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  • Tip Top Thrift Shop

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    Tip Top has been a staple in the Benson area for many years. Here are a few things that make this thrift shop one not to miss on your next shopping trip.

    1. The merchandise is constantly changing. Tip Top receives donations every day, and they are all priced to sell. The key to finding the best thrift store deals is to shop early and often!

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    2. All of the “employees” are actually volunteers. Different groups rotate days and shifts to make sure the store is always fully staffed, and they always welcome shoppers with a warm smile!

    3. Specials change daily. One day you might receive $1 off all clothing items priced over $3. Another day, all books might be $1. The opportunities to save money are endless!

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    4. All proceeds go to support Youth Emergency Service. Yes! The merchandise is donated, the employees are all volunteer, and that means that all profits go to support YES’ mission of ending youth homelessness in our community.

    What more of a reason do you need to stop by?

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    Tip Top Thrift Shop
    5910 Maple St
    Omaha, NE 68104
    (402) 551-1302
    Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM


  • Safe Place

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    If a youth has ever been in a dangerous situation, they need to know about Safe Place.

    If a teen is the victim of assault or violence, they need to know about Safe Place.

    If any young person is ever afraid to return home, they need to know about Safe Place. 

    What is Safe Place? National Safe Place is an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for all youth in crisis. 

    How it works? Safe Place forms partnerships with local business and other locations including libraries to offer youth a safe and secure location to go in a time of need.

    1. When youth find themselves in a crisis situation, the teen can find a Safe Place location through text message. When the youth arrives at the Safe Place location, they will then tell an employee they need help. 

    2. Once an employee is notified, they will contact Youth Emergency Services, the local Safe Place affiliate, for assistance. Within 20-30 minutes or less, the Safe Place volunteer will arrive to talk with the youth and transport them to the agency, if necessary, for counseling, support, a place to stay, or other resources.

    3. Once at the Safe Place agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support, resources, and help. Family members or guardians are called to let them know that their child is safe. Agency staff make sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional referrals they need. 

    Safe Place is a vital resource for all youth! Safe Place offers youth a safe alternative to dangerous or potentially harmful situations. 

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    How you can help! National Safe Place Week is March 16-22. To kick off the week, YES is holding a Safe Place Awareness Walk on Monday, March 17 at noon. We will begin on the steps of City Hall where a proclamation will be read. We will then continue through downtown towards Urban Abbey. Everyone is invited to join us and help spread the word about Safe Place!

    For more information, please email info@yesomaha.org.


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  • Street Out Reach Program: Lonnie’s Story

    Lonnie’s life has had many different paths, and for a long time it didn’t have a clear direction.

    At the age of 7, Lonnie was adopted. He had parents, siblings, and a place to call home. But all of that quickly changed after he turned 18. It was at that time his parents decided that he was on his own.

    “They turned me off to the streets,” says Lonnie.

    Without the support of his family, Lonnie found himself homeless and alone.

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    Once Lonnie heard about the Youth Emergency Services Drop-In Center, he has become a regular. Lonnie goes to the Drop-In Center daily to receive a hot meal, hygiene supplies, and guidance for the future. Since his arrival, YES staff has helped Lonnie find a place to live and has been able to provide him with the resources he needs to get back on his feet.

    “It’s like a big family,” says Lonnie.

    Now Lonnie not only goes to the Drop-In Center for assistance, he volunteers there. He regularly helps in the pantry and organizes supplies.

    “I have helped so many people out through YES,” says Lonnie.

    Now Lonnie has a plan for his life. He begins college soon and will be studying Criminal Justice with the hopes of being in Law Enforcement one day.


  • Three Way For Teens to Help Homeless Teens

    There are 1.7 million homeless teens in the US. What the what? Even scarier, 1 out of every 3 homeless people is under the age 18. Take action around this issue. We’ve got 3 ways on how YOU can help.

    1. Serve food: Contact the local shelters in your area and get permission to host a special dinner for the homeless teens there – whether that means providing food supplies for the shelter to prepare it or doing a potluck style with your friends!

    2. Start a club at your school: and take action around this issue year-round. You could make hygiene kits, or hold a coat drive, or blanket drive.

    3. Host a charitable basketball game: and ask for items you’re collecting for your drive (aka jeans or supplies to make a care package, etc).


 

In the News

  • Tip Top Thrift Shop

      Tip Top has been a staple in the Benson area for many years. Here are a few things that make this thrift shop one not to miss on your next shopping trip. 1. The merchandise is constantly changing. Tip Top receives donations every day, and they are all priced to sell. The key to finding the best […]

  • Safe Place

    If a youth has ever been in a dangerous situation, they need to know about Safe Place. If a teen is the victim of assault or violence, they need to know about Safe Place. If any young person is ever afraid to return home, they need to know about Safe Place.  What is Safe Place? […]

  • Poem by Anonymous

      Picture and poem by a current YES youth.  

  • Street Out Reach Program: Lonnie’s Story

    Lonnie’s life has had many different paths, and for a long time it didn’t have a clear direction. At the age of 7, Lonnie was adopted. He had parents, siblings, and a place to call home. But all of that quickly changed after he turned 18. It was at that time his parents decided that […]