Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS)
YESS provides a safety net of programs designed to help kids when they need it the most, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, mental health counseling, and care coordination. YESS is home to Iowa’s largest and most comprehensive emergency shelter for kids, which provides a safe haven and wraparound support to more than 800 children (newborn through age 17) each year.
The library at YESS is our flagship library. We started with two carts of books in the recreation room in 2011 and now have a beautiful library housing over 2,200 books. New Chapters hosts weekly library hours where volunteers visit with the kids about books and assist them in returning and checking out new books. We offer ongoing reading incentive programs, complete with prizes and special treats, guest readers, reading pizza parties, and other fun activities to keep our readers engaged.