2566 Farnam Street, Suite 301
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.
A Message from New YES Executive Director Kalisha Reed

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your continued support of YES during our recent leadership transition. I am excited to continue partnering with you
in my new role as Executive Director.

Over the last five months as interim executive director, we accomplished some amazing things:

· We've established connections within the community
· We doubled the bed capacity of our emergency shelter
· We filled key positions/roles within the organization to more
efficiently and effectively serve youth
· We've taken steps to improve overall organizational culture

In the coming months, I look forward to sharing my vision for YES
and how our partnerships can continue to bring safe and secure housing and resources to youth experiencing homelessness in the Omaha community.

Thank you,
Christiana Finds Bright Future at YES' Maternity Group Home

Like many young mothers and mothers-to-be who come to YES, Christiana arrived at the YES Maternity Group home 17 months ago seeking refuge.
She had been staying in a hotel with her infant daughter, Za’Riyah, after escaping an abusive relationship with her daughter’s father.

Through the Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA), she was referred to YES, and that decision positively changed her life – and continues to change her life to this day.

“(Initially), I was scared to come to YES because I didn’t know anything about it,” Christiana said. “But I had to make sure that my daughter had a safe place to live – that we were safe and trusted in God’s plans.”

Now 21 and with second daughter, Zendayah, 5 months, added to the family. Christiana has found great success through YES’ MGH program.
She works at Wal-Mart as a full-time associate, recently moved into her own apartment and is looking forward to a bright future for her and her daughters.

During her time in the MGH program, she learned about budgeting and other life skills in addition to the best ways to care for her daughters.
But her experience with abuse stretches back to her childhood.

“I came from a family where I wasn’t loved and moved from house to house since I was 16,” said Christiana, who plans to earn her degree and start a career as a counselor while raising her daughters to be “kind, loving women.”

“I was abused from my mother and molested by my father and a cousin. (I was) abused by my girls’ father. But I have a purpose, and I thank God I have my daughters. YES built me to be independent and strong. I’m so thankful for them. I have a story to tell, and I hope I have the chance one day to share it with young women and children.”

And even though she has graduated from the MGH program and is living independently, Christiana said she knows YES will always be a resource for her.

Suffice it to say, she’s very grateful for everything she learned and experienced during her time there.

“It was a blessing to be part of the YES program,” she said. “I was able to get all the resources I needed, save money, have a stable job and transportation and a safe roof over our heads. I would say I matured a lot, and I am more fearless.”

For anyone needing YES’ services, Christiana has a simple yet compelling message.

“Don’t be afraid to get the help and know you are not alone,” she said. “If you don’t feel safe, YES will always be there and make sure you are safe.

“The program is a guidance and help toward your future and your children. YES is there to help. It helps you build a support system if you don’t have one and helps gather life skills.”
YES Meals Fund is an Easy Way to Help Feed Homeless Youth

Our Street Outreach Center is consistently in need of meals to feed the hundreds of youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness in the Omaha community.

YOUR GIFT TODAY -- no matter how much -- provides warm, nutritious meals, beverages and nonperishable pantry items for the many young people we serve. 

We can't do what we do without your support! THANK YOU for your donation to make sure our youth DON'T GO HUNGRY! 

As always, thank you for your continued support! We can't do what we do without you! 

*Your donations are tax deductible.
Omaha Women's Realtors Choose YES

The Women's Council of Realtors Omaha have chosen YES as its charity of choice for 2022!

So far this year, members of the organization have toured our Street Outreach Center, hosted several lunches and a Music Bingo evening and have numerous other fundraisers planned -- including a Golf Tournament in July.

On top of all of this, President Chrissy Cameron has agreed to don her Boogy Shoes and participate in this fall's YES Dance for a Chance: Disco Nights!

Thank you to this amazing organization for all that they are doing to help us help homeless youth in our community!
YES Shows its PRIDE in June and Every Month!

June is Pride month, and YES is once again participating in the Heartland Pride Festival in mid-July!

Watch our social media for more details as events draw closer.
Local Women's Club Gives Back to YES

Many, many thanks to the Metro Women's Club for their AMAZING generosity!

Over the past year, they held numerous fundraisers to help us help youth experiencing homelessness in our community!

Thank you for your amazing compassion!
We are #sograteful!
We have some exciting EVENTS coming up. We would LOVE your support!

August 29 -- YES Golf Outing Presented by Union Pacific
October 13 -- Dance for a Chance 2022
November 29 -- Giving Tuesday

For more information, please contact Barb.
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Look for the July 2022 issue of YES News in your mailbox Friday, July 1!

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