We change the lives of 6,000 youth every year through our 40 programs in Oregon and Washington.
Youth who have runaway or are homeless. Youth who have been trafficked for sex. Teen parents and youth living in low-income neighborhoods.
When you provide youth opportunities to build successful futures, our entire community benefits. Help be part of their success.
We have spent the past year at Janus building our capacity to be a safe and welcoming “home” for all youth and all staff. Janus’ founding mission is to “open doors for youth.” Over half of the 6,000 children and youth that Janus works with each year are from a racial/cultural minority group and it is vital that every one of them feels safe and welcomed when they walk through any of our 40+ program doors seeking help.
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is not new in the Portland Metropolitan Area. But what is new is the approach Janus is taking to address the problem. Thanks to a grant from Multnomah County, Janus has hired two new outreach educators who go out in the community to find CSEC victims (survivors), build relationships with them and pave the way for their entry into services. This type of work requires not only a unique skill set, but the ability to connect with this at-risk youth population. Janus is pleased that LaTasha Curry and Marc Hanks are leading this important work in their new roles as CSEC outreach workers.
Lisa Ornstein has become a familiar face at the Janus office. Over the years, she has continued to drop off bags of much needed items for homeless youth. Ms. Ornstein, who is a musician and music teacher, keeps coming back to Janus because she is passionate about helping children who are most vulnerable. “Janus is doing such important work for at-risk youth. The organization is an antidote against despair,” says Ornstein.