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.
Support YES by Eating at Pickleman's this Month

In recognition of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and National Runaway Prevention Month, YES is partnering with Omaha's Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe restaurants throughout November.

Starting TODAY, you can donate $1 to your meal purchase to help youth in our community who are experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness.

Watch and listen for more details in the media, on our website and on our social media pages. 

Thank you for patronizing Omaha Pickleman's locations ALL MONTH to help raise awareness and funds for Youth Emergency Services!
Massie Finds Support, Accountability with YES

After years of living with uncertainty, despair and homelessness that stretches back to her childhood, Massie is more determined than ever to keep her life clean and on track.

She knows her second chance is linked directly to her time in Youth Emergency Services’ transitional living program (TLP).

“Christine (transition advocate) keeps me honest and motivated, but I also know whether or not I am successful moving forward is up to me,” said Massie, who moved from a short stint in YES’ Emergency Shelter to more stable living accommodations at TLP in January 2020.

Massie, who has been clean and sober for more than a year after being addicted to methamphetamines since she was 18, grew up watching her mom struggle with her own addiction – one that often landed them in shelters or living on the streets.

After gaining control of her own addiction last year, Massie, a shift manager at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café downtown, said she depends on those childhood memories, as well as her own drive for a better life to maintain sobriety and employment so she can eventually get a car and apartment to build a brighter future for herself.

“I know if I mess things up (with YES), I will end up back on the streets and most likely using again, and that’s not in my future plans,” Massie said.

“Drugs destroy a lot of lives, and I got involved with them because I wanted to know why my mom chose them over my brother and me. But now, I have had enough of partying, and I’m focused on my future.”
Your Donation Provides Thanksgiving Meals for Homeless Youth in Omaha

Everyone enjoys a turkey meal with all the fixins on
Thanksgiving -- and homeless and near-homeless youth in our community are no different.

By donating $49.99, you can provide a Thanksgiving meal for 4 youth.

The meals, provided by HyVee, include the choice of a sliced pit ham (2.5-2.75 lbs.) or boneless turkey breast (2.5-2.75 lbs.), one small side of mashed potatoes or au gratin potatoes, two additional large sides, choice of beef or turkey gravy (16 oz.) and four dinner rolls.

If you'd like to make sure ALL YOUTH in the Omaha area have a Happy Thanksgiving this year, please MAKE YOUR DONATION by Wednesday, Nov. 18! This will give us time to order the meals and have them ready for our youth on and around Thanksgiving Day!

Please designate that your gift is for "TURKEY DINNERS" in the comments box of our donation page so we can properly allocate it.

Thank you for remembering our young people this Thanksgiving and throughout the year!
Holiday Season Brings Need for Gift Cards, Monetary Gifts

COVID-19 has canceled our annual Santa's Workshop in December, but the need for gifts for our youth is unchanged.

Please consider making a gift of one of more of the following items so our youth can have a Happy Holiday like the rest of us.

  • Gift Cards -- Walmart, Target, Walgreens, HyVee, etc.) -- $10 and $20 increments
  • Bus Passes -- Adult ride w/transfer, Adult 30-day pass
  • Holiday Gifts -- Headphones, Apple & Android chargers, footballs, razors, electric shavers/clippers, basketballs
  • Winter Items -- Coats: Men's sizes M-XXXL, Women's sizes S-XXXL, gloves, hats, hand warmers, fleece blankets
  • Monetary Donations -- These allow YES to use funds for meals, property maintenance, general expenses and much more!

We hope to provide all youth with store gift cards along with a fast food card. Online donations can be made at www.yesomaha.org or mailed to the address below. 

All items can be dropped off at or mailed to:
Youth Emergency Services
2679 Farnam Street, Ste. 205
Omaha, NE 68131
M-F, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Please designate your gift as "Christmas Wishes" in the comments box so we can track and allocate your gift properly.

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

*Donations are tax deductible.
Woodmen Tower to 'Go Green' November 23 in honor of National Runaway Prevention Month

In recognition of National Runaway Prevention Month, Omaha's Woodmen Tower will "Go Green" the evening of Monday, Nov. 23. Please visit our social media pages (links at the bottom of this newsletter) that day if you don't live downtown or have no plans to visit downtown.

You can also Wear Green this month to help us commemorate the need to support Homeless and Runaway Youth. Share your photos with us on your social media using the hashtag #NRPM2020!
Shopping YES' Amazon Wish List is an Easy Way Give Back

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!
Donated Meals Continue to be a Big Need at YES' Street Outreach Center

Did you know YES serves more than 800 meals each month to youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness in our community?

We need your help filling the meal calendar for our Street Outreach Center for November as well as the rest of 2020!

Our Center, which serves hundreds of homeless and near-homeless youth in the community each week, 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*.

Thank you for signing up today so our youth Don't Go Hungry!

*Donations are tax deductible.
Your Vote for Youth Emergency Services Directs Target Circle Funds

Have you cast your VOTE for YES at Target Circle? Voting is FREE, and you votes help Target direct funds to local nonprofits. Thank you for supporting our young people. We are most grateful!
YES is Here, There and Everywhere!

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

We have some exciting EVENTS coming up. We hope we can count on your support!

November 2020 -- National Homeless Youth Awareness Month & National Runaway Prevention Month
Dec. 1, 2020 -- Giving Tuesday
May 3, 2021 -- Annual YES Golf Outing
August 5, 2021 -- Dance for a Chance
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Look for the December 2020 issue of YES News in your mailbox Tuesday, Dec. 1! Thank you for helping us spread the word about the great things happening at YES!