Quarterly Report September 30, 2017
The mission of Youth Emergency Services is to support children & teens in making choices that will help them find and keep safe living conditions. Y.E.S. is committed to sup-porting young people in their efforts to remain at home or to find alternative homes where they can grow and thrive. Y.E.S. believes that every person has the right to be loved, respected and to live in an environment that is free from violence, drugs, abuse, and other harmful behaviors.
Youth Emergency Services has been serving Pend Oreille County for nearly 10 years providing assistance for Homeless and At-Risk youth. YES is the only homeless youth program providing services to rural areas in Eastern Washington. Youth residing in counties not providing these services are forced to leave their communities and support systems in order to seek help in Spokane or other large cities. We are proud of the legacy we have built and will continue to grow over the next decade.
Drop In Center
As a drop in center, we serve any youth and young adults who walks in the doors needing help outside of case management. They come in for a bottle of shampoo, hot meal or a pair of clean socks. During this quarter, we had 406 occurrences of youth accessing the building.
Once youth reports:
As of September 30, 2017, YES has a caseload of 91 youth and young adults with 16 being high needs cases. Between July 1, 2017 through Sept 30, 2017, YES completed 28 street outreach and case management sessions, accessing students in the schools and in the community because of a referral.
I am continually amazed by the financial support we receive in the community. People continue to see the value we provide and are generous with their donations. During this period we received $7281.66 in three-months from various community members and organizations. YES also receive substantial support from the community in the form of in-kind donations. We receive donations like gently used clothing, toiletries, blankets, and pillow. This period we received over $8200 worth of donated items.
Who We Serve
YES kids come from all walks of life and are with us for a variety of reasons. Some live in homes that are unsafe and riddled with drugs and others are kicked out because they are different from their parents. One girl, Carrie, came to us in the middle of the summer. She was living in her car and in various campgrounds. Carrie had been living with a relative in the area when she was kicked out over a disagreement yet she still needed to complete her education. She had spent many months in this situation until one of our volunteers convinced her to come talk to us. Y.E.S. provided camping gear, clothing, food, and personal hygiene items to get her though until a host home could be found. She meet with a case manager to assess what her needs were emotionally and physically and a plan was made to help her get ready for school. Carrie wanted to remain in the area where she had support from friends and the school. She is now with a host family, attending school, and looking for work. Carrie has been in several times over the past few months volunteering and visiting. She is doing so well and we are so grateful to the Amazing Host Home who took her in and gave her a chance!!
Host Home Program
The Office of Homeless Youth completed a report on the best practices for Host Homes in the State of Washington. Y.E.S. the longest running Host Home program in the state. (See attached report)
Kim Gentle, Former Board Chair, had this to say after reading the report:
I was bubbling over with pride as I read this report. This report also makes it clear that people are watching YES as a leader of host home services. As a host home provider, my heart was overwhelmed by the survey section with the young adults as they responded openly and honestly to the impact a host home program has on them. I even cried when the survey asked “What does an ideal, safe host home look like to you?” – the last response humbly stated “a place to sleep – that is it”.
· In partnership with Family Crisis Network, WSU, Newport PTO and Real Life Ministries we assured that every youth in Pend Oreille County went to school with new shoes and school supplies.
· We assisted Stevens and Ferry County with starting a Homeless Youth Program in those Counties. We will continue to offer training and technical assistance as well as sharing resources to expand services within the tri-counties.
· Leading a Tri-county effort to end youth homelessness and prevent dependent youth from exiting Foster Care and other state systems into homelessness.
· Independent Living Skills Training Program
1. Six to Seven week series focusing on youth gaining skills to live independently.
a. How to Make a meal on budget / How to grocery shop/ Healthy meal plans
b. How to do laundry/ Sewing on a button/Remove stains
c. How to accepting Feedback gracefully/Communication/Apologizing sincerely/Public speaking / Conflict resolution
d. How to prioritize/ Time management
e. How to stick to a budget/ balancing a check book/loans/Credit (STCU)
f. How to Dress appropriately for a job interview/ how to tie a tie/ Making good first impressions/ importance of passing a drug test for work
· Host Home Parent Training
o Y.E.S. has developed a professional training program designed to equip a host home parent with the skills needed to host a youth in their home.
· Host Home Replicable Program Developed-
o YES is creating a professionally published program that can be sold to other communities either with our consulting services or alone with Training and Technical Assistance.
Thank-you for your continued support and as always please reach out if you ever have any questions,
Youth Emergency Services
316 W. 2nd St
Newport, WA 99156