April 28th 2020
Recently, KETV came to our Street Outreach Center to discuss what YES is doing to help provide meals and basic necessities to homeless and near homeless youth during this difficult time.YES has responded to COVID-19 restrictions by going MOBILE with its pantry to meet youth where they are rather than them coming to Outreach and potentially risking their safety.
"Since the pandemic started, we have found ourselves going out to find them more often than we would normally do," said Jamise Williams, Street Outreach Supervisor.
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March 27th 2020
Youth Emergency Services has a long history of responding to the needs of the community. When youth need help, we are here. We continue to be here even during this time of uncertainty and challenge facing us all. We are grateful for your support and want to provide an update on our current situation.
We have implemented procedures to continue direct care of youth while also protecting the health and safety of youth, staff and our community. The Street Outreach Center hours have been reduced and we are providing a lot more individual outreach, including mobile pantry using the new van, and regular check-ins with clients. The youth in the shelter and housing programs are being supported by staff to ensure their needs are met and they are able to remain at home. It is important to keep them socially connected during this time.
Our highest priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We must remain a financially stable and strong organization so we can continue to provide services to an already vulnerable population who is further impacted by COVID-19. We are dependent on the generosity of numerous individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations that provide funding.
Unrestricted funding is especially useful at this time when needs are changing daily and we navigate experiences we have not previously had to address including the loss or suspension of other revenue sources, including the loss of monthly revenue during the time Tip Top Thrift Shop is closed, the loss of funds raised through events that need to be postponed or cancelled, and the inability of some regular individual and business donors to contribute based on a change in their own situation. At the same time, we are incurring greater costs to provide services in the most safe and effective manner.
This virus has required us to change our strategy but our vision to help youth who are experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness become self-sufficient remains the same. We know we are stronger together (albeit currently at a safe physical distance) and we are grateful for your partnership in helping us help youth.
March 27th 2020
Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are making some changes to our typical meal program process. We are asking for all meal donations for the month of April to be catered meals only. We have seen a decline in the number of youth visiting the center, so meals are only needing to feed about 10 youth at this time. All drop off times are to be dropped off at 12:00 at 2602 Harney. We will reevaluate our process for May as the month approaches.
March 24th 2020
We recently had a system update that prevented us from receiving electronic donations via our website. If you tried to make a donation and were unable to do so, please try again. Monetary donations are needed more than ever as we continue our work to help vulnerable youth who are further impacted by COVID-19.
March 18th 2020
We are currently working to reschedule our Union Pacific Golf event due to COVID-19 check back for more details.
March 17th 2020
Tip Top Thrift Shop will remain closed for two weeks and will reassess at that time.
March 16th 2020
During this time of careful efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, procedures have been put in place to help keep youth, staff and the community healthy and safe while still providing critical services. On-site services for clients continue although some changes have been implemented.
The YES Street Outreach Center hours will be reduced, open 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. Youth will be able to get boxed or sacked meals. Outreach staff will assist youth not available at those times by appointment. Any scheduled meal donations need to be dropped off by noon daily.
YES administrative office will be closed until further notice in order to minimize the risk to the public. Administrative staff will be working remotely and are accessible by phone and email. Service to our clients and safety for all continue to be our top priorities. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
Monetary donations are needed more than ever as we face the need to reduce product and meal donations. We are grateful for your support.