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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa (YESS) meets the critical needs of the community by providing a continuum of quality programs designed to keep children safe and families together.

Results: YESS operates an emergency shelter, crisis nursery and provides an array of counseling services for children, newborn through age 17, and their families. Emergency shelter for children is available at YESS 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Any child or family may turn to YESS for assistance as YESS. Each year, there are more than 1,100 admissions into YESS’ emergency shelter and crisis nursery.

Programs: The emergency shelter program offers a safe place for runaway, abused, homeless and troubled youths, ages nine to seventeen, to stay when home is not an option. A crisis nursery, as a critical component of the emergency shelter program, offers short-term crisis and respite care for children ages birth through eight.

therapy services provides a wide array of counseling and therapy services from individual, group, and family counseling focusing services on child and family reunification whenever possible and appropriate to mental health therapy services for children and youth with serious emotional and/or mental health issues.

health home connects families and their children with a care team who will work to improve their mental, physical, and social needs. Working together, the focus is on the total health needs of children and their families, making them healthier, happier, and more whole.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A child's future…Who will help when their family cannot or will not? Y.E.S.S will but they cannot do it alone and I am happy I have been able to help them for many years (http://www.yessiowa.org/).

About 8 years ago a friend of mine was heavily involved with their Duck Derby fund raising event and other activities at Y.E.S.S. Initially I helped him with the Derby, donated goods, and some money. When I dropped off the donations I toured the facility a few times and got to know more about what Y.E.S.S does. From there, I went from helping now and then to making it my own personal cause. Not only have I had the pleasure of helping with money, food, and gifts, I recently started volunteering weekly as a Therapy Dog handler. Jager, my 178 pound Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler mix, provides the kids who participate with unconditional love and helps bring a sense of normalcy. This is a welcome distraction for children who are away from home under oftentimes scary and unpleasant circumstances.

What I like most about Y.E.S.S. is also the reason I have stuck with them over the years and the reason I plan to continue my support. They are there to help those who are not in a position to help themselves. In other words it is not just a hand-out and a pat on the back on the way out the door. They not only provide for the immediate and most pressing needs such as food and shelter -- they go further to address the root of the problem and help the child get through a difficult time in his or her life. My hope is the help provided, lessons learned, and the support received pays dividends throughout the child’s life.

Why am I telling my story to you? I, and others like me, can only help so much. Placing first, second or third at #MyGivingStory would help Y.E.S.S do even more.

Review from #MyGivingStory