2679 Farnam Street, Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68131
It's the mission of YES to serve youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.
Pickleman's Gourmet Sandwiches to Support YES in November

Please support YES by donating $1 with each order at stores throughout Omaha as part of National Homeless Youth Awareness and National Runaway Prevention months.

In recognition of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and National Runaway Prevention Month, YES is partnering with Pickleman's Gourmet Sandwiches throughout Omaha for the month of November to raise money and awareness.

Starting Nov. 1, patrons will have the option to donate $1 to their meal purchase to help youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness.

A youth in our TLP program, Massie, is a shift manager at the downtown store and will be featured in some of our promotions. Watch and listen for more details in the media, on our website and on our social media pages. 

We hope you will patronize Omaha Pickleman's locations ALL MONTH to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for Youth Emergency Services!
Getting to Know Shavon Carr, Job Readiness Coordinator

"My daughter was murdered right here in this community, a place she grew to love. It's the main reason I go so hard for our youth in the community. I feel like its my purpose."

Shavon Carr joined YES in December 2018 as an Outreach Specialist in our Street Outreach Center. This summer, she was promoted to her current role as Job Readiness Coordinator.

In her new role, Shavon said she is looking forward to connecting our youth with as many resources as possible to gain stability and become self-sufficient.

"Being in a position to show our youth the steps to becoming job ready is like preparing them for a lifetime -- something that sticks with you forever," she said. "Knowing you help provide the tools that will forever assist a youth in their future life is an awesome feeling."

Shavon was driven to help young people because of her own traumatic experience. Her teenage daughter, Eriana, was killed by gun violence in 2012.

"After losing my 16-year-old daughter to gun violence, I knew for sure I would serve youth in any way I could," she said.

Originally from Chicago, this proud mother of two and grandmother of three said the most enjoyable part of working for YES is definitely the team she works with as well as the opportunity to help.

Shavon is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha while also writing a book, so free time is hard to come by. But she makes time for her passions -- shopping, traveling and fashion.

And helping young people who remind her every day of her daughter.

"I take a strong interest in the memories and pictures in the 20-plus family and friends I've lost through the years," she said. "Positive affirmations keep me motivated; the visual gives me life."
Monthly Giving Impacts our Youth in a Positive Way

Did you know you can help homeless and near-homeless youth by scheduling your 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.

Simply mark the circle that says "Make this a recurring donation deducted" and then choose Weekly or Monthly. Your gift can be made from a credit or debit card as well as an electronic check.

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

*All donations are tax deductible.
Tip Top Thrift Shop Donates Money from Volunteer-Made Masks

In addition to continuing to make monthly donations to YES, Tip Top Thrift Shop is making an amazing contribution to protect our community during this ongoing pandemic.

Since re-opening earlier this summer (after closing for COVID-19), volunteer Donna Short (pictured) has been making lined face masks largely from discarded fabrics donated to Tip Top.

She offers the masks to customers for $1, and that money is a direct donation to YES. Masks are available for purchase during Tip Top's hours Thurs-Sat. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Many thanks to Donna and everyone at Tip Top Thrift Shop for everything they do for YES. We are so grateful!
Street Outreach Has Ongoing Need for Meals

We need your help filling the meal calendars for our Street Outreach Center for October 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 meals (prepared when delivered) and frozen meals due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Meals need to feed between 20 and 25 youth. Further details can be found on the Meals Donation Page*.

Won't you please Sign Up Today to donate meals so our youth don't Go Hungry?

*All donations are tax deductible.
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 -- and we would love to count on your participation and support!

October 23, 2020 -- Baseballoween, Werner Park
November 2020 -- National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and 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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Email Mike at mwatkins@yesomaha.org with your feedback.

Look for the November 2020 issue of YES News in your mailbox Sunday, Nov. 1! Thank you for helping us spread the word about the great things happening at YES!