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. One morning, a volunteer woke to her kitchen cabinets being painted green, and the volunteers decided it was time to invest in a home, which became known as the YES house.
- The YES House (known today as the Emergency Shelter) has been serving youth in crisis for over 40 years.
- YES added its Street Outreach Program in 1999.
- YES launched its Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Home in 2008.
- YES created a Mentoring Program to assist youth in its long-term programs.