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.
- 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 Outcomes & Results
Some of the success stories
It feels like homeEvery night when I sit and eat a hot dinner with the people at YESS, I feel like I have a family again. And for a little while, I don’t have to think about everything that I’m up against in my life. In a way, it feels like home.YESS Youth
I am meant to help othersThanks to all the staff and all YESS had done for me, I have found my passion in helping others. I am meant to help others the way YESS once helped me; to advocate and fight for those who feel they can’t do so for themselves, the way YESS had done for me.Former YESS Youth