Youth Emergency Services (YES) is our “Mission of the Month.” Elkhorn Hills has provided support to YES for the last several years. The OWH has a front-page article about the YES organization; click here to read the Omaha World Herald article. See information below about YES and additional EHUMC Mission opportunities.
Elkhorn Hills UMC Volunteer Opportunity
The Elkhorn Hills UMC Missions Committee has arranged to provide a hot meal to the YES youth once a month. On Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, the planned menu is fried chicken, cheesy potato casserole, salad (or vegetable), rolls and dessert. 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. If you would like to bring a meal outside of EHUMC’s schedule, please contact Youth Emergency Services at 402-345-5187. Thank you for your generosity!
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.
Youth Street Outreach
YES outreach workers hit the streets of greater Omaha, looking for youth in crisis. They carry backpacks filled with basic needs and emergency supplies and patrol the areas where homeless and at-risk youth tend to congregate. Outreach workers are trained to identify a young person in need and to provide immediate information and services.
Depending on the weather, our outreach team patrols downtown Omaha, Council Bluffs and other parts of the metro area four to five days per week. YES outreach workers wear clothing which clearly identifies them as YES outreach workers. Outreach workers invite homeless and street-dependent youth, ages 12 to 21, to the YES Street Outreach Center. Youth are welcome to this safe place to have a meal, shower, do laundry and meet other young people. The staff is available for emotional support and to assist youth in other areas such as: Education Planning, Job Searching, Crisis Intervention, Advocacy, Problem Solving, and Computer Access.
A registered nurse from the Visiting Nurse Association is on staff three days a week at the Street Outreach Center. In addition to basic health counseling, she can provide HIV, STD and pregnancy testing along with prevention counseling and parenting classes.
YES has provided short-term emergency shelter for youth in crisis since 1974. The shelter is available to youth ages 16 to 18. Youth seeking shelter services are screened to ensure appropriate placement and safety of the residents. The emergency shelter is a family-style residence with divided sleeping areas for male and female guests. Youth share meals, television and computer privileges, and recreation and laundry facilities in a community area. A trained staff of counselors, advocates and youth workers spends individual, focused time with residents to help them work through the problems they face.
To learn more about the programs YES provides and about opportunities to contribute to the organization, please visit www.yesomaha.org.