Youth Emergency Services (YES, yesomaha.org) invites the community to learn more about youth homelessness in Omaha throughout November, which is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and National Runaway Prevention Month.
“During the month of November, we invite the community to stay engaged with our social media for statistics and stories about runaway youth and youth homelessness,” says Kalisha Reed, executive director. “You can also support these youth by purchasing items off of our holiday wish list, which is available on our website.”
Each night, hundreds of youth in the Omaha metro are homeless or runaways. Many have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home. Others are facing health, mental health, and substance abuse issues. Without proper support, these vulnerable adolescents will likely fall into the cycle of homelessness as adults. As the only nonprofit in Omaha with the sole mission of helping homeless and nearly homeless youth, YES provides human trafficking survivor support, job readiness classes, intensive case management, mental health services, nursing services, homeless prevention services, and community connections.
Youth Emergency Services assists youth experiencing homelessness and near homelessness by providing critically-needed resources which support them in their desire to be self-sufficient. For more information, go to yesomaha.org.