New Year, New Hope

Winter can be a difficult season for many people. Do you know someone who is struggling? Hope Hall provides counseling, behavioral health services and other mental health support to individuals and families in Central Iowa. Our mental health counselors and therapists work with children, teens, individuals, and families every day to build skills, improve quality of life, begin the healing process, and achieve successes that once seemed out of reach. 

Hope Hall therapists help families experiencing a variety of issues, including domestic abuse, neglect, traumatic experiences, attachment concerns, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, bullying and problems with peers, development disorders, divorce and family conflict, eating disorders, loss and grief, school problems and truancy, and substance abuse.

For more information, call 515-557-2256 or visit 
Pictured above are team members from Berkshire Hathaway.

December was an extremely busy month for YESS as many organizations and groups shared their time and holiday spirit with the youth staying at the shelter. Groups did everything from decorating cookies with kids, serving meals, playing games, and even a special visit from a few of Santa's helpers to deliver some gifts in advance of Christmas morning.

A special thank you to the following organizations & individuals for their support:

  • Affinity Credit Union
  • Coverage Direct
  • John Deere
  • Journey Credit Union
  • Junior League of Des Moines
  • Living History Farms
  • Microsoft
  • Paula Jordan & friends
  • Polk City Library
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Project Hope
  • Travelers Insurance
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Wells Fargo

We also had several organizations hold special events or donate to YESS this season. Some of these partners include:

  • Berkshire Hathaway First Realty Cares held a Scholastic book fair, raising funds for YESS to purchase books for its onsite library.

  • For past few years, agency volunteer Jenny Farrell with Re/Max and others with the Concepts Cares Foundation get together and pick out specific gifts for each child who is staying at the shelter around Christmas.

  • The Copper Cup hosted the 5th Annual Drink Mules event. Between agency volunteers Jessica Durand and Stephanie Filer donating their tips for the night, Copper Cup owner Eric Hartung hosting and donating a portion of his sales, and a sponsorship from Tito's Vodka, the event raised over $4,000 to help the youth at YESS.

  • Professionals for Charity hosted its annual Toys for YESS event, raising $2,000 for YESS as well as in-kind donations of art supplies, board games, and dvds to keep the kids busy over holiday break.

YESS would also like to recognize the many individuals and organizations who participated in the Adopt-a-Family program to help provide gifts to families receiving community-based services.

This year, in addition to providing gifts for the children and teens who would wake up at YESS on Christmas morning, we also asked donors to consider "adopting" one of our residential units. Rather than providing gifts for individual youth, these donors provided items to help make everyday life on the units a little more comfortable and closer to home. Each unit made wish lists of things they could use for group activities and programming (board games, craft supplies, books, movies, puzzles, toys, etc.). Through the generosity of these donors, we were able to ensure not only a positive winter break from school, but also materials that these kids can use throughout the year to beat boredom or when they need a quiet activity to calm their minds. For more information on how you can support the adopt-a-unit program, please contact Jana Daisy at
YESS received a $5,000 grant from West Bank to support the kids finding safety in the emergency shelter and crisis nursery. West Bank's support and that of our other partners is so critical to the day-to-day operations of YESS and our mission of changing lives by protecting children and empowering families. Pictured above is Kristin Huinker, YESS Community Development Director, and Gabe Olson, Vice President at West Bank.
For the past 20 years, Kemin Industries has hosted a charity auction benefiting YESS and the kids we serve during the holiday season. Since its inception in 1999, the auction has raised over $770,000 in direct support of YESS' mission. THANK YOU to the team at Kemin for your incredible support over the years and for truly embracing YESS and the kids we keep safe!
Full Quack Ahead

It's that time again to #JointheFlock! We're getting ready for our biggest event of the year - the 13th Annual YESS Duck Derby, presented by Academy Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.!

This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, so save the date! There are many ways you and your organization can get involved over the next few months, including sponsorship opportunities that include marketing and promotions in advance of Race Day. Want in on the fun? Email Bridget at for more information.
Shop for a Good Cause
Did you know? YESS has been selected as the beneficiary of the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag and Giving Tag Program that supports local non-profits! Each time you purchase a $2.50 red My Heart Reusable Bag at the Hy-Vee located at 3221 SE 14th Street in Des Moines , YESS will receive a $1 donation during the month of January.
Team YESS is Hiring

When you join YESS, you aren't just taking a job, you're becoming part of a team. A team that is committed to making the community a better place by protecting children and empowering families.

Do you or someone you know want to make a difference in the community and help kids build brighter futures? We have many opportunities to join Team YESS!
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