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Jan 20, 2016

Board of Directors Member Spotlight - Sue Campo

We welcomed Sue Campo onto the Janus Board of Directors a few months ago. Originally from Montana, Sue has lived in the Portland Metropolitan Area for 28 yrs. She loves spending time with family, enjoys the outdoors, and the arts and culture that our greater community offers.

What inspired you to join the Janus Board?

I became familiar with Janus Youth Programs a number of years ago from a bank colleague who joined the Janus Board of Directors. Through him, I learned about the mission of Janus Youth Programs and became inspired with the great outreach Janus provides to the growing number of at-risk youth in the communities Janus serves. When my colleague rotated off the Janus Board of Directors, he encouraged me to join. I jumped at the opportunity because I am concerned about the future of our youth. Homelessness in Oregon is at crisis levels, and Janus is a leader in improving and reducing youth homelessness. I hope to make a difference and ease the path for those less fortunate. By keeping at-risk kids safe and sheltered from the influences of life on the streets and the many risks present--sex trafficking, drug and alcohol use, education avoidance-- the better off this population of young people will be. And these efforts will benefit our communities long-term for future generations.

What do you bring to the Board of Directors?

I have worked for a variety of large and small organizations, with experience in finance, IT, human resources, and operations. I have spent most of my career in banking, which is not unlike most businesses in terms of operating challenges, and I am currently the CFO for The Bank of Oswego. I am hoping that these skills and my experience can benefit Janus Youth Programs in my role on the Board.

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Nov 28, 2018
Ending Youth Homelessness

Every night, our downtown Portland shelters are home to youth ages 16-24 who have no other place to go. Youth often line up outside the door at 8:30 pm, hoping to get a bed and a meal for the night. Not everyone gets in. With a limit of 60 beds, the shelter can only accommodate 60 youth each night. During the winter months, there are an additional 10 beds. This year alone, the shelters housed and fed over 500 youth. While our shelters are running at full capacity and our street outreach workers are out every night providing warm clothing and crisis-intervention services, there are some positive shifts affecting the numbers and demographics of homeless youth in Multnomah County.

Nov 26, 2018
​Employee Spotlight—Gina McConnell

Gina knows what it feels like to run away. She did it at age 12 to avoid abuse at home, but like so many youth on the street, she quickly became a target for sex trafficking. After many years “in the life,” she spent time in prison where she befriended a person who said to her when she was released, “I need you to go out there and be our voice.” This was a pivotal moment for Gina and from that point on, she was committed to helping youth who have experienced similar trauma as she did. Today she works in the Cowlitz County Youth Services Program as a case manager for sexually-exploited youth. We talked to Gina to find out how her experiences has prepared her for this role.

Nov 12, 2018
Share The Season Of Giving

It's not too early to start thinking about giving for the holidays. Over 600 children and youth call Janus Youth Programs home every day. You can make their season brighter. Here are a few ideas:

  • Adopt a shelter or residential program: Provide gifts ($40 or less) for 12 youth in Portland or Vancouver/Cowlitz. We will provide a holiday wish list with names and ages.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation and leave the shopping to us!
  • Organize a donation drive: Purchase new blankets, jackets, socks or winter weather gear for homeless youth in need.

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