Press Release: People of Pend Oreille County Show Their Generosity Through Giving to Homeless Youth
NEWPORT, WA., January 4, 2017 — This holiday season was the brightest Y.E.S. Youth Emergency Services has shown in years. With record donations and the receipt of two key grants it seems Santa was smiling down on them this year.
“In the few short months that I have been the Director, I have been so amazed at the giving spirit of the community” says Y.E.S.’s Director Martina Coordes. “First, the coverage provided by the Miner Newpaper to get the word out about our Christmas tag program and then the overwhelmingly positive response from the community to fill those tag requests. This was the first time in our history that we had 100% of the tags adopted by the community. It was really heartwarming when a woman came in to pick up the very last tag. You could tell that it meant a lot to her, her eyes were filled with tears and she had a big smile on her face. Actually, I think we all teared up a little,” confessed Coordes.
Others choose to give this season by donating money that can be used throughout the year to meet the ongoing youth’s needs. One notable donation was given by Tommy Petrie who spent two days spreading Christmas cheer with just his voice and a guitar inside the lobby of Family Foods in Oldtown, gathering over $500 in donations for Y.E.S.
Y.E.S. also received two big grants in the month of December. The first was from Shopko in Oldtown for $500. This money will be used to pay for over the counter and prescription medications needed by the youth. Often medication is not paid for by grant funds so this will be particularly helpful, for example when a youth needs help paying for glasses or non-prescription skin cream. Then right before the New Year, Y.E.S. was awarded $3000 from Old Republic Mortgage, a branch of American Pacific Mortgage, as part of the APMCares foundation. This is a fund where American Pacific Mortgage Employees put money from their own paycheck into and then it is donated to Nonprofit organizations. With thousands of branches throughout the US this was a big honor to be selected out of hundreds that applied. Y.E.S. plans to use this funding to provide cold weather gear to homeless and at risk youth during the Point in Time (PIT) count on January 28, 2017. The Point in Time Count is a national event when all Homeless are counted on one single day. We will be working with Family Crisis Network to count for accuracy the number of homeless youth living in Pend Oreille County. For more information on the point in time count- http://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/annual-point-time-count/
“Y.E.S. is growing and we are set to continue to grow” exclaims Coordes “We hired a new case manager, Leondra Holman from nearby Idaho. Leondra has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University and comes to YES with over seven years’ experience. We feel so blessed that Leondra has accepted this position and know that our youth will be well served by her.” Leondra will be working full time in the Newport area.
Y.E.S. is asking for anyone who may want to consider being a Host Home for homeless youth to attend an informational meeting on February 1st from 6PM to 8PM. They will be going over the expectations of both the youth and the host home parents and what to expect as a host home parent. Applications will be available to be completed that evening. “During these frigid winter months it is critical that we have homes available, even short one or two night placements, to get these kids out of the cold” pleads Coordes. Future certification programs will take place in the Spring which will provide a much more in-depth information and preparation for being a Host Home Parent. For more information about this training or becoming a host home parent you can call Martina at 509-447-1125.
About Y.E.S. Youth Emergency Services of Pend Oreille
Youth Emergency Services provides services to Homeless and At Risk youth ages 13-17 in Pend Oreille County. Y.E.S.’s biggest asset is their Case Management Services which provides ongoing support for our youth assisting them with finding safe stable housing and any resources they may need to complete school and meet their individual goals. Y.E.S. also provides basic needs such as personal hygiene, medication, transportation, clothing and shoes, etc. This fall Y.E.S. will be having a school supply drive to collect supplies to ensure the youth go back to school with everything they need to be successful.
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