The Need

Each night, hundreds of youth in the Omaha metro are homeless. Many of these youth have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home.

Many others are facing health, mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control. Without proper support and guidance, these vulnerable adolescents cannot succeed independently, and will likely fall into the cycle of homelessness as adults.

Youth Emergency Services (YES) exists to help these youth turn their lives around. Homeless and at-risk youth often lack positive adult interaction and are hesitant to ask for help because of this. We work to become a positive influence in each of our youths' lives and help guide them toward the road to success and self-sufficiency.

In addition to serving hundreds of homeless and at-risk youth in the Omaha metro, YES is dedicated to raising awareness for youth homelessness and educating our community on the issues these youth face.

Here are some numbers that might surprise you:
*An estimated 1.6 million youth are homeless each year in the United States
*A street team counted more than 400 youth living on the streets of the Omaha metro in April 2011
*Nearly half of homeless and runaway youth have been physically or sexually abused
*One in four youth have traded sex for means of survival such as shelter, food or clothing

Read below about some of the causes and effects of youth homelessness. For more information, we recommend the following resources:
National Coalition for the Homeless- Homeless Youth Fact Sheet
National Network for Youth
National Alliance to End Homelessness


In the News

  • For years, you have been providing the support needed to keep the Youth Emergency Services’ shelter open as a safe place for homeless and at-risk youth. Today, the security homeless youth feel while staying at the shelter is in jeopardy without your help. With no other options, last year 75 youth sought alternative, unsafe housing […]

  • Anger flows thru my blood Depression lives in my thoughts Pain resigns in my heart Covered in scars from head to toe Vision blurred by trauma Hesitation and second guessing Trust has been broken The feeling of abandoned and used has become normal Have made footprints in the sand but have also been forgotten Made […]

  • What is Safe Place? Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, […]

  • The nights I spent homeless left me feeling helpless and alone. I never imagined my life would be where it is now. Because of you, I have the security of knowing those dark days are behind me. Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of youth in our community facing homelessness every day. Youth Emergency Services never […]