The January Mission of the Month is Youth Emergency Services. YES Developmental Director Allison Brown-Corson spoke to the EHUMC congregation on January 17th about how YES serves the homeless and at-risk youth population of Omaha and the various ways we can help. Click on the link to learn more about Youth Emergency Services.
Once a month, the Elkhorn Hills UMC Missions Committee provides a hot meal to the youth served by Youth Emergency Services (YES). If you would like to be part of the mission opportunity, either by donating food items or money to purchase the food, contact LuAnn Dritley.
The mission of YES is to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient. Basically, they help youth in crisis get back to their feet in whatever ways they can. After meeting immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, YES creates a support system to help them flourish. YES envisions a community which understands and embraces its youth, creating an environment where youth homelessness no longer exists.
In 2014-15, YES served more than 1,600 youth through its four programs. The need is growing and so are we. Take a look at some specific outcomes from each of our four programs.
Youth Street Outreach:
Number of interactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,137
Number of youth served (unduplicated) . . . . . 1,564
Written materials distributed . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,269
Health and hygiene products distributed . . . 68,731
Food and drink items distributed . . . . . . . . . . 215,286
Of the 1,564 youth, ages 12 to 21, served by our Street Outreach Program in 2014-15, 181 youth requested and received shelter (99% of those who stated shelter was a need, received it). All youth received warm meals, access to shower and laundry facilities, clothing and hygiene products, care from on-site nurse and referrals, and staff assistance in dealing with their crisis.
Total youth in the program . . . . . .49
Average length of stay . . . . . . . . . 14 days
Of the 49 youth, ages 16 to 18, served by the Emergency Shelter in 2014-15, 100% modeled independent behaviors before exiting the program, 100% of these youth felt safe while in the program, and 54% received care from a nurse during their stay.
Transitional Living Program:
Youth admitted into the program . . . . . . . . . 36
Males . . . . . 16
Females . . . 20
Of the 36 youth, ages 16 to 21, served by our Transitional Living Program in 2014-15, 82% had safe housing upon discharge and 85% secured employment or advanced grade levels.
Youth admitted to the program . . . . . .16
Youth pregnant at intake . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Youth with children at intake . . . . . . . . 13
Of the 16 youth, ages 16 to 21, our Maternity Home served in 2014-15, 90% demonstrated the ability to live independently by paying rent and 100% completed parenting classes.