24 hours daily by an awake staff person, and clients are monitored every 4 hours for the first twenty-four hours. Recovery-based materials are provided to persons at the facility and referrals are made for higher levels of substance abuse treatment based on client need and desire.  The Human Services, Inc. Social Setting Detox facility also provides drug screening services for referrals from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Federal Probation and Pretrial Departments, along with anti-abuse monitoring, quick drug screens, and breathalyzer monitoring.

Contact: Glenda Day

Phone: (308) 762-7177

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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.

Contact: Brent Anderson
Phone: (308) 635-1488

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The Guadalupe Center is located on the junction of 9th Street and 12th Avenue and has been serving the people of Scottsbluff for 30 years. Its mission is to provide a facility for the recreational, cultural, social, educational and nutritional needs of the people primarily living in Southeast Scottsbluff. Besides the many youth programs, basketball, folklorico dance classes, boxing, English as a Second Language is available. The gym and the kitchen may be rented for a variety of occasions such as wedding receptions, family reunions, dances, etc.

Contact: Pat Bowen

Address: 1200 East 9th Street, Scottsbluff, NE  69361

Phone: (308) 632-2845
Email: olguadalupe@bbc.net

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The Boy 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: Tiger Cubs, a school-year program for the first-grade boys and their adult partners that stresses simplicity, shared leadership, learning about the community and family understanding. Cub Scouting, a family and home-centered program for boys in the second through fifth grade. Cub Scouting’s emphasis is on quality program a the local level where the most boys and families are involved. Boy Scouting is a program for boys 11 through 18, designed to achieve the aims of Scouting though a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. Venturing is designed for young men and women ages 14 through 20 to gain insights into a variety of programs that offer leadership training, fitness, outdoor service and career hands-on experience. Venturing promotes the conditions necessary for the growth and development of adolescent youth.

Contact: Andrew Olsen

Address: 10 South Beltline West, Scottsbluff, NE  69361
Phone: (308) 632-4179
Fax: 308- 632-4170
Email: khazlitt@juno.com
Website: www.longspeakbsa.org/tritrails


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Panhandle Independent Living Services promotes the independence of persons with disabilities and helps to facilitate the integration and full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of community life. This "consumer-driven" group has a Board of Directors consisting of at least 51 percent persons with a disability and targets children and adults with physical or mental disabilities, their families and their advocates. Services are offered in four core areas: information and referral, individual systems advocacy, peer support and independent living skills training. PILS Assistive Technology Demonstration Center has examples of assistive devices for sensory, congnitive, or physical disabilities, and catalogs to find sources for specific devices.

Contact: Carolyn Foged

Address: PO Box 2454, 510 Broadway, Suite 2, Scottsbluff, NE 69363

Phone: (308) 635-7901
Email: pils@allophone.com

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This program provides a safe, nurturing and developmentally stimulating environment for the children of teen and young adult parents while parents pursue their educational goals.

Contact: Sarah Ochoa
Phone: (308) 635-3089
Email: sochoa@capwn.org
Website: www.capwn.org

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For 48 years, Legal Aid of Nebraska has provided “dignity, hope, self-sufficiency and justice through quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn.” The fundamental goal of legal aid services is simple—to provide free legal representation to underprivileged citizens and to cultivate self-sufficiency among their clients. In addition to representing clients in federal, district, and tribal courts as well as state and federal administrative tribunals, Legal Aid of Nebraska is found at domestic violence shelters and in courts catering to the legal needs of the state’s poverty-stricken along with refugees and other new Americans. Legal aid also delivers innovative, specialized programs in order to strengthen the community on top of providing advocacy, legal representation and counseling to all eligible clients.”


Contact: Shelldon Skelcher

Phone: (308) 632-4734


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The Asset Building Choices program is an innovative asset-development program which combines IDA programs, financial literacy and skill building classes designed to help low income earners in Scotts Bluff County have a chance to build the financial assets and critical financial management knowledge to take steps out of poverty and reach their goals.


Contact: Margo Hartman 

Phone: (308) 633-3377

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The Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center is at work in the community helping to make sure that special needs are met by providing a noon meal to persons that are home bound and in need of this service through Meals-on-Wheels, grocery shopping and delivery for seniors at Coop’s Plaza Foods through the Shopping for Seniors Program and delivery of commodities to home bound seniors with the Home Delivered Commodities Program.  The Volunteer Center also recruits and refers volunteers for various programs, agencies and projects.  The Volunteer Center works today to improve tomorrow.

Contact: Jill Allen, Executive Director
Phone: (308) 632-3736
Email: scbvolcenter@yahoo.com

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The mission of Monument Family Connections is “To eliminate and prevent homelessness through collaboration, planning, advocacy and funding for a seamless system of housing and supportive services.”  MFC has provided emergency shelter vouchers for local homeless individuals and families since 2007.  MFC was designed to fill a gap in homeless services.  To date, MFC continues to provide 24/7 response to emergency homeless situations as well as work with all of the agencies serving homeless in the Scotts Bluff County area.  With vouchers and case management MFC has in 2010-2011 a  100% success rate of assisting persons who are homeless find permanent housing solutions.  


Contact: Michael Stein 

Phone: (308) 641-0363

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The Summer Program for Handicapped Children, also known as Camp Scott, provides a social, recreational and academic 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 38-42 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 second week of June and running through the third week in July. Camp is held at the Valley View Activity Center, 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, and a 4-H picnic and horse show. Transportation and lunch are provided. The cost of the 5-week session is $100.00 plus a $25 activity fee. 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.

Contact: Reenie Berry
Phone: (308) 436-7304
Email: nolanandreenie@embarqmail.com

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Foster Grandparent Program participants are volunteers age 55 and older that provide one-on-one services to children with special or exceptional needs. Foster Grandparents serve in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, juvenile offender facilities, Head Start centers, child care centers, and other community sites. Among their diverse assignments, Foster Grandparents help children, who have been abused, neglected, or are otherwise at-risk; mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers; care for premature infants and children with physical disabilities; and teach reading to children who are falling behind their grade level.  Put simply, they give the kind of comfort, love and attention that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.


Foster Grandparents receive training related to working with children and other aspects of their service.  Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours per week and receive hourly stipends.  In addition to the stipends, Foster Grandparents receive accident, personal liability and excess automobile insurance; assistance with the cost of transportation; an annual physical examination; recognition; and, as feasible, meals during their assignments. 


The Foster Grandparent Program in Chadron is one of several volunteer and community service programs sponsored by Northwest Community Action Partnership. 


The Foster Grandparent program recruits volunteers and serves children in a 5 county service area which includes Sioux, Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan and Cherry counties. 


Contact: Wayne Anderson 

Phone: (308) 432-3393

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Provides nutritional meals, activities and health care information for over 130 seniors daily. 


Contact: Jan Zwickl 

Phone: (308) 635-0263

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