2679 Farnam Street, Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68131
Youth Emergency Services assists youth experiencing homelessness
and near homelessness by providing critically-needed resources
which support them in their desire to be self-sufficient.
Join 100 Women Who Care and Support YES at Kendra Scott May 6-7

Looking for a gift for Mom's Day or an upcoming GRADUATION? Perhaps a birthday present or anniversary gift for someone special?

We've got your HOOKUP!

In conjunction with 100 Women Who Care Omaha , Kendra Scott is donating 20 percent of its sales IN-STORE and ONLINE to Youth Emergency Services May 6-7!

Use the code GIVEBACK-1CTX when you checkout online or mention the promotion at checkout when shopping at the Village Pointe store.

REMEMBER -- this promotion is good May 6-7!

Thank you for supporting YES! Mom will THANK YOU, too!
Many Meals Needed to Feed Youth this Spring

YES serves hundreds of meals each month through our Street Outreach Program.

We're only able to do this BECAUSE OF YOU -- and we need your help filling the meal calendars for our Street Outreach Center for May and June!

Our Center, which serves homeless and near-homeless youth in the community, welcomes donations of catered and frozen meals due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Meals should be large enough to feed between 20 and 25 youth. Further details can be found on our Meals Donation Page*.

Please contact Maren with any questions.

Thank you for signing up today so our youth don't go hungry!

*Your donations are tax deductible.
Board Member Thomas Promoted to Police Captain

YES Congratulates board member Sherie Thomas for recently being promoted to Captain in the Omaha Police Department.

Sherie began her career with OPD in October 1998 as an officer in Uniform Patrol Bureau in all four original precincts.

In March 2003, she was assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit as a School Resource Officer and then spent six years in CIB in the Domestic Violence Unit.

Captain Thomas was promoted to Sergeant in October 2010. As a Sergeant, she worked in the Police Services Bureau, Customer Service Unit, Internal Affairs, Training and UPB. She was the In-Service Sergeant, and taught recruits Domestic Violence while in the Training Unit.

She was promoted to Lieutenant in March 2017. As a Lieutenant she worked in UPB, Internal Affairs and the Public Information Office.

Outside of her work with OPD, Sherie gives back to the community by volunteering on a regular basis. She serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Nebraska, Youth Emergency Services, Metropolitan Community College Foundation and Girls Incorporated.

Captain Thomas is the President of the Nebraska Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. She serves on the executive board of the Black Police Officers Association of Omaha and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Bellevue University. She was a part of Leadership Omaha Class 41 and the inaugural class of the Empowerment Network’s Redefine the Game Institute.

Captain Thomas commands the Training and Community Services Section of the Executive Services Bureau. Training and Community Services includes The Training Unit, Backgrounds/Inspections Unit, Honor Guard, Pipe and Drum Corps, Neighborhood Services Unit, Crime Prevention Squad, Business Watch Squad, School Resource Officers, Volunteer Services and the Impound Lot.

Congratulations Sherie!
We're proud to have you on our Board and Team!
Getting to Know...

Kate Hanke, Development Specialist

Kate celebrated 2 years at YES in April, and her organizational skills and attention to detail have made a BIG impact in YES' events and fundraising practices and procedures.

A fan-favorite when giving presentations about YES throughout the community, Kate has been married to husband, Glenn, for three years, and is mom to a precocious but lovable German Shepherd/Pit Bull-mix named Bubba.

Here's a quick conversation with Kate to Get to Know her!

What brought/led you to YES?

In my previous job as an advertising account executive at the Omaha World Herald, I worked directly with the Food Bank for the Heartland and fell in love with nonprofits. I started looking into local nonprofits and came across YES. I loved their mission and wanted to be a part of it. Luckily, YES was hiring at the time.

What did you know about YES before joining the team and what have you learned since you started that surprised you?

Before I started, I knew that YES helped homeless youth into a self-sufficient life. After working at YES, I have come to see all the programs we have that directly help youth. I was surprised at how many youth are on the streets every night, as well as how our Indigo program helps trafficking victims.

Where do you see your opportunity to make the greatest impact/difference in your role with YES?

I think the greatest impact I can make is getting the word out about our programs, and how we help youth. The most important part of my role at YES is letting the community know we are here.

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it that you still use today?

My first job was at Runza, and I learned that being kind to customers can make even the meanest customer easier to deal with. I use this all the time in all situations. 

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I am a Development Specialist, and my job entails event planning, giving presentations at schools and businesses as well as managing our CRM System. My favorite part of my job is giving presentations, but I think a close second would be planning and executing events.

It’s been a challenging year with COVID, etc. What have you learned about yourself during this time? About YES?

During COVID, I think I have learned that I can do more in my role and make processes better not only for my team and myself but for YES as a whole. I have learned that YES is a huge resource to many more youth than I originally thought. 

What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Interests?

My hobbies include reading, fishing, going to the lake house in the Ozarks, playing with my dog and organizing. I'm a big organizer!

What are you most excited about working at YES? What kind of impact do you see the organization continuing to make?

I love my development team. We work together so seamlessly, and that makes us a great team. I love the impact that we make together through our fundraising and events. We know each other so well, we can finish each other's sentences. I can't imagine working with a better group.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it to make the world a better place?

If I had a super power, it would be flying. Selfishly, I would use it to see the world and rescue cats from trees or whatever people who can fly do.

YES is Lining Up Dancers,
Sponsors for 2021 Dance
for a Chance Fundraiser

After canceling last year’s event due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this year’s Dance for a Chance: The Roaring Twenty-Twenties, presented by Lindsay Corporation, is happening October 7, 2021, at the Omaha Design Center.

YES is nearly finished assembling a list of dancers and instructors for this year’s event. Based on recent years, YES anticipates more than 500 people in attendance. 

This year -- in order to reach a larger audience and allow those who aren't yet comfortable being in large groups to watch and participate remotely -- YES will STREAM Dance for a Chance LIVE. It's Dancing with the Stars Omaha-Style!

Please visit yesomaha.org and YES social media to learn more as the event comes together. Tickets will be available for purchase later this summer.

Sponsorships are currently available at all levels (except Presenting). Please contact Barb if you or your business is interested in supporting YES!

YES is Here, There
and Everywhere!

We love telling you about the great things we do everyday to change the lives of homeless and near-homeless youth -- and here's proof!

*Through June 2021, 101.9 FM The Keg will run public service announcements (PSAs) about YES, our programs and our events. Thank you to St. Gregory Recovery Center and NRG Media for choosing YES for these complimentary PSAs. We are most grateful!
We have some exciting EVENTS coming up.
We hope we can count on your support!

May 6-7 -- 100 Women Who Care Supports YES at Kendra Scott
August 30 -- YES Golf Outing, sponsored by Union Pacific
November 30 -- Giving Tuesday 2021
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Saying? Please Share!

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Look for the June 2021 issue of YES News in your mailbox Tuesday, June 1!

Thank you for helping us spread the word about the great things happening at YES!