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Mar 09, 2017
Employee Spotlight— Roy Spencer

Every night of the week, a crowd of youth line up to get into our downtown Portland shelter where they get a warm bed and meal for the night. Preparing for their arrival every day takes a lot of work, including cooking their dinner. We talked to Roy Spencer, Porchlight Shelter Supervisor, about his job which includes managing and cleaning the shelter, doing light maintenance work and feeding up to 70 homeless youth daily. In addition to performing all of those tasks, according to his supervisor, Dennis Lundberg, “Roy will always step in when the shelter is short-staffed, going the extra mile for the staff and youth we serve. For example, this week he is on call 24/7 for 14 days straight.” Roy has been working for Janus for over three years. A soft-spoken person with an easy smile, he has earned respect from his peers and youth.

Feb 15, 2017
​Next steps After Imani

This month, Christian Ford will graduate from Imani House, one of our residential treatment programs that help youth between the ages of 13 to 18 rebuild their lives. 18 year-old Christian, a soft-spoken youth, has plans for his life after Imani. Like so many of the youth we serve, his journey in getting to where he is today was filled with many challenges.

Feb 13, 2017
​Board of Directors President Spotlight—Stephen McCammon

Stephen McCammon is the new President of the Janus Board of Directors. He has been a Board member since 2013. He lives with his wife Mary Ann. They are spending the month of February in Yelapa, Mexico where Mary Ann will teach quilting to the women in the village so they can sell their work to visiting tourists. We appreciate the time he took to answer our questions for this interview.

Feb 08, 2017
Covers and Blankets Benefit Concert for Janus Youth

One snowy winter day, Christian Parkinson looked out his apartment window and reflected on his good fortune to be inside and warm. But as quickly as the snow fell, he realized that there were many people less fortunate, living out on the streets in the freezing cold. So he decided to do something to help. That was fourteen years ago when Christian started his “Covers and Blankets” fundraiser for Janus Youth. Each year in January, Christian organizes a benefit concert where a group of up to 300 people bring a donation of a blanket or warm clothing for Janus Youth while enjoying an evening of relaxing with friends and listening to live music performances.

Feb 06, 2017
​Yellow Brick Road of Washington Goes to Olympia

For many of our youth and families living on the streets, they are often faced with barriers when attempting to be housed. Some of these barriers include sources of income, criminal backgrounds, serious mental health and substance abuse disorders and lack of resources. On February 2nd, The Yellow Brick Road of Washington—our street outreach program designed to find homeless youth—took a trip to the state capitol of Olympia to participate in one of the largest lobby days: the Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. This was a day to advocate on issues such as housing affordability and an end to homelessness.

Jan 26, 2017
Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Multnomah County

Bella Gonzales was 17 years old when she was living on the street before she found her way to Athena House—a Janus residential program that provides safe, emergency housing up to 18 months for sex-trafficked youth. On January 26, she testified before the Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners about how the Athena House and the staff there helped Bella change her life. “Staff helped me with resources, got me back to school and provided me with clothing and shelter. This program really makes a difference,” says Bella. Today, as a Lead Residential Counselor at Athena House, she is a role model to the residents living there. In 2016, Athena House housed 23 youth who were victims of sex-trafficking.

Jan 10, 2017
Harry’s Mother Opens Up A Center In Gresham

Responding to the growing number of runaway and homeless youth in East County, Janus has expanded its runaway program for youth under age 18 by opening up Harry’s Mother East and Reception Center East in Gresham. The new center provides a full-range of services to address youth and family needs including free individual and family counseling, case management, short term shelter for runaway youth, drop-in services, community education and outreach and connection to community resources. The center will also house Janus’ Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Outreach Team who connect survivors of sex trafficking to shelter, education, employment, counseling and other support services.

Jan 04, 2017
​New Year Message from Executive Director, Dennis Morrow

As we move into a new year, I reflect on 2016 and believe it has been one of the most successful years in Janus history. Over 6,000 children and youth from age 0 to 25 received service from us. Many of them found shelter from the cold and freezing weather in our shelters and that single step could lead them to exit the streets. Our housing programs in Clark County showed over a 95% success rate and one of our residential programs in Oregon was even higher. Yet, over the summer we were faced with a series of death—deaths of youth who had been or were in services and even the death of a 2-year old child. Which served to remind me of the harsh and painful reality of who we work with every day. Janus’ mission is to “open doors for youth” and by the time a young person reaches us, it may be the only door available for a positive lifetime ahead.

Dec 21, 2016
Make a Difference With Your Year-End Giving

Changing lives and building futures is what we do. 6,000 different faces this year...faces marked by despair, but many still filled with hope. Faces like Adam whose life was filled with physical abuse, isolation and school failure who now is looking ahead to college and a new life. Faces like Ashlee whose life on the streets was defined by drugs and alcohol and physical abuse who now is pursuing a degree at Portland Community College. These are but two of the faces your support impacted this past year. Support that also made it possible for Janus to provide 73,000 nights of safe shelter and 110,000 meals across our shelter and residential programs; 400 low-income families with access to neighborhood gardens to grow healthy, fresh food; 200 young families with parenting skills and 12 youth with college scholarships. As you consider your year-end giving plans, please contribute to Janus Youth Programs so that we can continue to create new "faces of hope." Click here to donate.

Dec 01, 2016
Visit The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall & Look for Janus Youth With the Red Dot on Gift Tag

The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall is a great way to make sure each of our youth has a gift to open on Christmas morning. Just pick an ornament from the tree located in the Nordstrom wing, near Williams-Sonoma, and purchase the item listed on the tag. Return the unwrapped gifts to the Sharing Tree by December 20th so they can be delivered by Christmas. These gifts are distributed to Janus and eight other charities throughout the Portland metro area. Each year, more than 4,500 gifts are given to those in need through the Washington Square Sharing Tree.

Nov 22, 2016
Connecting Homeless Youth to Housing in SW Washington

For highly vulnerable youth living on the streets for at least a year, Janus’ new program, Connections in SW Washington, is literally a life saver. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Connections helps vulnerable youth with disabilities ages 18-25 obtain housing. Annie Colton, case manager for Connections says, “The youth Connections serves are the ones most likely to die without housing.” Disabilities include drug dependency and mental health diagnosis.

Nov 14, 2016
With Support Comes A New Life

For most of his life, 18 year old Adam Ramey didn’t like adults. Growing up in a family where he experienced domestic violence, he never had anyone that he could depend on. After brief stays at a shelter and a foster home, at age 13 he arrived at Cordero—one of our residential services—a scared, angry teen who pushed people away. Having felt betrayed and abandoned for years, Adam remained angry and aloof. The Cordero staff kept trying to communicate with him saying, “we’re here for you.” Says Adam, “first I thought that was ridiculous, you don’t even know me. But there was one person who persisted and I believed her sincerity and began opening up. Thanks to the Cordero staff, I was able to become the person I am today. They helped keep me sane.” It took a few months, but gradually Adam realized that there really were people who cared for him. He soon developed close relationships with staff and peers.

Nov 08, 2016
Board of Director Spotlight: Tom Fink Receives 2016 Simon Benson Award

For Janus Board member, Tom Fink, philanthropy is about more than just donating time or money. For him, it is about making a difference in his community. One of Tom’s favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” This is a concept that Tom has embraced. “I feel like I have been blessed and I want to give back. There could have been so many things that might have derailed my life. But I was lucky enough to have missed those obstacles and want to help others less fortunate,” says Tom. His tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. On November 3, in recognition of his contributions, Portland State University (PSU) and the PSU Foundation presented Tom with a Simon Benson Award at their gala dinner.

Nov 01, 2016
November is National Runaway Prevention Month

Did you know that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year? If all these youth lived in one city, it would be the fifth largest city in the United States. Because of the growing need to provide support to these youth, Janus Youth Programs is expanding its services in both Portland and Washington.

Oct 27, 2016
Insights Promotes Healthy Relationships for Young Moms

Intimate Partner Violence. It is not a phrase that some of us know, yet many of our youth are at high risk for experiencing it in their lives. Insights Teen Parent Services—one of Janus’ Programs—supports young moms who have or are currently experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Says Heather Baeckel, Insights Program Supervisor, “Warning signs can look different for young parents. They often describe their intimate relationships differently than adults. Our staff are trained in recognizing the signs of IPV and know how to respond to young moms on topics of healthy, safe relationships. Each mom is assigned a Home Visiting staff who provides them with individualized, strengths-based services.”

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