For years, you have been providing the support needed to keep the Youth Emergency Services’ shelter open as a safe place for homeless and at-risk youth. Today, the security homeless youth feel while staying at the shelter is in jeopardy without your help.
With no other options, last year 75 youth sought alternative, unsafe housing because of age limits at many shelters. Many of these young people chose to sleep on the streets instead of staying in local adult shelters where they would be the youngest and most vulnerable residents. Adult shelters can be a scary place for these youth.
YES recognized this need in the community and recently expanded services to accommodate these youth. With this growth comes added costs to provide food, case management, and additional resources. YES is the only nonprofit in Omaha with the focused mission of helping homeless and at-risk youth. For youth like Jessica, there was nowhere else to turn.
Jessica moved from Mississippi to Omaha, she made some poor choices, and ended up in jail almost immediately. Upon her release in early December 2015, her aftercare worker immediately called YES’ Emergency Shelter.
Since Jessica’s intake at the shelter, she has been taking her responsibilities seriously by checking on survivor’s benefits from her deceased father, making calls to her former case workers, filling out applications for housing opportunities, and applying for jobs.
“Jessica came into the program knowing what she wanted, but needed the tools and guidance to reach them,” said Emergency Shelter Coordinator Lori Lines.
Jessica is now approved for rehousing, working to support herself through a new job, and pursuing her GED at a local community college.
“They gave me a roof over my head and resources to make a better life,” Jessica said.
Youth living on the streets face unthinkable situations every day. You recognize the need for these youth to have a safe place to sleep at night, and you advocate for them with your donation to Youth Emergency Services.
With your gift, you are giving youth, like Jessica, the tools and resources to help them succeed in school, get a job, and become independent, thriving members of our community. More than that, you are giving them hope for the future.