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  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

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    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of having their annual holiday party, they wanted to spend their time with YES.

    YES arranged for the group to come out to its Emergency Shelter location, where they helped the youth staying at the shelter prepare for the holiday season. Together they baked Christmas cookies and created homemade ornaments.

    Making cookies with the youth was awesome. It was really laid back and really fun. We all enjoyed that the youth jumped right in and they weren’t shy to help us out. The whole thing just felt like a bonding experience even though we had never met them. We had music playing, and certain groups doing certain crafts (baking cookies or making ornaments), but everyone seemed to have a great time. Not only did we get to make new friends, but we got to spend a little holiday time doing some fun activities with them to bring some joy into the season.” – Brittany S.

    It’s so great to see such a young group of individuals recognizing the needs in our community and reaching out to those who could use that extra support! Thanks Girl Scouts!


  • MERRY MEALS

    The holidays are a time of giving. Many people give the gift of time, money, and food. Fortunately for the youth YES serves at the Street Outreach Center, local businesses and companies have been going the extra mile to make sure they have a warm meal this month.

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    It began with a challenge by locally owned restaurant, Sgt. Peffer’s, who asked its customers to help sell 2,000 rolls for Thanksgiving. In return, Sgt Peffer’s would donate a meal to the youth at the Street Outreach Center. Even though they didn’t quite meet their goal, they still generously offered to donate a meal! The youth were overwhelmed with dishes of pasta and rolls. Delicious!

    So what made Sgt. Peffer’s want to help?

    “We love giving back, and after I had heard about Youth Emergency Services and all the things they (you) do, and it sparked our interest. It’s important to have guidance and someone to talk to when you need it. It’s also important to be fed! We decided that giving back to YES would help fulfill our want to pay it forward through our roll sales and to feed the kids and young adults.” – Dana Peffer, Co-Owner/General Manager

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    Each year, ConAgra Foods hosts a fantastic holiday meal for the youth. This year, was no exception. The volunteers served up a warm meal that left everyone with full hearts and stomachs.

    Donations like this are so essential to our mission. Without a stove or oven at the Street Outreach Center, YES is not able to supply a warm meal five days a week without help from the community. Each day, we are blessed by abundant support from individuals, community groups, and businesses. Thank you!


  • YOUTH ART: CAELI

    Art provides an outlet for many of the emotions youth in our program are facing. Below are two pieces by Caeli, a youth in YES’ programs.

    Caeli - Anchor

    Leave your troubles at the bottom of the sea.

    Caeli - Music

    Music is the universal language of the soul.


  • #MORETHANJUSTANUMBER

    November is National Homeless Youth Awareness month. To spread the word about Youth Emergency Services and the work YES is doing to end youth homelessness in Omaha, we are asking all of our followers, supporters, and donors to sign up for Thunderclap.

    What is Thunderclap? Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. Basically, Thunderclap allows users to send a one-time, mass social media message to promote a cause, product, or idea. Once signed-up, Thunderclap will send the message on your behalf when the designated time arrives. In our case, that’s November 3 at 6 PM.

    The catch? Our Thunderclap message will only be sent if we get 100 people to sign up. If we only get 65/3/99 people, the message will not send. Once we hit 100, our message is guaranteed to be sent through the social media networks to all of the user’s friends and followers.

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    What’s the message? More than 300 youth live on the streets of Omaha every night, but these youth are #morethanjustanumber. Numbers can be powerful, but the youth behind this number are even more powerful. The youth who come to YES have stories to tell and dreams that they hope to fulfill. The easiest way to end youth homelessness in Omaha is to raise awareness. With Thunderclap, our voice is louder than ever.

    Will you join us?


  • NEW WHEELS

    Hi! My name is Felicia, and I am going to explain how dedication and hard work helped me buy my first car.

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    Two years ago, I joined a program called Opportunity Passport. This program is for anyone who has been a former ward of the state. Opportunity Passport helps former wards by matching any money saved to help those in need purchase items like laptops for college or cars to help you get to school and work. I strongly encourage anyone who qualifies to sign up.

    The match that I went for was the car match. Over the course of two long years, I saved $2,000. They not only matched my funds, but they also gave me an additional $6,000. All together, I had $10,000. On June 5, I was able to purchase my own car!

    I wanted to give up three times while being in this program, but I stuck with it. All the hard work and dedication that was needed to save this money, has taught me so much. I no longer have to rely on anyone for a ride. I no longer have to ride the city bus. I just hop in my car and go. Having my own car is an amazing feeling. I am so very thankful for this program!

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    About Felicia: Felicia is a former YES youth who worked very hard to get where she is today. She is currently a student at UNO and will be starting her sophomore year in the fall. To hear more about Felicia’s story, watch her video.


 

In the News

  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of […]

  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of […]

  • MERRY MEALS

    The holidays are a time of giving. Many people give the gift of time, money, and food. Fortunately for the youth YES serves at the Street Outreach Center, local businesses and companies have been going the extra mile to make sure they have a warm meal this month. It began with a challenge by locally owned […]

  • MERRY MEALS

    The holidays are a time of giving. Many people give the gift of time, money, and food. Fortunately for the youth YES serves at the Street Outreach Center, local businesses and companies have been going the extra mile to make sure they have a warm meal this month. It began with a challenge by locally owned […]