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.
Thank You for Providing More than 1,000 Meals in 2020!

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 February and March!

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!

*Donations are tax deductible.
Getting to Know...

Will Meinen, Quality Improvement Manager

Will joined the YES team last fall, and while he has yet to meet and interact with most staff in person due to the pandemic, he is excited to be part of the organization.

What brought/led you to YES? 

I wasn’t all that familiar with the work of YES before joining, actually. I had moved back to Omaha from Chicago and was looking for new opportunities and saw the posting. I was excited about the idea of learning more about YES' work with homeless and at-risk youth and to work again with my friend, (YES Director of Development) Barb Farho, who I had the pleasure of working with previously at the United Way of the Midlands.

How long have you been with YES?
I started in September 2020, so I’ve been at YES for almost 6 months.

What did you know about YES before working here and what have you learned since you started that surprises you? 

I honestly did not know all that much about YES. I was familiar with the overall mission, but the specifics of how we work with clients and the different services offered was new to me. I’m surprised and impressed by the continuum of care offered to youth and all the different programs and services we offer.

What is your professional/educational background? 

I have a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and then I worked as a researcher for Omaha Public Schools, United Way of the Midlands and as a private consultant. I lived in Chicago for 7 years and worked as a researcher at DePaul and Loyola University as well. I’ve done a lot of program evaluation and measurement of outcomes in education and nonprofits.

Not only are you new to YES, but your position is also new. Tell me what that means to you? What kind of impact do you want to make for/with the organization?
Having a brand-new position allows me the freedom to create my own job which I find exciting. I hope to provide our amazing program and development staff the data and evaluation tools to better serve clients and expand our donor base.

You came on board during COVID-19 -- working remotely, not having met all of your co-workers in person, etc. How have you handled that? How has it impacted your work/role/goals?

Yeah, an all-digital on-boarding is tricky. I think it has slowed down my introductions and understanding of the organization to a degree, but I have done what I can to reach out for video chats, and the all-staff meetings and weekly check-ins have been super helpful. It will be nice when we can gather again in person and have more non-work conversations.

What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Interests?

I’ve been a comedic improviser (improvised and unscripted) for 10 years so I do that when I can. I play guitar, and I’m always challenging myself to learn new songs/genres (Youtube is the best). I like to read fiction and write short stories/micro-fiction. Other than that – I like to hang out with my dogs and partner, cook new stuff and take hikes!

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

My goal is to make data less intimidating (if people find it anxiety provoking at all) and to make it a regular part of our practice as an organization. 
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 must grateful!
Former Board President Continues to Give Back in New Trustee Role

After serving 8 years on our board - two as board president - Bryan Peterson has moved on to our Board of Trustees. We are grateful for his foresight and leadership as well as his incredible giving spirit. We'll miss Bryan on the board, but we're so glad he's staying with our agency!
YES' Amazon Wish List is an Easy, Quick Way for You to Help Homeless Youth

YES regularly updates items needed/requested for our youth on our Amazon Wish List.

If you'd like to make a purchase to help our youth -- especially with the winter season approaching -- please use the link above. Thank you for supporting YES!
Your Monthly Gifts Keep on Giving

Did you know you can help homeless youth by making monthly donations?

On our Donation Page*, under Suggested Donation Amounts, you have the option to make your gift on a weekly or monthly basis -- allowing you the opportunity to give regularly without having to revisit monthly and donate.

Once you mark the circle that says "Make this a recurring donation deducted" and then choose Weekly or Monthly, your gift is made from a credit or debit card as well as electronic check.

You don't have to do anything else but know that you are helping young homeless people in our community!

As always, thank you for your continued support of YES and the thousands of youth we serve every year!

*All donations are tax deductible.
We have some exciting EVENTS coming up.
We hope we can count on your support!

April 19-23 -- Do Good Week, sponsored by Share Omaha
May 3, 2021 -- YES Golf Outing, sponsored by Union Pacific
Aug. 5, 2021 -- Dance for a Chance: The Roaring Twenty-Twenties
Like What We're
Saying? Please Share!

Please share this newsletter with friends and family, and if you aren't seeing something you want to know about YES -- please let us know! Email Mike with your feedback.

Look for the March 2021 issue of YES News in your mailbox Monday, March 1!

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