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Community Services

Community of Care Network

CoCN_logoThe Community of Care Network is a collaborative group of organizations, agencies, and individuals seeking to provide an opportunity for everyone in Douglas County to thrive.  Together, they educate the community, advocate on behalf of clients and serve the most vulnerable residents.

Meeting times and locations

The Community of Care Network meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 9-10  a.m. in the Philip S. Miller County Administration Building (currently meetings are held virtually). Agencies, organizations, and concerned residents serving Douglas County’s vulnerable residents are welcome to attend Network meetings.  For more information, or to be placed on the Network email list, please contact Luke Thornton, Community of Care Coordinator.

Strive to Thrive

Strive to Thrive is a bi-annual event hosted by the Community of Care Network. Each year, usually in January and July, more than 25 agencies and organizations come together to offer a one-stop-shop resource fair for vulnerable residents in Douglas County.  Participating agencies provide on-site services to those in attendance. In the past, the event offers access to job listings, housing information and assistance, food, clothes, household supplies, medical care, dental screenings, haircuts, a free meal and much more.  Details for each event are posted on this website and on social media.

wwc-system-map-finalWinter Weather Care

Winter Weather Care is a coordinated intake and assessment developed in Douglas County to assist in identifying shelter options for homeless residents in Douglas County during the winter months.  Women and children may obtain shelter through the Winter Shelter Network offered by local churches.   A limited number of hotel vouchers are also available to those who qualify.  Residents experiencing homelessness can apply for shelter at one of the following agencies:


Rest, Meals and Connections

The Winter Shelter Network is a partnership of churches serving those experiencing homelessness in Douglas County by providing temporary, safe shelter during the winter months. Partner churches open their doors to provide a place to sleep for the night and hearty meals in a safe, welcoming environment for guests referred by local service agencies. Learn more about the Winter Shelter Network.