shelter goals

When a youth runs away from home, no matter the reason, it is crucial they find a positive influence to turn to. At the YES Emergency Shelter, we try to be just that. Our shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with trained youth workers, counselors and advocates.

When youth arrive at our shelter, we do everything we can to reunify them with their family or other supportive adults in their life. If reunification is not an option, we help youth seek out other options.

Our Emergency Shelter strives to ensure that...

  • ...100 percent of youth in the program will be able to maintain a safe and healthy environment and have an emergency plan/contact.
  • ...90 percent will receive care from a nurse or counselor during their stay and will obtain referrals when necessary.
  • ...95 percent will model independent behaviors upon exiting the program.

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 […]