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CarePortal to launch in North Platte

April 21, 2018 GMT

Children and families in need will gain access to a new resource April 26 after the launch of CarePortal in North Platte.

CarePortal is a nationwide network that connects churches with local families in need. In Nebraska, the program was first implemented in Kearney by the Department of Health and Human Services and Compass, a foster care and family service organization.

“We have 13 active churches in Kearney since starting last year,” Compass CEO Ryan Stanton said. “Since then, they’ve served 105 kids with an economic impact of just under $40,000.”

CarePortal was recently launched in Hastings, and will now make its way to North Platte.

“We also provide services in North Platte, so this was the logical next step,” said project lead Savannah Lyon. “There’s a pretty big need in North Platte for families who are hurting and need extra assistance.”

Lyon said CarePortal is done completely online. Area DHHS workers will assess needs in their community, log those needs in the network, and churches can then reach out with their ability to meet those needs. Some cases they have seen in Kearney included families who needed a bed or transportation or help paying rent, Lyon said.

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In North Platte, Stanton said four churches have already enrolled — Valley Christian Church, New Life Church, the First Assembly of God Church and the North Platte Berean Church.

“We’re looking for more to participate,” he said. “If they come to the launch event, they can learn more.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at the New Life Church. For more information, or to enroll a church, visit the website at compassnebraska.org/careportal.