Youth Emergency Services Impact Report 2018

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Board of Directors Bryan Peterson

President ACI Worldwide

Jeff Ziemba Vice-President D.A. Davidson & Company

Allen Hager Treasurer CHI Health

Kelly Staup Secretary Lindsay Corporation

Ashley Brooks Arbor Bank

Casey Dyer Union Pacific

Kellie Harry Mutual of Omaha

Matt Hruska West Corporation

David Ortman First National Bank of Omaha

YES Served More Youth than Ever Before in 2018


or decades, homeless and near-homeless youth lived in society’s shadows – unnoticed and largely ignored. Part of that was due to limited services available to help and support them – but it was also because they chose to lay low and out of the view of society. But that stigma is changing every day – and Youth Emergency Services (YES) is playing a life-changing and life-saving role in that evolution. In 2017-2018, YES served nearly 4,000 young people through our various programs – a 25 percent increase from the previous year. This is a testament to our efforts to change the internal and external perceptions of homelessness as we work to end it. We’re accomplishing this, in part, by providing more prevention services – funding to help pay rent and utilities to keep young people in their homes. We also help them become more self-sufficient through our job readiness program that not only helps connect young people with employment but

also helps them build the skills to keep and excel in those jobs. While we’re offering additional services, more and more youth are also finding out about us – and taking a step out of the shadows to take control of their lives and establish bright futures. Youth homelessness is still here and will be for the foreseeable future. But because of your compassion and support, YES is able to make a measurable impact – as reflected by the tremendous numbers and information in this Impact Report. Together, we are working to end youth homelessness and near-homelessness while making our community stronger and better every day. With gratitude,

Mary Fraser Meints Executive Director

Robert Schartz Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP

Matthew Snyder Omaha Door & Window

Eric Stec One World Community Health On the Cover:

Mentor Bridget and mentee Kendra (right) were matched in November 2017 and built a relationship that continues to flourish. Small photos include former youth, Kayla, staff member Maren, and current youth, David.

YES Changes Lives

“I have always been aware that there are children who are living in poverty and even homeless, but it wasn’t until coming to YES that I was able to see the reality of what they face. I love supporting YES because I believe I have the best of both worlds — working with the people who make our mission possible, and being able to see the smiles on the faces of the youth we serve made possible by our supporters’ generosity.” — Maren Larsen Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator

Bryan Peterson Board President

Our Mission:

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

YES Impacts Lives!

Youth Emergency Services (YES) was founded in 1974 by a group of community volunteers who noticed homeless youth hanging around in Omaha's Old Market district. At first, YES was led strictly by volunteers — they invited youth in crisis to stay in their homes. Now, YES has the staff to meet the needs of youth.

Programs and Services

No matter the situation, Youth Emergency Services offers a range of programs and services. We believe all youth, no matter where they come from or who they are, should feel safe and welcome. Throughout our programs, YES offers specialized case management services, the opportunity for youth to be paired with a community mentor and weekly support groups to help youth build life skills, make connections and strengthen relationships.

Street Outreach

Started in 1999, the Street Outreach Progam engages homeless and street-dependent youth, ages 12 to 21. Youth are welcome at this safe place to eat a meal, take a hot shower, do laundry, meet with health care professionals and get help obtaining a license or identification.

Emergency Shelter

YES Invests in Youth

“I support YES because it provides a continuum of care to the most vulnerable members of our community. YES doesn’t just protect kids in the moment, it invests in their future success and ability to be independent, productive adults.” — Kellie Harry YES Board Member

The YES Emergency Shelter has been serving youth in crisis for more than 40 years and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with youth care workers who provide individualized support for homeless youth ages 16-20 to get them back on track.

Transitional Living

In 2008, YES launched its Transitional Living Program (TLP) which provides long-term services to runaway and homeless youth, ages 16 to 21. TLP residents live in apartment-style homes for a maximum of 18 months and work closely with intensive case managers with the goal of gaining safe, secure housing.

Maternity Group Home

The Maternity Group Home provides services to runaway and homeless youth, ages 16 to 21, who are pregnant or parenting and may not be able to access services. Residents live in a family-style residence for a maximum of 18 months and work closely with case managers with the goal of becoming self-sufficient.


The Mentoring Program creates a special opportunity for youth to develop a positive, sustained relationship with a trustworthy and influential adult to help guide them on a path to success.

Human Trafficking

Working in conjunction with the Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA)’s Indigo program, YES strives every day to stop human trafficking in and around the Omaha Metro. Indigo is a resource for building awareness, educating the community and healing victims of human trafficking for young people ages 17-24.


Youth Emergency Services fiscal year runs July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Complete audited and certified financial statements and 990 are available.

Youth Emergency Services is proud to serve all area youth — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or school district — and provide an environment that is free from hatred, violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and fear. Our Youth need this now more than ever.



Average Age of Youth Served by Youth Emergency Services

Youth in TLP Program Employed or Actively Looking for Work


Youth Served through Street Outreach Program



Mothers/Expectant Mothers Attained High School Diploma or Equivalency

Meals Served


TLP Youth Secured Safe Housing Upon Discharge


Volunteer Hours per Month*



Youth Served by Mentoring Program

141 Days Average Length of Stay in TLP

*including mentors

Our Vision: We envision a community which understands and embraces its youth, creating an environment where youth homelessness no longer exists.

Thank you to everyone who supports our Youth!

Listed below are donors who provided generous monetary gifts in support of homeless youth. Not included here are the countless individuals, groups and companies who supported YES with in-kind donations.

For a list of generous individual donors, please visit


American Eagle Outfitters Foundation Barkledge Foundation Big Lots Foundation Born This Way Foundation Dillon Foundation Dixon Family Foundation Dr. CC & Mabel Criss Foundation Edward and Lida Robinson Charitable Trust Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation First National Bank Hawks Foundation Heistand Foundation Hitchcock Foundation James Semerad Foundation Kim Foundation

BUSINESS PARTNERS Alamo Draft House Aksarben ARS of Omaha American National Bank Ameriprise Financial Bank of the West Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Brookestone Meadows Rehabilitation and Care Center Buffalo Wild Wings C&A Industries, Inc. Casey’s General Stores College World Series of Omaha CSG Systems, Inc. Curnes Financial Group DTN, LLC Edward Jones Enterprise Bank Farm Credit Services FBG Service Corporation Great Western Bank HD Vest Investment Services SM Honey Creek Creamery, Inc.

Leland and Dorothy Olson Foundation Lincoln Financial Foundation Lori and David Scott Foundation Lozier Foundation Mammel Family Foundation Manota E. Simon Foundation Midlands Community Foundation M&M Foundation Mutual of Omaha Foundation Omaha Community Foundation Pacific Life Foundation Parker Family Foundation PK & KE Gerdes Charitable Foundation Project Everlast/Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

House of Mufflers and Brakes Kroger Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc. Lockton Marcotte Insurance Agency, Inc. Mar-vic Enterprises LLC Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services Midlands Mentoring Partnership MMC Mechanical Contractors, INC. Modern Woodmen of America Camp 8037 Nebraska Medicine Network for Good Omaha Community Foundation OneOK Inc. Oriental Trading Company Outlinc, Inc. PayPal PenFed Credit Union PEO Chapter BX Physicians Mutual Qtego

Renaissance Charitable Foundation Richard Brooke Foundation Robbins Family Charitable Trust Robert B. Daugherty Foundation RSM Foundation Rupert Dunklau Foundation Sokolof Foundation Sherwood Foundation Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation Tides Foundation Tulsa Community Foundation United Way of the Midlands Webster Family Foundation William and Ruth Scott Foundation

QuikTrip Corporation ServiceMaster Commercial Building Cleaning Snap Photos and Design LLC The Benevity Community Impact Fund Thrivent Financial Tip Top Thrift Shop Truist, Inc. UBS Financial Services Vintage Ballroom Werner Enterprises WoodmenLife Yoga Now

All proceeds from the sale of donated clothing and home goods at Tip Top Thrift Shop support YES’ mission of ending youth homelessness.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Ackerman Elementary All Saints Episcopal Church Augustana Lutheran Church Bethany Lutheran Church Women Bethesda Sr. Living Communities: Hickory Villa Big O! Bears Blackburn High School Brookstone Meadows Rehabilitation and Care Center Church of the Holy Spirit Church Women United of Nebraska Church Women United Omaha Charles Drew Health Clinic Citylight Church Countryside Community Church Covenant Presbyterian Church Dodge Cares, Inc. Dundee Presbyterian Church Faith-Westwood Methodist Church Women’s Group First Central Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship First Presbyterian Church First United Methodist Church


Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP ACI Worldwide American Railcar Industries Amsted Rail A. Stucki Company B&P Enterprises C&A Industries, Inc. Colliers International Cornerstone Restoration Cranemasters, Inc. D.A. Davidson First Data First National Bank of Omaha Fun Services GATX Rail General Electric Railcar Services Greenbriar Rail Services Harbor Rail Services Harry A. Koch Hulcher Services, Inc.

Grace United Methodist Women Gretna UMC Women Harvey Oaks Homeowners Association Holy Cross Lutheran Church Holy Family School System Kiwanis Club of Omaha - East Kiwanis Club of Omaha - Westside Knights of Columbus #6192 Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church Women’s Circles Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) Moms Club of Southwest Omaha Nebraska Children’s Home Society Nebraska Legal Aid Nebraska Chive Nebraska Funk & Soul Alliance New Friends Of Omaha Olive Crest United Methodist Church Omaha Christian Singles, Inc. OneOC Pacific Life Retirement Solutions Division Ponca Courtesy Prairie Hills Community of Christ Church Presbyterian Church of The Master

Presbyterian Women Church Of The Cross Project Everlast Ralston United Church of Christ Rejoice Lutheran Church Rockbrook United Methodist Church Second Unitarian Church Springfield United Methodist Church St Andrew’s Episcopal Church St Thomas Lutheran Church St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church St. Luke Quilters St. Mary’s Guild All Saints Episcopal Church St. Michael Lutheran Church St. Paul United Methodist Church St. Wenceslaus Squires #5573 Knights of Columbus The Ambassadors The Campus Kitchen Project The Quarters Neighborhood Association Tip Top Thrift Shop Trinity United Methodist United Way of The Midlands Westside Baptist Church Woodmen of the World Chapter 704

Lejak and Associates, Inc. Lincoln Financial Group Lindsay Corporation Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. Mainline Services, LLC McCarthy Capital Midlands Carrier Transicold Miner Enterprises, Inc. MPL Innovations, Inc. Mutual of Omaha Mutual of Omaha Bank New York Air Brake Corportation Progress Rail Services Physicians Mutual Rick Franklin Corporation RJ Corman Railroad Co. RoadSafe Traffic Systems Security National Bank Strato, Inc. Standard Steel

Ticket Express The Timken Company TTX Company Union Pacific UNMC Internal Medicine Valmont Industries Verdant Group WatcoWabtec Corporation Williams Hayward Protective Coatings WinWaterworks

YES Offers Second Chances “I came to YES thinking ‘What are you waiting for?.. what do you have to lose?’ This was my second chance to get my life back on track.” — David YES Youth

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Terence Adkins Beverly Alexander Laura Alley Heather Almond Nichoals Amatangelo Lori Andersen Linda Andersen Barbara and Dennis Anderson John Andresen Heidi Andsager Ellie Archer Christina Arellano Timothy Arkfeld Christine Arnaiz Duane Arp Nancy Arp Beth Ascher Sandra Ash Stephen and Donna Ashmore Susan Baechle Zachary Baer Ruth Baker Terry and Patricia Baker Aubrey Baker Ashley Banaszek Marlene Bang Linda Bannister Mary Jo Barbush-Weiss Abigail Barla Jenny and Todd Barnett Maggie Barnett Laura Barrett Shelbi Barriage Dana Bartee Ken Bartholomew Lisa Bartholow Philip and Barbara Bauer Melissa Beagley John Beck Thomas Becka Steve and Nancy Beckwith Megan Belcher Amy Benedict Jodi Benenson Jana Benitez Robert Bennett Phillip and Kelly Benoit

Judy Berns Samuel Bierner Robert and Kathleen Binderup Catherine Bishop JoAnn Bkatt James Blachnik David Black JoAnn Blatt Ted Blatter Tully Bledsoe Dan Bleyhl Richard Blocker Catherine Bloom Kristina Bobb Bernard Bockelmann Brian and Dawn Bodnar David and Winnie Boegly Erika Boesen Joan Bohannon Hilary Bond Amy Bones Rachel Bonnema Jackie Borcyk Abby Borgmann William Borgmann Karen Bortol Dee Bowen Esther Brabec Barbara Braden Joni Bragg Courtney Brewer Terri Briest Nancy Brookhart Ashley Brooks Danielle Brown Ellie Bruckner Dean and Diane Bruggeman Wendy Buchholz Donald and Carolyn Bukowski Christina Burghardt Roger and Joanne Burns Russell and Janette Burton Betsy and Robert Buschkemper Chrissy Cacioppo Jason Cadek Terry Calek Cynthia Calhoun

Brian Callaghan Royce and Joan Campbell Mechere Campbell Juan Cano Angel and Dave Carl Jonathan Carleton Judith Carlin Cherie Carlson Rodney Carlson Laurie Carrel Sal and Mary Kay Carta Kirsten Case Kathleen Casper Stephan Castellane John Cattaneo Victoria Cerino Amy Cerra Wendy Chapman Elizabeth Charbonneau Tina Cherica Susie and Gary Chesley Robert and Malissa Christiansen Shahab Abdessalam and Cindy Frazier Kathy Clark Mary Lee Clarke Glen Clatanoff April Clausen Nicki Cleveland Rachael Cohen Thomas and Jade Cole Barb Coleman Amy Collins Sharon Conlon Thomas and Rebecca Connors Donna Cook Kenneth Coon Earl Cooper Tyler Cooper Kathrine Coppler Martie and Sara Cordaro Kathleen Courtnage Mary and John Couture Christine and Randall Crnkovich Nathan and Missy Croom Jean-Paul Cushing Mark and Teresa Dagostino Malay Dalal

Ellen Dasher Jeramy Decker Theresa Dein Paula Deitering Jeanne DeMars Adam and Stacy DeMuth Carol Dennison Dan Dickmeyer Julie Dierberger Thomas and Kathryn Diesing Mary and Lehr Louis Dircks Stephanie Domanski Maureen Dorcey Joseph and Catherine Dorenbach Anna Drvol Marjie Ducey Connie Duckert Charles and Linda Duckworth Gayle Duda Marguerite Dunn Scott Durbin Gina Durfee William Dwyer Casey Dyer Paula Eastman Kristin Eaton Pamela Ebling Tom Eilers Beth Eliason Elias Eliopoulos Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel John Else and Cathy Roller Sara English Jeff Eske Mark Evans and Peg Miller-Evans Jazmine Everett Michael and Linda Everts Tory Ewing Shirley Eyre Brian Fahey Lea Farho Kevin Farmer William and Kay Farrell Timothy Farrell Lois Feddersen Rodney and Carol Feelhaver Adrian Ferguson

Brenda Fester Connie and Steven Feyerherm Ashley and Andrew Flater John Flor Sagda Flowers Patrick Flynn Jennifer Ford Gail Formanack Thomas Fortune Cory Fosmer Sara Foxley Thomas and Ruth Frank Julie Fraser Mary Fraser Meints Cindy Frazier Judith Freeland Carolyn Fritzsch Megan Froehlich Tim Fuerstenau Meredith A. Fuller and Jim Luyten Brenda Funk Jeffrey Funke Judith Gaeddert Joanne Gaines Roger Garcia Stephanie Gardella David and Linda Gardels Lyle Garrelts Wendy Wiseman and Gary Gustafson Nolan Gaskill Tonee Gay Kristen Genier Cal German Robert Benzel and Gerry Sullivan Sasan Gholami Peg Gibbs Mary Kingslan Gibilisco and John Gibilisco Carol Gilbert Daniel Gilbert Charles Gill John Gillogly Margaret Girard Robert Gittins Sheila Gleason Jennifer Glomb Karen Gluck Lori Goc

Marilyn Goetzinger Cynthia Goff Cindi Goff Anthony Goff David Goldner Kay Lynn Goldner G.A. Goldsborough Jerald and Elizabeth Golmanavich Cindy Goodin Eugene and Janice Goodin Farrah Grant Deborah Grant Diane Greenfield Jennifer Griffin Miller Jeffrey Grinnell Brad Gross Aaron Grote Deann Grovijohn Elena Gudjenov Mary Guin-Knoll Brandy Gustoff Stephanie Guy Cynthia Hadsell James Hager Sandra Ham Jennifer Hamann Linda Hammer Julie Hanen Amy Haney Terry and Judy Haney Nick Haney Lisa Hansen Marlene Hansen Peder and Andrea Hansen Marlene Hansen-Kaplan Jim Hanson David Harding Peg Harriott Sherry and Jim Harrold Kellie Harry Jane Hart Joe Hawbaker Winifred Hawkins Andrea Hayes Paul Heaberlin Brett and Angela Heckens Phyllis Heideman

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Angela Heim Linda Heim Cameron Helkuik Sherry Helmke Kristin Hembree Brett Hemmerling Cynthia Henderson Lowell and Brenda Hennigs Ann and Gary Henningsen Carl and Tammy Henningsen Francis Herzog Joseph and Elizabeth Heskew Robert Hess Jerilee Hieb Donald Hieb Shirley Higbee Rosey Higgs Alexandra Higgs Tracy Hightower-Henne Amanda Hileman Thomas Hilgendorf Scott and Terri Hill Sandra Hill Carroll-Ann Hinchion Anne Hindery Ram Hingorani Becky Hittner Sheila and Daniel Hoffman Aaron Hoffman Lakelyn Hogan Susan Hollman Cheryl Holloway Alex Hook Sally Hopley Laura Horan-Fortina Walter Horner Mark and Mary Horrum Don and Ann Hosford Linda Hotchkiss Eileen Howell Elizabeth Hruska Andrew Hubbard Cathy Hudson Melissa Hudson-Benash Julie Huff Nancy Hulstein Kelsey Hunke

Teresa Hunter Virginia and Dale Inglis Sharon Ingram Rick and Patti Iske Deborah Israel Amanda Iwansky Kelly Jenkins Audrey Jensen John Jeppesen Lindsey Jessen Jason Jewell Kelly Johns Garry and Loraine Johnson Stephen and Christine Johnson Sarah Johnson Nancy Johnson Kerry Johnson Johnson Family Rod and Linda Jones Scott Jones Lori Jorgensen Beth Jorns Gary and Sally Kaplan Selvakumar Karunakaran Dana Kaufman Jane Kelley Justin Kemerling Kathryn Kemerling Victor and Jan Kensler Kathleen Kersey Cindy and Matthew Key Kris Khan Anna Killion Katie Kimball Taylor Kirkman George Kleine Christie Klos Diane Knicky Ronald Knudson Susan Koenig Nicole Koneck-Wilwerding Mike Korner Richard Kousgaard Ann Marie Krahulec Diane Kratz Christopher Krause Debi Krause

Maggie Krejci Ashley Kresl Chris Krull Dana Kuhl Chris LaCroix Carol Lacroix Michael LaCroix Lois LaFon Sarah Lake Janet Lamb Thomas and Debra Lammel Debbra Landolt Nick Langel Dale and Darla Langendorfer Patricia Lanphier Maren and Curtis Larsen Stacy Laue Barbara Laughlin Kristen Lazare Maccliss Steve Lazoritz Gary and Cheryl Lerner Jennifer Levi William Lewis Thomas Liefer Lynee Liermann Dawn Linder Edward Lindsay Lori Lines Sharif Liwaru Tracy Locarni Vikki Lopez Parrott Helen Lovell George and Sandy Lozier Paul Lubbers Jeffrey Lulf James Luyten Marjorie and Preston Maas Richard MacInnes Kathie Magnuson Nuzhat Mahmood James and Sheila Mair Heather Mansfield Katherine Martikainen Jana Martin Mainor Martinez Ursula Marxsen Jeremy Maskel

Cheryl Matthews Alice Mauer Mike and Holly Maxey Terrill Maxwell Ken Mayer Kari Mayo Heather McBeth Robert McCammond Christopher and Margaret McClenny Sara McClure Deborah and John McCollister Scott McCollister Tamela McCreadie Tom and Cindy McGowan Mike McGrath Kathryn McKinley Michael McMeekin Timothy McNally Margaret McReynolds Ray Meints Jessie Menck Donald and Karen Metzger Clay and Jo Meyer Jenny and Kip Meyer Lisa Meyer Jennifer Meyer Julie Mezmur Bob Michelic Jody Miller Ric and Pam Miller Shawn Miller Beth and Steven Mincer Emily and Craig Moody Jessica Moore Jane Moore Page Moore Colin Moriarty Lisa Moritz Beth Morrissette Cindy Morrissey Aaron and Dialaht Moser Susan Murphy Toni Myers Deda Myhre Lynne Mytty Suzanne Neal Dot Neill

Steve and Lisa Nelson Dave Nelson Ann and Keith Nelson Rebecca Newberry Sharee and Murray Newman Jaime Nicolarsen Kelly Nielsen Marta Nieves Marion Norman Brenda Norton Sharon Novotny Carrie Novotny Margaret A. Nusser Gerlach Chinwendu Nwinye Ilka Oberst Maureen and Craig O’Connor Kay Olson Kristi Omar Joan O’Reilly Marjorie O’Reilly David Ortman Jacqueline Osmera Mike Oswald Christian Otwell Jan Packard Patricia Packard Mark Palmesano Nicholas Panko Anne Pape Jonathan Paper Mary and Paul Parr Kelley Patton Melissa Pearse Ilahi Pearson Mary Pechar Susan Perkins Marvin Petersen Gordon Peterson Bryan and Tracy Peterson David Peterson Anita Peterson Laura Peterson Courtney Pfeiffer Jim and Pat Phalen Pam Phillippe Chris and Jane Phillips Emily J Phillips

Erica Pieper Linda Placzek James Polack Elaine Pomeroy Joan Poore Erin Porterfield Katherine Powers Vicki Pratt Daniel and Nancy Pridal Patrick Prince Manuel Pubillones Taylor Pugh Barton Pugh Nancy and Richard Rachwitz Gretchen Radler Nancy Ramsey John Ransom Gerry and Dee Rathouz-Ebel Mary Pat and Laurence Raynor Robert Reed Jill Reiss Evelyn Render-Katz C.E. Resovich Seth Reyes Mary Rhodes Amy Richardson Hadley Richters Joyce Rickard Bill and Susan Ricketts William Ricketts Maureen Ries Tim and Julie Riewer Eli Rigatuso Janelle Riggers Jennifer Ritter Laraine Roberts Katherine Roberts Cathi Roberts Dave Robertson Jonathon and Stacey Rockman M.J. Rodriguez Ron Roemmich Denise Rogondino Laura Romano George Rood Irma Rosberg Michael Rosenthal

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Dennis Ross Andrew Rouillard William and Marie Rourick Jan Rowley Ryan Royse Kathy Roza Susan Rudnicki Lauren Ruhe Briana Ruhl Robert Runyon Barbara Ruser Brigette Ryalls Kristin Ryba Andrew Ryba Robert Sall Amy Sand Rebecca Sandiland Mary Sassen Gale Sayers Proby Kendra Sayler Jeff Schaffart Rita Scheibeler Jerod and Gina Schlake Stephanie Schnabel Becky Schnabel Ardyce Schoonover Dennette Schroeder Prentice Schuetz Mark Schulze Cameron Scott Jessica Scott Keith Scott David and Lori Scott Patricia Scoville Jennifer Scrivener Dalma Seitelbach Ashley Selzer Francis Severin Andrea Shald Alta Sharp Janae Shillito Jaime Short Sherianne Shuler Grace Simard Jackie Rau Simmons Jacqueline S. Simmons Chad Sinclair

Amber Sindelar Sarah Sinovic Ron and Patty Skwarek Jamie Slump Bamby Slupe Lori Smith Elizabeth O. Smith Jennifer M. Smith Pattie Smith Rebecca Snyder Dwaine and Diane Sohnholz Mark Sorensen Gloria Sorey Mary Sorrell Michael and Shirley Sorrell Carrie Spencer Jeffery Spilinek Stacy Spulak Chad and Sephera Staley Lynnette Stamler Allan Stamler Malinda Stanley Thomas Stejskal Stephanie Sterling Vallery Stewart Marylin Stewart Kathy Stockham Robert Stofferson Kelli and William Stott Ryan Strawhecker Holly Sturm Juliet Summers Marshall Sundberg Melisa Sunde Dave and Christy Sutton Dylan Sutton Lukas Sutton Katherine Sutula Ashley Swartz Suzanne and Kirk Swartzbaugh Laura Sweeney Andrea Sydow Richard Symonsbergen Deborah Talen Mary Talen Laurie Tatum Charney Taub Rosinsky

Isobel M. Taylor Orene Taylor Samuel Tepanossian Sandy Terry Alexandra Terry Beverly Therkildson Raymond and Lola Thiel Susan Thomas Lauren Thomas-Kincaid Melissa Thompson Austin and Dorothy Thompson Joseph and Marisa Thompson Sherry and Paul Thompson Monte Thompson Nancy Thompson Jerllyn Thurber Melissa Tibbits Lisa Jo Tierney Kyle Timp Rick and Holly Tiwald Jean Tosoni Margaux Towne Mark Treinen Sheridan Trent Anne Trimble Annette Troshynski Natalie Troxel Denene Turner Kent and Linda Tyler Mariano Uberti Claris Udd Kim Uhlir Elizabeth Valenti James Vanarsdall and Gloria Sorey Jay and Amy Vankat Janet Voelker Nancy Vogel Susanna Von Essen Linda VonDollen Denise Waddell Terri Wagman Jeffrey and Deanna Wagner Benjamin Wallace Cheryll Wallace Dennis and Annette Walsh Daniel Walsh Tara Warren

Terri and Alan Wasmoen Jane Waters-Parks Mary Watke Ronald Watts Morgan Wax Michael Webb James and Sara Welbourn Kenneth Wellsandt JoAnn Wellsandt Janet West Patricia West David White Watie White Bob Whitehouse Verna Whitfield Patricia Wicht Ann Wieringa William Willett Katina and Troy Williams

Nancy Williams Lynn Williams Jo Williams Paul Williamson Barbara Wilson Donald Wilson Lucas Wilson-Stepan Scott Winkler Isaac Witkowski Tim and Noreen Witty Craig and Tiffani Wolf Lucile Wood Maggie Wood Jim and Kathy Wood David Woods Karla Woods Brian Woolfolk Dave and Marcia Workman Joseph and Jean Wreschnig

Whitney Wright Janet Wunderlich Patrick Wyman Takuya and Rachel Yamamoto Daniel Yates Nancy Yates Cohen Robert Yerdon Shana Young Michele Zadalis Christina Zahid Carla Zak Brian Zaversnik Kirby and Mary Zicafoose Jeffrey Ziemba Josephine Zywiec

“Every donation is important to us. We apologize for any inadvertently omitted names of contributors during the July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 fiscal year. Please contact Barb Farho at to let us know if your support is not listed.”

YES Helped Kayla Achieve Her Dream

Four years ago, Kayla dropped out of her high school in Alabama and focused on raising her two young children. Desperately in need of support, she had no family willing to help her. She was on her own. Kayla decided it was time for a change and relocated to the Omaha area. Shortly after her move north, she entered YES’ Maternity Group Home and hit the ground running. YES was able to help her re-enroll in school at Blackburn Alternative. She is one of nearly 4,000 homeless or near-homeless youth helped each year by YES. She gained part-time employment at Subway and set up daycare and Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) services for her children. Kayla’s ultimate dream was to join the United States Air Force. After meeting with a recruiter, she worked diligently to take care of a previous legal citation from Alabama. She was determined not to let anything stop her from achieving her dream. She was asked to speak at her high school graduation in 2018 and inspired her fellow graduates with her story. In her speech, she said: “Some of us had it rougher than others, but we still make it.” Kayla graduated from Boot Camp in San Diego in January, and after several months apart, was reunited with her children shortly after to start the next phase of her life. Although each story is unique, many youth find a path to success and self-sufficiency. Thank you for your continued support to serve Kayla and all the young lives YES impacts every day by giving them hope.

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