YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES & SHELTER OF IOWA

YESS changes lives by protecting children and empowering families.

aka YESS   |   Des Moines, IA   |  www.yessiowa.org

Mission

YESS changes lives by protecting children and empowering families.

Ruling year info

1975

Interim CEO

Chris Koepplin

Main address

918 SE 11th St

Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

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EIN

23-7442304

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Youth Shelter

YESS is home to the largest and most comprehensive emergency youth shelter in Iowa. In combination with our Blumenthal Crisis Nursery, YESS provides a safe environment to the entire age range of children under one roof. Kids in shelter are surrounded by supportive services that acknowledge their past and look to brighter futures. In our trauma-informed setting, we meet basic needs (food/shelter/clothing), provide diverse counseling services, educational support, medical care, case management, and resources. Kids of all ages and backgrounds find a safe and supportive environment at YESS when home is not a safe option.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

The YESS Integrated Care Connections (ICC) program supports children experiencing mental health challenges by focusing on the needs of the family as a whole. ICC brings together mental, physical, and social health services into one integrated program so families can receive the best care possible for their child. Each family in the YESS ICC program is connected with a three-person team to receive flexible support and services focused on their strengths, needs, and comfort level. These teams include a Nurse, Care Coordinator, and Family Peer Support Specialist, who work in partnership with families to determine the best path to success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
People with psychosocial disabilities

The Blumenthal Crisis Nursery cares for the youngest children when their lives are turned upside down. As Iowa’s only site-based, 24-hour emergency shelter for newborns, toddlers, and young children, YESS provides a nurturing, supportive environment and a temporary haven from the trouble and uncertainty in their lives. Children in the crisis nursery receive specialized services to meet their unique developmental needs. Infants and small children arrive at the Crisis Nursery for a variety of reasons. Some have been removed from their parent’s care due to unsafe living conditions (such as drugs in the home). Other little ones stay at YESS when a caregiver is hospitalized, incarcerated, or other crisis situations prevent a guardian from caring for their children.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

Through our ACCESS line, the caring staff at YESS are available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week to assess difficult family situations, create a plan, and work toward solutions while ensuring everyone is safe.
Whether families are in need of immediate crisis intervention or just want to learn more about our services, the Access Center can help by providing face-to-face crisis counseling, safety and risk screenings, crisis planning, assessment for emergency placement, and resources and information.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) is a home-based skill building program that helps children and teens learn to make healthy and positive choices. BHIS providers help kids learn developmentally appropriate ways to manage their behaviors. This is done through educational skill development and maintenance associated with mental health and behavioral concerns such as anger management, relational and communication skills, coping skills, problem solving, healthy emotional expression, decision making, building self-esteem and confidence, making and maintaining positive relationships.
By bringing the entire family together for BHIS services, clients improve their communication, manage unhealthy behaviors, and build stronger relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

Our therapists work with children, teens, individuals, and families every day to build skills, improve quality of life, begin the process of healing, and achieve successes that once seemed out of reach. Efforts include individual counseling, family and group counseling, expressive arts therapy, assessments, and specialized therapeutic support (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)).

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse
Economically disadvantaged people
People with psychosocial disabilities
Children and youth
Families

YESS' Hope Hall Respite program provides a nurturing, secure, and supportive environment for children (newborn through age 17) who need a short term place to stay. We offer up to 72 hours of care during a crisis situation or when parents need time to plan and connect with resources to ensure children stay safe in their own homes. Children and Families who turn to Hope Hall Respite receive specialized services to meet their needs, including mental health assessments, developmentally appropriate activities, and case management. YESS is one of the few emergency shelters that also provides respite services. When these family crises arise, YESS provides the nurturing environment that young children need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation 2019

Financials

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YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES & SHELTER OF IOWA

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Travis Etchison

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.