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To serve homeless and near-homeless youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.


OR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, Youth Emergency Services has been providing services and programs to homeless and near-homeless youth ages 12-21.

Causes of youth homelessness: • Abuse: Nearly half of homeless and runaway youth cite physical or sexual abuse as the reason they left home. • Foster care: Foster care youth are discharged from the state at age 19, often lacking income, education and social support. • Sexual orientation: More than 25% of LGBTQ teens are rejected by their families and end up on the streets. • Pregnancy: Many young mothers run away or are kicked out because they are pregnant. Effects of youth homelessness: • Instability: With no permanent address, it’s virtually impossible for homeless youth to attend school, get a job and secure housing. • Survival sex: One in four youth has traded sex for survival means such as food, clothing and shelter. • Violence: This year, more than 6,000 homeless youth will die from assault, illness or suicide.

Programs offered: • Street Outreach / Street Outreach Center: YES Outreach Staff seek out youth in crisis and offer basic need items and emergency supplies. Youth are invited to visit the Street Outreach Center to receive additional services including a hot meal, a warm shower and the opportunity to meet with a nurse. • Emergency Shelter:A short-term housing solution for youth needing immediate shelter. • Maternity Home: A program that supports and provides long-term housing for pregnant and/or parenting teen mothers. • Transitional Living Programs: Offers youth long-term services while living in apartment-style housing and working with case managers to set and accomplish goals. • Mentoring: Every youth in our Transitional Living Program and Maternity Home has the opportunity to be matched with a mentor. GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Monetary Donations Your cash gift is vital to the mission of ending youth homelessness. Additionally, many companies will match your generous donation. Gifts can be made via the YES website and placed in honor or memory of a loved one or special occasion. Event Sponsorship/Attendance YES hosts two annual events including a golf outing in May and Dance for a Chance in August. For more information about the events, sponsorships or event tickets, please visit the YES website,

In-Kind Donations Hygiene items, teen and baby clothing, diapers, food and drinks. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Organize a Drive or Fundraiser Organize a drive to secure items on the YES Wish List. Each program has different needs for the youth it serves. Provide a Meal YES serves over 700 meals a month. Help by preparing meals off-site and delivering them to our Street Outreach Center ready to be served to our youth who visit daily. This facility is open Monday-Saturday with varying hours and numbers of youth served each day. Tip Top Thrift Shop Volunteer Donate, shop, or volunteer! Tip Top Thrift Shop is a committed partner in raising funds for YES. Help our mission prosper by sorting donations, cashiering or assisting customers at the store. Tip Top is located in the heart of Benson at 5910 Maple Street. Mentor Join our mentoring program and invest in Omaha’s youth. Provide support and guidance to young mothers in our Maternity Home or young adults in our Transitional Living Program.

YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES 2679 Farnam St., Ste. 205 • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 345-5187 Executive Director: Mary Fraser Meints Board President/Chairman: Bryan Peterson To volunteer or to donate contact: Maren Larsen, Volunteer Coordinator (402) 345-5187 Ext. 117 • 2019

WISH LIST: • Twin and full bed sheet sets • Household supplies • Deodorant and body wash


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• Cleaning supplies • Towels • Bus passes (Adults w/transfer)

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