Quarterly Report: January 1, 2016- March 31, 2016
We continue to see an overall increase of youth being referred for services during this reporting period. One identifiable source is the availability of a case manager located in Ione 3 days a week to serve the youth. Katie Parnell, YES Case Manager, has established a working relationship with our North County services and the school system. We have always felt that our north county youth have been under served due to budget constraints and travel, unfortunately we are transitioning again to limited services as YES will loose Katie’s position the end of May when we exhaust the grant cycle she occupied. We are diligently seeking additional funding from grants/foundations & fundraisers to retain Katie and services in north Pend Oreille County.
With the development of a new agency to serve Homeless Youth and Adults we are still awaiting clarification of the role of non-profits currently serving the homeless youth. House Bill 2440 signed during the last legislative session directs the Department of Commerce to create a new agency to oversee the HB and implement a program. A state wide landscape is being prepared with specific county demographics on homelessness and services available in each of the counties concluding with a report to the Department of Commerce hopefully by the end of May 2016 with recommendations on funding and services. YES continues to share the data we have collected and identifiable factors of homelessness of our youth.
Our next quarter of services will be a challenge as we conclude the administration of three grants; INWCF, Rapid Response and POVF. Combined they will effect our Ione Case Manager, Medical Mileage, Over the counter drugs, Administrative support hours and case management mileage. Fund raising will also be effected as our community opportunities change. The Lavender Festival allowed us the opportunity to educate participants about our youth and their unmet needs, a venue that will be missed as well as the PUD truck wash that allowed the youth to wash their trucks and earn money for the YES school funds. Both opportunities will be difficult to replace and are primary issues for the YES Volunteers committee members. Currently we are planning on a Yard Sale with the community 5 Mile Sale the first weekend of May. YES will have a booth at the Rodeo this year serving refreshments/food; (still being determined), and hopefully during the Bull-o-rama and wild stock event during the summer. We continue to research opportunities for fund raising, grants and foundations.
We continued this quarter with zero placements in Martin Hall.
Two CHINS petitions were granted during this reporting period and services for the families to reunite were arranged. One Youth at Risk was ordered with one being dismissed. Three runaway girls, unrelated, were returned to Idaho. Two of the girls were referred to YES from ER at Newport Hospital. Both had consumed unknown amounts of alcohol and possible drugs. Follow up referrals were made to services in their perspective areas of residency. Each of these girls were returned to the custody of their parents who provided the transportation.
Another notable increase this quarter is unplanned pregnancies. YES currently have five young expecting youth. The youngest is 14, oldest is 18. In all eight cases the girls received/receiving excellent medical care and continued monitoring with full services. This is an abnormally high pregnancy count for YES female youth.
Meth & prescription drug use by parents, guardians, relatives and caregivers has also increased as the primary cause of homelessness as reported by the youth. The increased numbers of reporting usage is also being recognized by other local service agencies. The lack of funding and soft budgets seems to be the universal concern and topic during our community meetings. Several of the YES youth are actively involved in youth groups and organizations that have given them an opportunity to share their stories in an effort to help peers and adults alike, how drugs have impacted their life and their futures. I believe their personal stories change the illusions of drug and alcohol use and paint a clear picture of its negative effect of everyone involved.
In-Kind Contribution: $8,536.00
Cash Contributions: $ 4,836.99
YES is sponsoring a $1000.00 Scholarship toward continuing educational expenses for one youth. The Scholarship Committee will select their candidate in mid May, to be awarded before graduation.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the youth and to continue to communicate the unmet needs.