Quarterly Report: October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
The last quarter of 2016 was a time of many changes, from the retirement of the director, to hiring of staff and obtaining new funding sources.
Director changes – In late September 2016, Judi Lee the founder and longtime director/case manager retired from her post with Y.E.S.. Judi is a fixture in the community and worked tirelessly for 9 years caring for homeless youth in Pend Oreille County. We thank-you Judi Lee for leaving this legacy for us to continue!
On September 15, 2016, Martina Coordes was hired as the Program Director by the Board of Directors. Martina comes to us from Pend Oreille County Counseling Services where she managed the Substance Abuse Prevention Department handling both Federal and State grant funds. Martina holds a Master in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and has worked in the Newport area for over 10 years. This will be the first time in 9 years that YES will have a full time director allowing for continued growth and expansion.
Case Manager – Katie Parnell continues to serve youth in the North County and is adding Cusick School District youth to her case load. In December, a new case manager was hired to work full time in the South county. Leondra Holman has a MS in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University. Leondra has extensive experience working with youth and adults on life skills and will bring a whole new energy to this position.
Full Time Admin Support with Office Manager – Our long time receptionist Toni has been promoted to Office Manager full time and is running the day to day operation of the office as well as managing the donations. Toni is the heart of the program and knows YES better than anyone. This also means that we were able to extend our office hours to 5 days a week in November.
Department of Commerce funding – This year we received a grant from the Department of Commerce through the brand new Office of Homeless Youth. The new funding begins to create the kind of financially stable organization we envision we will be in the future.
HB2163 – Pend Oreille County contributed a large portion of our funding in the past and again this year. Although the allotment will be smaller in the coming year (due to economic impacts) the County Commissioners have made it clear that they support YES by committing to a substantial funding amount in 2017.
Kalispel Tribe – We have been so blessed to have the Kalispel Tribe of Indians as partners in the success of our organization. Not only does the tribe provide our building for a very reasonable rent they awarded YES a $20,000 grant to be used in 2017 for school supplies, Christmas program and technology needs.
YES 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, YES 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. YES 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/
In-Kind Contribution: $11,946.67
Cash Contributions: $ 17,334.15
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.