The past year has seen an even darker shade to the harsh realities of homelessness. The youth who come to us are navigating the opioid crisis, gang recruitment, and often undiagnosed mental health issues.

To meet these challenges, we saw innovative problem-solving from our staff. Across our agency, people came together to support each other and our youth. We saw new and existing donors and supporters step forward to ensure that YESS will continue to be here with resources, guidance, and love for young people in our community.
Together we can face any challenge. Together we can continue to invest in the potential of our youth.

2016/2017 Highlights

  • Resource Workers were established to focus on tasks and life skills designed to supplement Housing First efforts, resulting in sustainable independence.
  • Monthly forums give voices to our youth, allowing them to share needs related to policy and procedures, and providing a direct communication line with management.
  • A new initiative was launched to include the youth in their own case planning, giving them the opportunity to decide what they want to work on, who their program supports are, and what victories will look like along the way.
  • An employment program was launched to provide skills and modules to help our youth achieve employment. With ZERO barriers for attendance and acceptance, this fills a serious gap in a community where employment programs have strict expectations and barriers.



2016/2017 YESS Annual Report Cover

Download our 2016/2017 Annual Report


2016/2017 Outcomes & Results

Youth empowered
Meals served
Volunteer hours
Percent shelter occupancy

Learn more about our accomplishments and outcomes in our Fact Sheet.

Some of the success stories