Good Morning All.
We hope this finds you healthy and as well as can be with the incredible changes that are happening in our communities. It is such a challenging time and YES has needed to change our procedures to ensure that staff and participants stay as safe as is possible. So, the Nuts and Bolts:
The offices are now closed to all drop-ins but some appointments are possible if an emergent situation arises. YES is unable to take any physical donations to either building at this time. Sarah, and Kellie are taking care of administrative day to day business and Milo is working closely with the Department of Commerce and Youth 4 Youth programs to provide resources to providers and homeless youth.
Case management staff, Janina and Liz, are purchasing bulk food and delivering it to youth and their households. They are providing case management over the phone and through texts. They also now have a Facebook page just for youth and young adults, so that kids can keep in touch. They note that it is hard to be so separate from their participants and are concerned about youth mental health going forward.
On a happy note, we are astounded and grateful for the love our community has shown towards young people that are struggling through this crisis, even while they too are struggling.
The impact of this virus has pulled what security homeless and at-risk youth of our community had, out from underneath them. Already vulnerable, these kids are experiencing fear, depression and isolation. Families that have taken in young people are also struggling, many losing jobs and a way to put food on the table.
YES is putting food on the table for over 40 households per week currently, thanks to the continued support we are receiving from donors and philanthropic foundations. We have also been able to pay some rents and utility payments to divert young people from homelessness. We have provided phones and WiFi enabled tablets for youth to stay connected to school, friends, YES case managers, doctors and therapists. This is critical to stem feelings of being marginalized and alone.
Please stay safe and follow the guidelines that are being shared with us from the Department of Health.
From all of us at YES
Our community is experiencing an unprecedented event with the Coronavirus pandemic and YES has heeded the advice of The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and changed our operational system. This is designed to keep participants and staff and their families safe and well.
Young Adult and Youth Case Managers, have volunteered to share staffing responsibilities at the Young Adult building Monday -Thursday 9:00 to 4:30 starting 3/17/2020, until further notice or the situation demands we close. Address: 319 W 1st, Newport, WA.
We are prioritizing young people who are currently couch surfing and/or not living in permanent homes. We are concerned that these kids are the most at risk of losing their housing as families become more financially and emotionally burdened.
We are limiting the number of youth in the building to 6 at any one time. The CDC and WHO recommendation is to limit all group contacts to 10 people. We chose that number of youth served at one time based on the size of the building and the 6 foot guidelines. We will not allow a child or an adult who is ill, to enter the buildings at any time. Thank you for staying home if you don't feel well.
We are asking youth and young adults who are safely and permanently housed to stay home.
YES Executive Director and Executive Assistant and Youth Programs Specialist will be doing daily business from 316 W 2nd, Newport, for as long as we are able and will be available for appointments, if you just give us a jingle at 509-447-1125. Our hours are also 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. We
We are sadly unable to accept clothing, shoes or bedding until further notice.
We will be accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations and we are so grateful to all of you who have already brought in food. We can accept donations at either location.
We will be delivering food to households on our case list as needed. Those supplies can also include cleaning supplies (if we can find them!), personal hygiene items, etc. If a youth needs additional supports, they will work with their case manager to obtain them.
All of the young people who currently receive food care packages will be able to get them at the Young Adult building or have them delivered if they are out of walking distance.
Thank you so very much for your understanding! We all hope that this is as far as we will need to go in this crisis. We wish you all well and remember you can call us at our office number or our help line at 509-671-7293.
Sarah and the team!
Christmas Tags are still available!
We still have around 26 kids that need to be adopted for Christmas! If you would like to bless one of these kids this Holiday season please let us know, if you can't make it in to pick up a tag we can email it to you!
Give us a call: 509-447-1125
On December 16th, 2017 Y.E.S. is throwing a party for our youth and supporters. We would love it if you came by to celebrate with us. It's at Sadie Halstead Middle School in Newport, WA at 5PM-8PM. There will be pizza, salad, desserts and Soda and the youth will be able to pick up their Christmas presents. For more information call: 509-447-1125
Christmas party for Y.E.S. youth and the community Saturday, December 16th, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Sadie Halstead Middle School. Your Christmas presents will be available for pickup at the party!
November 15th - Host Home Orientation 6 PM at Newport High School.
November 25th – Free Saturday Morning Cartoons 10 AM, Newport Roxy Theater.
November 28th – Giving Tuesday and Open House 2:00-6:00 PM at Y.E.S.
Call Y.E.S. for more information! 509-447-1125
This year Y.E.S. will be hosting an open house at our office located at 316 W 2nd, on November 28, 2017 from 2PM to 6PM. The community is welcome and visitors can tour the facility and learn about the Y.E.S. program and services we provide. Light refreshments will be served and people can pick up their "Y.E.S. to Christmas" tags to provide Christmas gifts for homeless and at risk kids.