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News and Updates

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.

Programmatic Changes

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.

Funding Sources

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/

Financial Report

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.


Press Release: People of Pend Oreille County Show Their Generosity Through Giving to Homeless Youth

NEWPORT, WA., January 4, 2017 — This holiday season was the brightest YES Youth Emergency Services has shown in years. With record donations and the receipt of two key grants it seems Santa was smiling down on them this year.

“In the few short months that I have been the Director, I have been so amazed at the giving spirit of the community” says YES’s Director Martina Coordes. “First, the coverage provided by the Miner Newpaper to get the word out about our Christmas tag program and then the overwhelmingly positive response from the community to fill those tag requests. This was the first time in our history that we had 100% of the tags adopted by the community. It was really heartwarming when a woman came in to pick up the very last tag. You could tell that it meant a lot to her, her eyes were filled with tears and she had a big smile on her face. Actually, I think we all teared up a little,” confessed Coordes.

Others choose to give this season by donating money that can be used throughout the year to meet the ongoing youth’s needs. One notable donation was given by Tommy Petrie who spent two days spreading Christmas cheer with just his voice and a guitar inside the lobby of Family Foods in Oldtown, gathering over $500 in donations for YES.

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/

“YES is growing and we are set to continue to grow” exclaims Coordes “We hired a new case manager, Leondra Holman from nearby Idaho. Leondra has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University and comes to YES with over seven years’ experience. We feel so blessed that Leondra has accepted this position and know that our youth will be well served by her.” Leondra will be working full time in the Newport area.

YES is asking for anyone who may want to consider being a Host Home for homeless youth to attend an informational meeting on February 1st from 6PM to 8PM. They will be going over the expectations of both the youth and the host home parents and what to expect as a host home parent. Applications will be available to be completed that evening. “During these frigid winter months it is critical that we have homes available, even short one or two night placements, to get these kids out of the cold” pleads Coordes. Future certification programs will take place in the Spring which will provide a much more in-depth information and preparation for being a Host Home Parent. For more information about this training or becoming a host home parent you can call Martina at 509-447-1125.

About Y.E.S. Youth Emergency Services of Pend Oreille

Youth Emergency Services provides services to Homeless and At Risk youth ages 13-17 in Pend Oreille County. YES’s biggest asset is their Case Management Services which provides ongoing support for our youth assisting them with finding safe stable housing and any resources they may need to complete school and meet their individual goals. YES also provides basic needs such as personal hygiene, medication, transportation, clothing and shoes, etc. This fall YES will be having a school supply drive to collect supplies to ensure the youth go back to school with everything they need to be successful.

Contact:
Martina Coordes
316 W 2nd Ave
Newport WA 99156
509-447-1125
martinayeskids@outlook.com


Quarterly Report: January 1, 2016- March 31, 2016

We continue to see an overall increase of youth being referred for services during this reporting period. One identifiable source is the availability of a case manager located in Ione 3 days a week to serve the youth. Katie Parnell, YES Case Manager, has established a working relationship with our North County services and the school system. We have always felt that our north county youth have been under served due to budget constraints and travel, unfortunately we are transitioning again to limited services as YES will loose Katie’s position the end of May when we exhaust the grant cycle she occupied. We are diligently seeking additional funding from grants/foundations & fundraisers to retain Katie and services in north Pend Oreille County.

With the development of a new agency to serve Homeless Youth and Adults we are still awaiting clarification of the role of non-profits currently serving the homeless youth. House Bill 2440 signed during the last legislative session directs the Department of Commerce to create a new agency to oversee the HB and implement a program. A state wide landscape is being prepared with specific county demographics on homelessness and services available in each of the counties concluding with a report to the Department of Commerce hopefully by the end of May 2016 with recommendations on funding and services. YES continues to share the data we have collected and identifiable factors of homelessness of our youth.

Our next quarter of services will be a challenge as we conclude the administration of three grants; INWCF, Rapid Response and POVF. Combined they will effect our Ione Case Manager, Medical Mileage, Over the counter drugs, Administrative support hours and case management mileage. Fund raising will also be effected as our community opportunities change. The Lavender Festival allowed us the opportunity to educate participants about our youth and their unmet needs, a venue that will be missed as well as the PUD truck wash that allowed the youth to wash their trucks and earn money for the YES school funds. Both opportunities will be difficult to replace and are primary issues for the YES Volunteers committee members. Currently we are planning on a Yard Sale with the community 5 Mile Sale the first weekend of May. YES will have a booth at the Rodeo this year serving refreshments/food; (still being determined), and hopefully during the Bull-o-rama and wild stock event during the summer. We continue to research opportunities for fund raising, grants and foundations.

We continued this quarter with zero placements in Martin Hall.

Two CHINS petitions were granted during this reporting period and services for the families to reunite were arranged. One Youth at Risk was ordered with one being dismissed. Three runaway girls, unrelated, were returned to Idaho. Two of the girls were referred to YES from ER at Newport Hospital. Both had consumed unknown amounts of alcohol and possible drugs. Follow up referrals were made to services in their perspective areas of residency. Each of these girls were returned to the custody of their parents who provided the transportation.

Another notable increase this quarter is unplanned pregnancies. YES currently have five young expecting youth. The youngest is 14, oldest is 18. In all eight cases the girls received/receiving excellent medical care and continued monitoring with full services. This is an abnormally high pregnancy count for YES female youth.

Meth & prescription drug use by parents, guardians, relatives and caregivers has also increased as the primary cause of homelessness as reported by the youth. The increased numbers of reporting usage is also being recognized by other local service agencies. The lack of funding and soft budgets seems to be the universal concern and topic during our community meetings. Several of the YES youth are actively involved in youth groups and organizations that have given them an opportunity to share their stories in an effort to help peers and adults alike, how drugs have impacted their life and their futures. I believe their personal stories change the illusions of drug and alcohol use and paint a clear picture of its negative effect of everyone involved.

Financial Report

In-Kind Contribution: $8,536.00
Cash Contributions: $ 4,836.99

YES is sponsoring a $1000.00 Scholarship toward continuing educational expenses for one youth. The Scholarship Committee will select their candidate in mid May, to be awarded before graduation.

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.


Quarterly Report (October 1, 2015-December 31, 2015)
As we close out another year at YES, we can all be grateful for the opportunity to serve our youth and sustain them in healthy environments free from neglect, abuse and harm.

As the homeless/at risk youth case load in Pend Oreille County grows, we at YES are painfully aware that we need to enhance our funding opportunities during 2016 to meet the increasing needs of the youth we serve. With the reduction of the house bill allotment for 2016 and the unknown budget pending from HYPP we are hopeful that our future in serving the youth isn’t in jeopardy during this transition.

I’m happy to report that we again have had NO Martin Hall placements during this reporting period. Two CHINS petitions were filed on behalf of the youth. Both were granted and services have been implemented. One female youth will return home in 30 days, the other youth will remain in host home care indefinitely as her parents are both incarcerated in Montana for 10 years.

Crisis calls were up during this reporting period, ranging from calls to respond to the E.R. At Newport Hospital, Sacred Heart voluntary placement for 30 days treatment, self-harming incidents & alcohol abuse. During the Christmas break YES received 8 crisis calls from youth experiencing challenges and requesting assistance to resolve a crisis or placement.

Runaway referrals were down this quarter. I assisted two female youth return to a relative placement in Spokane.

YES sponsored our youth, families and Host Home Families Christmas Dinner on Dec. 19, 2015 with approximately 80 participants. The Kalispel Tribe contributed $700.00 towards our dinner and gift exchange for the youth. The evening was a success and everyone had a wonderful meal and embraced the holiday experience with the youth. We were blessed to have some of our youth who have aged out of the YES program return and help with setting up the church, and serving food. As I watch the young people give back to the community that supported them during their challenges I see a population of young adults who want to make a difference and are willing to step up and be a part of the solution in our communities. Their efforts did not go unnoticed by all who joined us for our dinner.

YES was able to sponsor 244 youth with Christmas gifts this year. With lower than normal volunteers and staff, we were able to successfully fill the wish list of the youth and deliver the gifts right up to Christmas Eve. P.O. County Sheriff’s office once again stepped up and delivered Christmas to families that YES were unable to reach. The Deputy’s truly enjoyed this opportunity to connect with the youth and make a difference during a difficult time for some of the families we serve. It’s because our community residents support the youth we were able to get gifts for all the youth who wouldn’t have had any during the holidays. Newport High School also held a food drive and donated food to be delivered with gifts this year. As challenging as this year was to meet the needs of the youth, we managed to “pull it off” again and learned lessons as we went. It’s my hopes that next Christmas our volunteer numbers will increase and hopefully lessening the work load on staff.

I’m excited to announce a new hire at YES; Katie Parnell will be joining our team on Jan. 25, 2016. She’ll be working under the remaining grant with Inland Northwest Community Foundation, expiring May 31’2016. Katie is a resident of Ione; her husband is the P.O. County Deputy in the north county. Katie will be serving the north end of the county primarily. I have always felt the north end of our county has been under served due to budget restrictions on travel and the lack of a case manager available to establish a weekly schedule. Katie will also share in the case load from Cusick and Usk area. We are currently exploring additional funding through grants to sustain this position until HYPP has absorbed the case management of the homeless/at risk youth.

It’s my understanding from my counterparts across the state, that once the legislators conclude this session we should have a better understanding of HYPP’s budget and its impact on the counties. I’ll continue to attend the meetings telephonically as my schedule will allow. Minutes of the meetings are being provided so I will forward information as it pertains to Pend Oreille County and services to our youth. I realize there’s a lot of concerns about a new agency being formed and how the youth will be served, but I remain hopeful that this will be a positive movement towards our goals to provide alternatives for the youth who are vulnerable and deserve a chance to succeed in life.

Financial Report

In-Kind Donations $5,157.00
Cash Donations $9,799.00
Kalispel Tribe Grant* $10,000.00
Kalispel Golf Tournament $2,232.00

*Operation expenses $4,500/Equipment $6,500

I apologize for the lateness of this quarterly report due to the death of my lap-top after the last storm and outages.

Thank you for all your support of our youth and our goals to continue to provide services to this population of young people who are struggling to survive and become stable during challenging situations.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Respectfully submitted for your review of our activities during this quarter.

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Quarterly Report (July 1, 2015- September 30, 2015)

The new school year is upon us, and activities at Y.E.S. have revved up to meet the needs of the homeless and at risk youth returning to school. We are pleased to have provided 150 back packs filled with school supplies to our three school districts to meet the needs of the youth. Y.E.S. also purchased $2,800.00 of non-scuff tennis shoes from Payless. Our funding this year came to Y.E.S. from the Kalispel Tribe, fund raising and mailings to our donors. Our school supply funding remains in the positive allowing us to continue to provide school supplies, sports fees and ASB Cards throughout the school year.

Y.E.S. is happy to inform you that we have had NO Martin Hall placements during this quarter. Two Youth at Risk petitions were dismissed as well as one C.H.I.N.S. Petition following a successful reunification with their family. Y.E.S. has no pending court actions at this time.

The crisis calls during this quarter from E.R. were down from the last 2 quarters. 2 female youth were treated. One for alcohol poisoning; She was returned to the custody of her guardians when she was released. The second female youth was threatening suicide; she was evaluated by a MHP and released to the care of her family with follow up services being provided for the youth and family.

YES experienced an increase with local runaway youth, both male & female. Primary causes were due to drug and alcohol use in their homes, lack of food, threats of physical abuse, emotional abuse & medical neglect. Some were told to leave and locate their own housing. All of the youth have been placed in Host Homes and provided with ample clothing, personal incidentals, school supplies and limited winter wear. All of the youth have been enrolled in school with the exception of 1 male youth; 17, who is extremely ill from tonsillitis and his legal guardian location is unknown. He’s receiving medical attention however; surgery is recommended and pending until his 18th birthday in Nov. We continue to search for his mother to get her required permission but she remains unavailable.

Two brothers (13-14) were dropped off at their bio-fathers home in Newport after being left at their aunt’s home in Spokane by bio-mom; they hitchhiked to Spokane from southern Oregon. Due to the unusual circumstances and no documentation or proof of their true identity; birth certificates, school records, immunization records & medical records are all being requested. The bio-father is disabled and has no parental history with his sons. School enrollment will be completed no later than Oct. 5, 2015. Y.E.S. will continue to provide support to the family and monitor the stability & care of the brothers. They have been provided clothes, shoes, personal care items & school supplies.

Y.E.S. participated in returning 2 female runaways during this quarter. One was returned to Tri-Cities & one to Seattle. Three out of state youth were also returned to their states of residencies; Oregon and Nevada. The travel arrangements were at the expense of the youth’s families.

Referrals increased on homeless youth once school began and their needs became apparent to our school district homeless liaisons and guidance counselors. With the increased work load, I’m anxious to fill our vacant position as soon as a candidate is selected.

I have shared with most of you the activity from HYPP (Homeless Prevention & Protection Act) as the newly formed agency to address Youth Homelessness under the Department of Commerce. They have begun to create positions and hire staff. As an active WACHYA member I’ll continue to pass on relevant information as it’s passed onto us at our monthly meetings. It’s my understanding that once the hiring is completed, HYPP will survey each county, collect data and determine goals and objectives.

Financial Report; (Funding received during this quarter)

In-Kind Donations $11,991.87
Cash Donations $5,212.36
August Yard Sale $426.51
September Yard Sale $100.00
Emergency Preparedness $575.00
Lavender Festival $143.11
School Supply Drive $1,470.00
Motorcycle Run $50.00

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Quarterly Report (April 1, 2015- June 30, 2015)   

Can’t believe another school year is gone and we are heading into summer activities. It’s been a fast paced quarter with lots of activities at the Y.E.S. office. Our case load count was in a constant state of flux during this quarter. Our highest numbers served was 183 last month, with a substantial reduction this month to 157.

Court activities have also decreased this quarter.  We have dismissed 3 Youth At Risk Petitions, and 1 new was filed on a male youth & granted by the Judge.  Three C.H.I.N.S. Petitions were presented to the courts and granted, a 4th. C.H.I.N.S. Petition is pending approval following 15 hours of Family Reconciliation Counseling outcomes. One female Youth at Risk was ordered by the Judge to spend several days in his court room documenting court actions and cases. This order was issued for non-compliance with the courts directions, and in lieu of Martin Hall time. I’m hopeful the Judge will see the value of this practice, as it had an impact on this young lady, and hopefully will defer her from making poor choices in her future.

Y.E.S. had NO Martin Hall Placements during this quarter.

Out of state runaways also decreased during this reporting period. I assisted in returning 2 girls from Idaho who had been at the Newport Hospital ER due to excessive alcohol use at a party in Idaho. The girls were transported by a friend who left immediately following their admittance to the ER. Idaho law enforcement did the follow up on the underage drinking referral. Their parent came to Newport and transported the girls back to Elk River Idaho.

Crisis calls continued to increase primarily due to the end of the school year & youth being displaced by parents or guardians who are leaving the area for employment or seeking locations to camp during the warmer weather. We have had an increase of youth living in parks; tents & temporary make shift shelters. We are serving the youth and monitoring their safety, nutrition and health care.

A concerning issue during this reporting period is the amount of Crisis Calls involving youth threatening suicide and or self-harming. I’m hopeful that the Youth Task Force will address this issue and create a training/educational presentation for the youth, on suicide and healthy alternatives. Possibly a curriculum for students at the start of the school year or soon after school begins. In an effort to provide suicide prevention services we utilize Sacred Heart Adolescent Treatment Center when the youth is willing to sign him or herself into treatment. We had 2 youth that received services from Sacred Heart during this reporting period; both are stable and have returned to the care of their families.

We are so excited to inform all of you that we had 31 Y.E.S. youth from Pend Oreille County successfully complete their high school obligations & receive their diplomas. Of the 31 youth 14 will continue their education at 2 & 4 year accredited colleges, 4 will be attending trade schools, 6 have chosen to enroll in a military branch to serve our country & 4 will be joining the Job Corps to start their specific trade education and hopefully gain careers that will sustain them through their adult lives.

Y.E.S. has received additional funding during this quarter through fund raisers, grants and community donations. I have included the fund raisers and amounts received for your review in the financial overview of this report.

The Steppenwolf Concert was a successful event for the Y.E.S. Program. The youth had an excellent time and enjoyed the bands. The concert was attended by approximately 600 and well received by the community. No calls to law enforcement were made due to concert goers. All in all it was a beautiful day on the Newport Football Field with great music and good people in attendance. We learned a lot of valuable lessons and should we undertake such an activity in the future we’ll surely be prepared. We’d like to recognize Dave Smith and the Newport School Board for the opportunity to use the school property & all the staff did to support the concert. Without their approval and staff the Y.E.S. program wouldn’t have succeeded in providing such a quality event for the youth and the adults who attended. Our feed-back from the community and those that attended from out of the area was positive and encouraging. Our local businesses and vendors treated everyone like guests and the hospitality that visitors felt will hopefully encourage them to keep returning to the area and enjoying all that Pend Oreille County has to offer year round.

Financial Report; (Funding received during this quarter)

In-Kind Contributions                                                               $7,165.00

Cash Donations                                                                         $2,030.00

INWCF (grant)                                                                        $28,500.00

INWCF (quick response grant)                                                 $5,000.00

Kalispel Tribe                                                                          $10,000.00

Steppenwolf Concert                                                                 $8,293.00

The Inland Northwest Community Foundation grant has allowed YES to pay for a part time clerical support position & a part-time case manager for 12 months. We lost the case managers position in May when the funding expired, so I couldn’t be more pleased to add another part time case manager to assist with the ever growing population of youth we serve.

YES applied for a grant from the Kalispel Tribe and received $9,300.00 for school supplies, shoes, sports fees and equipment. In addition to the funds for school needs, we also received $700.00 for our Christmas Party that we sponsor for our youth and families in December. This was our first application for grant dollars from the Kalispel Tribe and we will continue to research funding to enhance serves as the opportunities become available.

Our next grant research will be in an effort to supply the youth with computers for school work at the office and to loan out on individual basis. Y.E.S. had purchased 2 refurbished lap-tops 4 years ago and they have both reached the point of replacement due to the cost of repairs and program upgrades.

Y.E.S. has several fund raiser events planned throughout the summer, as well as partnering with other non-profits to support summer activities for our youth. We look forward to all the upcoming activities and a safe summer for all.

As most of you are aware our future work with the Homeless Teens may see changes effective July 24, 2015 when HYPP Act (Homeless Youth Prevention & Protection Act) takes effect. HYPP will be responsible for homelessness of youth and young adults under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce. I have attended the monthly meetings in Olympia via teleconference as a member of WACHYA (WA. Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy).

I’ll continue to provide you with current information as it’s distributed to us. It’s my understanding that the Department of Commerce will be contacting each county designee to discuss the counties current practices and contact agency information.  The budget has been established for the Department of Commerce; approved and signed by Governor Inslee on April 25, 2015.

I have retained copies of the House Bills and the monthly meeting minutes if you would like to review them for your own information or contact me with questions you may have pertaining to the new HYPP Act. At this stage of developing the oversight agency, the primary dialogue revolves around a uniform reporting system to collect data across the state. Currently HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) is the system that most agencies utilize in capturing their homeless counts as mandated by HHS and DSHS. Many have voiced their concerns about the use of this tool due to the amount of information it requires from the homeless and the confidentiality of the data. I don’t believe this issue will be resolved immediately, however I do think the Department of Commerce will proceed with collecting data county by county.

Thank you for your support of the program & the youth we serve.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or issues you may have.

 

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report; Jan. 1, 2015 – Mar. 31, 2015

From: Judi Lee, Youth Emergency Services Director

Another busy quarter for the YES staff & volunteers, along with a higher volume of youth served and placed in safe housing.  Our current open & active case load is 176 youth being served.

Court activity has increased during this quarter; 4 female youth filed CHINS Petitions (Child in Need of Services) all were granted. 2 males and 2 females were also brought before Judge VanDerVeer for Youth @ Risk Petitions. All the youth were found to qualify for the Youth at Risk Petitions. We have also appeared on contempt charges stemming from one of the females not honoring the Judges orders. She was given another chance to redeem herself and correct her behavior. We are pleased to report that YES had NO Martin Hall Placements during this reporting quarter.

Seven youth were returned to their county & state of residency. Five were runaways, and 2 youth were not reported as runaways, however were returned to the Seattle area for services and placement. 2 youth were placed at the CRC (Crisis Residential Center) in Spokane until free transportation on Gray Hound could be arranged with the families and Spokane law enforcement who must accompany the youth to the bus station for the transport home.

The crisis calls from the Newport E.R. were less this reporting period. One male youth was treated and released to his parent after he became highly intoxicated at a party. One female youth was admitted to the ER on two occasions for self-harming and was placed for one night in a special host home to monitor her behavior. She was returned to the care of her mother with a referral to Pend Oreille Counseling Center for an intake and follow up services.  Another female youth was treated for a drug overdose and released to her guardian when she arrived from Seattle.

YES continues to provide the youth with a place to engage in activities, tutoring, mentoring and group meetings at the office; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday after school. We’ve had several students requesting tutoring in Math and one court ordered to meet with the tutor twice a week in an effort to complete this school year successfully. We try our best to make sure we have snacks and drinks for the youth when they arrive at YES. Our food supplies seem to diminish quickly, however we have been able to replenish them with donations and contributions.

As we near the end of the school year, YES is pleased to offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating student. The criteria to qualify for the scholarship is we are focusing on YES Youth and YES youth mentors who will be attending college or a trade school. We are hopefully going to have 30 plus YES students graduate this year from the area high schools. Our scholarship committee is preparing the applications and essay questioners to be handed out in April for submission. I’m happy to report that last year’s recipient is completing her first year at WSU’s nursing program and will return next year to WSU.

Several grant applications have been submitted for consideration. We have received a couple of letters informing us to try again due to lack of funds, however we are hopeful that our site visit with Inland Northwest Community Foundation in April’15 will result with an award of $28,500 for a year.  Should we be awarded this grant, it will allow YES to add a case manager to do ALL intake assessments, coordinate services, track progress or lack of progress within the YES Program. This grant will also allow us 20 hours a week to add to administrative duties. The grant would start in June’15. ILNWCF will have their final awards decision May 14, 2015.

Fund raising activities are in full swing with all our attention on the Spring Concert, “Steppenwolf Revisited”. All of us at YES have been involved and putting in extra hours to make sure the concert comes together seamlessly. We are excited to have this opportunity to provide a concert at the high school of this magnitude, as is the band. They have been wonderful to work with and are equally excited to help generate funds to serve our youth. We are expecting this Memorial Weekend to be a unique and memorable event for all who come to Pend Oreille County and share in all the festivities that are being offered, as well as our residence. We believe we have the perfect venue for the concert at the Newport High School football field and grounds. We are promoting this event on be-half of the youth with our primary goals to raise funds for the youth and promote “A Drug & Alcohol Free Event” in our community. Dave Smith, Newport’s Superintendent, has partnered with us to assure this concert is enjoyed by all who attend.

Financial Report (Funding Received During This Quarter):

In-Kind Donations  (Volunteer hours/materials/clothing/goods): $11,095.00
Cash: $5,427.96
Pend Oreille Valley Foundation (Medical Needs): $1,000.00
H.B. 2163: $60,000.00
INWCF (Grant; ends May 31’15) $2,911.55

Thank you for all your continued support of the YES Program and our mission to serve the youth of Pend Oreille County. We couldn’t accomplish this without all of you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or issues you may have.

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report; Oct. 1, 2013- Dec. 31, 2014

From: Judi Lee, Youth Emergency Services Director

During this reporting period YES has experienced an increase in all areas of services to the youth and families. We are not alone in the increased needs of services in Pend Oreille County as the homeless population and the youth at risk continues to grow. In the past 3 month the YES case load has increased by 23 new youth, bringing our total to 168.

The past 3 months have been extremely active for staff and volunteers of YES. We’ve successfully completed several “fund raiser” activities to generate funding for School supplies, medical expenses, transportation, sports exams & sports fees and educational expenses.

This holiday season we served a record number of youth with the support of the communities; our preliminary counts indicate we were able to provide gifts to 193 Newport, 22 Cusick & 20 North County Youth with Christmas gifts. We served our 150 youth and families at the YES annual Christmas Dinner served and provided by Young Lives. Our theme this was a Chuck Wagon Bar-B-Q, the food was excellent and everyone enjoyed the holiday festivities. The following day we engaged in the Christmas Concert at the Newport High School for a show to benefit the YES youth. The entertainment was delightful and enjoyed by all who attended.

As with the increased numbers of youth we have experienced a higher volume of case activities, crisis calls and court involvement. We have accommodated youth with a place to do their community services hours and we have served 8 this quarter. Emergency room referrals also increased this quarter; 5 suicide attempts resulting in 2 youth being placed at Sacred Heart for Treatment, 3 youth were treated for drug/alcohol over doses and released to their parent/guardians. One 15 year old female was treated for frost bite after sleeping in a shed during the cold snap we experienced last month. She was treated and released to a family member where she’ll reside.

We had zero placements at Martin Hall this quarter; however we had a higher number of cases that required court activities. 2 female youth & 2 male youth filed CHINS petitions with the court as well as Youth at Risk petition’s on 4 female & 2 male youths.

Our runaway contact was lower during this quarter. We assisted with returning 3 youths to their county and state of residency. All were willing to return and their travel expenses were paid by other resources .Our host home placements and payments increased as well, depleting our available beds and host home funds. As we enter the New Year we have valid concerns on how limited our services will become in this next quarter. With our primary fund raiser set for May 2015, we hope to sustain the host home payments with community awareness and donations. We are developing a contingency plan to financially maintain the youth in their host homes with the hopes that we can qualify for grants/scholarships to assist YES in providing on-going needed services.

As of Dec.31, 2014 we ended our grant with Empire Health Foundation that provided YES with funding for Medical needs (OTC) medication, medical transportation and 8 hours a week to fund Jamie’s position as program coordinator. With the loss of $10,000.00 from the House Bill money and the end of the grant we’ll evaluate how to reduce the office hours to cut expenses rather than reducing services.

Thank you for all your continued support of the YES Program and the youth we serve.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any issues or concerns you may have.

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report; July 1, 2014- September 30, 2014

From: Judi Lee, Youth Emergency Services Director

The end of summer and the beginning of another school year is upon us. We are starting the 2014-2015 school year with 147 youth enrolled in services in Pend Oreille County.

This summer YES was constantly busy with activities for the youth, fund raisers and community awareness events ending with The Community Mobilization Conference at the Camas Center where some of the YES youth participated on a youth panel discussing the negative effects of drugs and alcohol and the impact it’s had on them personally and on our community.

The aforementioned combined with case activities and crisis calls kept staff, board members and volunteers actively engaged with all aspects of the program. We are so grateful for all the support the program receives and in an effort to apprise you of our activities I’ll include a document that shows YES events and donations as provided by our fiscal agent.

During this reporting period YES was involved with a higher than usual number of court cases; 1 male & 5 females filed CHINS (Child in Need of Services) Petitions with Pend Oreille County Courts, and 2 females were placed on Youth @ Risk Petitions by their parent/guardians due to their behavioral issues. We are pleased to report that YES had zero youth placed in Martin Hall during this reporting period. YES received 2 referrals from the Juvenile Department for family services once the youth were return to their guardians, neither returned to Martin Hall after services were opened.

We experienced a higher volume of E.R. referrals from the Newport Hospital during the summer months, and I’m pleased to report that each youth was treated and released without any long term effect or return visits. 4 youth were treated for drug/alcohol use, 2 unsuccessful suicide attempts; 1 male youth was placed at Sacred Heart for inpatient treatment & 1 female youth was returned to her parents in Tri-Cities.

The runaway referrals during this reporting period have also increased since last summer. 8 runaway youth found their way to Pend Oreille County during the summer months. Each youth was returned to their county and state of residency; Utah, California, Idaho, Oregon & within the state of Washington. Primary transportations expenses were arranged and paid for by the youth’s parents/guardians or other services from their perspective areas. Transportation to connect with the youths’ return transport was provided by YES, including shelter, food & OTC Meds.

YES did not receive any referrals of youth sleeping under the bridge or camping out due to being homeless. All the YES youth were sheltered in Host Homes, with guardians or extended family members.

Many of our youth found summer employment at various locations and have returned to their perspective schools. Currently YES has only 1 female that has failed to enroll this school year. The new school administration is committed to assisting in reaching the absent students and engaging them in continuing their education. Accommodations have been created to keep the youth attending and on track to graduate. This partnership will continue to serve and benefit all the youth.

YES staff continues to be actively involved with several county committees that serve our youth and homeless populations. We are honored to share in the opportunity to create change, make change and lessen the struggles of the youth we serve and the youth unknown to us.

We were successful again in supplying the YES youth with back packs filled with appropriate supplies and shoes for the school year. Our fund raisers along with the support of the communities during the summer afforded us the opportunity to meet the needs of the youth. Excess supplies and elementary school supplies have been donated to the schools to offset some of the unmet demands.

YES has resumed open office hours for the youth after school; Tues-Wen.-Thur. Youth meet with their case manager, do homework, receive tutoring and eat (when foods available). This winter I think we’re really going to experience the effects of limited space for the youth as the attendance grows. We prefer to have them at the YES Office than on the streets, so we’ll make it work until we are able to submit a grant for a facility, a student study lab and a kitchen (is a must!)

Now we begin our Holiday activities. We are expecting to remain busy with events and fund raisers to ensure our all youth have a safe place to spend their Holidays, a seat at a table and gifts under the tree.

I know I say this every quarterly report, but it requires repeating, thank you for the opportunity to work with the youth and their families as well as all your unwavering support of the YES program and our mission to serve the youth.

Event Date $ Raised
Run What Cha Brung 07/04/14 236.41
Lavender Festival 07/12 &13/14 267.00
Guy Newland 07/16/14 109.00
Yard Sale 08/8 & 9/14 1,043.00
Hair Cuts by Choppers 08/16/14 170.00
ABATE School Supplies 08/18/14 172.00
Music Fest by Mila 09/06/14 485.00
Matched Funds by Thrivent 09/06/14 300.00
Emergency Preparedness Fair 09/20/14 500.00
School Supplies Campaign 06/2014 – ongoing 4,420.00
In-Kind Contributions 07/2014-09/30/2014 8,277.83
In-Kind Monetary Contributions 07/2014-09/30/2014 9,379.94

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report: April 1 – June 30, 2014

From: Judi Lee, Youth Emergency Services

The end of another school year for Pend Oreille County youth. We finished this school year with 133 youth enrolled in services with the Y.E.S. program. It’s my expectation that our rolls will be decreased by 15-20 as the youth relocate for employment, education & move into other living arrangements out of the area.

During this quarterly reporting period 3 youth were returned to their county/state of residency. 2 young men were returned to Oregon and 1 girl to California. All travel arrangements were paid by the families of the youth. Y.E.S. provided food and transportation for the youth while awaiting arrangements to return.

During this reporting period Y.E.S. was involved with 3 Youth at Risk Petitions, 4 Child in Need of Services petitions & 2 Anti-Harassment/No Contact orders; one order involved a 13 year old male against two 13 year old males & their father. The second was a 17 year old male against a 40 plus year old male who was harassing him for several months. With the exception of 2 continuances all orders were approved. Y.E.S. had NO Martin Hall placements during this reporting period.

One out of area female youth spent the night at the Newport Hospital ER due to alcohol consumption, and alcohol poisoning. Her Aunt, who has custody, transported her back to Ford Washington the following day. A referral was made for follow up services and assessment. Two female youth were involved in a vehicle roll over, both were ejected and didn’t suffer any substantial injuries (alcohol/drugs is suspected & still being investigated.) 3 male youth were involved in a rollover accident due to a vehicle brake malfunction. One male youth suffered injury to his arm, requiring him to spend 2 days in the hospital. All 3 males were wearing their seat belts and no citation was issued. No drugs or alcohol were involved.

I’m happy to report that the YES staff was not notified of any parties that were occurring in our area to celebrate the end of the school year/graduation. The YES youth ended their school year without issues. We are happy to report that 7 youth have completed their high school education and all have committed to continuing education, military & trade schools. YES was delighted to award a $1,000.00 scholarship to one of our youth towards her education at WSU.

Chris Dodds successfully placed 3 male youth in Job Corps and assisted with an additional placement in the Oregon Job Corps. These male youths were likely to remain homeless and out of the school system. All 3 have embraced the Corps program and have enrolled in trade schooling. 1 graduated, 1 completed his GED & the last male is continuing to get his diploma.

Financial Data:

Total:$27,615.77

Cash Donations $6,127.77
In-Kind $1,828.00
Grand:: $17,797.00 (Inland N.W. Community Foundation)
Clothing Drive: $1,863.00

We look forward to a busy summer with the youth and are currently working on activities to raise funds for School Supplies for the next school year.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the youth of Pend Oreille County and your ongoing support of our mission and goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding this report or any other issues.

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report: October 1 – December 31, 2013

From: Judi Lee M.S.W. – Youth Emergency Services Program Director

Y.E.S. has encountered its highest intakes into the Y.E.S. Program during this quarterly reporting period. We currently have 118 youth enrolled for services, an increase of 32 youth.

5 youth were returned to their state and county of residency; 2 to Utah, 1 to California, 1 to Oregon and 1 to Tri-Cities. Travel expenses were provided by the youth’s family/guardians.

During this reporting period I was summoned to sit with 4 teenage females at the Newport E.R. on different occasions, due to suicide attempts, drug over dose and excessive alcohol intake. One female was transported to Sacred Heart for evaluation; the reaming 3 were released to the care of their parent/guardian with follow up referrals to appropriate agencies.

All 3 school districts are experiencing an increase of homelessness, drug & alcohol use and referrals for community services.

Y.E.S. was involved in 3 CHINS (Child In Need Of Services) Petitions, all 3 were granted and the youth have been placed in secure safe housing. 2 ARY (At Risk Youth) Petitions were filed and granted. One youth is currently being staffed by DCFS for a Dependency Petition due to the abandonment of the female youth by her parent 3 years ago. Y.E.S. will terminate services to this youth if a Dependency is warranted and approved.

Y.E.S. has had ZERO Martin Hall placements during this reporting period.

We continue to explore funding options to enhance Y.E.S. services, providing pro-active services to the youth versa reactive services which often places the youth in harm’s way. In December Y.E.S. took advantage of the Work Source Program and hired Christopher Dodd, part-time Youth Advocate for the male population served by YES. Mr. Dodd’s degree is in Criminal Justice, as well as an extensive military background. He is a disabled Vet. He immediately began weekly groups with the young men, and has made an impact in their lives and career planning. He has successfully utilized the Job Corp Services for 3 of the young men that would of otherwise had limited ability to gain their High School diplomas and career training. They are excelling in their educations and planning for their future.

YES staff, board members, volunteers and the youth had several fund raising events during this quarter to supplement the Medical Necessities expenses such as medical mileage, prescriptions and over the counter meds. The majority of the YES youth were terminated from their State Medical Coverage without notice. We have since reenrolled 98% of the youth while maintaining their medical needs and expenses.

October had all of the YES crew busy preparing for the Fund Raiser at Curley’s with a Spaghetti dinner, silent auction and a Karaoke Contest, won by Deputy Shutte (who knew we had an Elvis on the force?). The event was a success & we hope to have a second similar event next year.

YES quickly moved into November with the celebration of the Capital Christmas Tree Festival, a truck wash at PUD and the Holiday preparations. The youth were actively involved in the fund raisers and are becoming more comfortable sharing their stories and their appreciation to the community that supports them.

December is by far our busiest month. In addition to providing services we strive to make sure each youth receives gifts, and in some cases their siblings, even a parent; whose child asked for a pair of boots for her mom because she walks her to and from the bus in the snow. Coordinating the gifts for 128, a dinner for 86 followed by The Winter Snow Flake Ball for the youth, I submit to you that it was a success and a night the youth won’t forget, nor the volunteers who worked endless hours to make this event successful. The girls were breath taking in their formal gowns with their hair and makeup professionally done. The young men were styling in their new suits gifted to them by Men’s Warehouse and no one turned down a ride from the dinner to the dance in the stretch limo. Professional photos are being developed for the youth as memorabilia of their formal event. (For most it was their first formal event.) A magical night for all who attended.

We are excited to enter into a new year with several upcoming projects and fund raisers to maintain and enhance services to the youth.

Financial Statements:

Total:$28,051.00

In-Kind Donations: $4,575.00
Cash: $9,733.00
Curley’s: $3,858.00
Exxon: $2,000.00
Grant: $6,885.00 (Ear marked for medical only)
Scholarship: $1,000.00 (Randall Faires Scholarship)

Thank you for all your continued support of the Y.E.S. program and the youth enrolled in services. It’s due to your individual commitments to make a change in Pend Oreille County and recognizing that our youth are valued and worthy of opportunities.

This report is respectfully submitted for your review. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report: July, 1 – September 30, 2013

From: Judi Lee M.S.W. – Youth Emergency Services Program Director

Y.E.S. enrolled 28 youth into the program during this reporting period.
11 youth were returned to their county and state of residency. 6 youth were from Washington State, 2 from Colorado, 2 from Idaho and 1 from Utah.

Services were provided to 4 male youth who were residing in camp grounds during the summer months. They were able to find local employment, haying. Once the haying was completed they return home to Boise Idaho with YES assistance.

YES experienced an increase in referrals involving drugs and alcohol issues with the youth during this reporting period. Some practices by the youth were normal teen experimenting for the first time; other cases indicate addiction patterns as well as youth ingesting drugs without their knowledge or consent. Referrals were made to other agencies when appropriate on behalf of the youth involved.

YES was involved in 4 CHINS petitions (Child In Need Of Services) during this reporting period. All 4 were granted and the youth have been placed in safe housing and continue to be involved in services.

I’m pleased to inform you that YES had ZERO Youth @ Risk petitions filed as well as ZERO Martin Hall placements during this reporting period.

As of September 1, 2013 Youth Emergency Services was granted permission to become a stand-alone agency, separating from Crime Victims Services.

YES received it’s 501(c)3 documents from the IRS as well as the Washington State Corporations and Charitable Agency approval as a stand-alone non-profit agency. The YES Board has made the following changes:

Chair: Sue Scobby
Vice-Chair: Chris Evers
Sec./Treasure: Tanner Angela
Members: Thubten Chodron, Tammy Allison, Anne McLaughlin, Jean Wakeley

YES Board Meetings will occur monthly on the 3rd. Monday of the month @ 5:00 p.m. at the YES office, located at 316 W. 2nd. St. We welcome input and visitors at our meetings. Please feel free to join us anytime, or just stop by.
We continue to explore grants & foundation opportunities to enhance services to the youth we serve. It’s my hopes to gain the funding to employee additional staff to provide services and meet the un-met needs of the youth.
During this quarterly reporting period the following funds were received for Y.E.S. through fund raisers and community donations for the youth.

Y.E.S did receive the foundation money from CVS to purchase school supplies and shoes which we were able to do and distribute once the school year began.

Financial Statements:

In-Kind Donations: $1,145.00
Cash: $1,972.00
Biyakathon: $304.75
Emergency Preparedness: $450.00
Soccer Booth: $94.00
Total: $3,965.75

Y.E.S. is coordinating fund raisers to get us through this Holiday Season and planning our future.
We are also exploring grants and foundations that will enhance our services and partially sustain additional staff to address the growing youth population enrolled in the YES program and providing best practices services.

I am humbled by the support of the youth of our county commissioners and their understanding of the teens’ journeys through a challenging time in their lives. Thei support continues to make a difference for each of the youth that come to Y.E.S. for help.

This report is respectfully submitted for review. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or issues.

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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report April, 1 – June 30, 2013

From: Judi Lee – Y.E.S. Program Director

Y.E.S. enrolled 32 youth into the program during this reporting period. 7 youth were returned to their county and state of residency. 5 youth were from Washington, 2 from Idaho. 2 of the Washington State youth were released to their parents at Newport Hospital following their release due to alcohol intoxication at parties in Priest River.

Y.E.S. was involved in 8 CHINS (Child In Need of Services) Petitions during this reporting period. Seven petitions were granted with the remaining petition in a “Continuance” status to be heard in July.

3 youth were placed on “Youth @ Risk” status by their parents/guardians for non-compliance with school attendance and breaking house rules.

Y.E.S. had 0 placements in Martin Hall during this reporting period.

The 501(c) 3 documents for IRS has been completed and approved by the Crime Victims Services and Y.E.S. Boards for submission with payment. We are very excited to move forward with developing and expanding services to the youth once we are granted our non-profit status. We are exploring grant opportunity that will enhance Y.E.S.’s ability to provide direct services to stabilize the youth in their placements and sustain them while they complete their educations before moving forward with their life goals.

Y.E.S. is honored to announce that 14 youth received their diplomas from our 3 School Districts for the 2012/2013 school year. All 14 youth have future plans (i.e.); military, trade school, community colleges and 4 year Universities. 3 of the youth received substantial scholarships to EWU & Whitworth based on their GPA’s and community services. All 14 youth strived to complete their education and prepared to begin their futures. Over half of the youth are the first in their families to receive a diploma from high school and to further their educations. I’m very proud of their accomplishments and your support of the Y.E.S. program made this possible for them to receive the necessary services.

During this reporting period Y.E.S. was happy to have 19 eighth graders promoted to their first year of High School in Pend Oreille County.

Financial Statements:

In-Kind Donations: $3,127.00
Cash: $2,408.00
Fund Raisers:
PUD Truck Wash: $675.00
5-K Run: $2,227.50
Lumber Raffle: $998.00 (Winner; Doug Lambarth)
Yard Sale: $338.00
Donated Hours (642): $6,676.80 (Volunteer Hours)
Total: $16,450.30

During this reporting period Y.E.S. concluded the Life Skills Program that was provided to the youth with Inland Empire Foundation’s funds. Most of the homeless youth participated in the program and benefited from their time with the Life Skills coaches and remain in contact with them. The program enhanced services to the youth and we are hopeful to continue this service for the youth as the coaches remain willing to meet with new youth entering the Y.E.S. program.

If you have been by the Y.E.S. office within the past 30 days, you may have noticed several youth painting the exterior of the office. With the permission of the Kalispell Tribe a local Boy Scout has taken this task on to earn his Eagle Patch. He held a Spaghetti Feed fundraiser at his church and was able to raise enough money to cover his cost of paint and equipment. The rainy weather delayed his completion date, but he’s hopeful to have the work completed in July. The Kalispell Tribe has agreed to credit his labor and cost towards Y.E.S. rent.

I’m attaching data charts that are specific to the ages of youth being served, their current status and housing information.

Thank you for opportunity to serve the youth of Pend Oreille County.

I respectfully submit this report for your review, comments and/or questions. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any suggestions or questions you may have.

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