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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.

What inspired you to join the Janus Board of Directors?

When I was a banker, I got to know Janus through handing their bank account and was inspired by its goals and work in the community. When I retired in 2013, I began to ask myself, “How can I make a difference today?” I immediately thought of Janus and decided join the Board.

Why do you think it is important to invest in your community?

When I was asked to be Board of Director President, I realized that even though I am retired, I still want to have the ability to make a difference in my community, especially for our youth. After all, we are in this life together. The Janus Scholarship Program caught my interest because I believe that education is the cornerstone for our country and it can have a wide spread effect on the well-being and happiness for of all of us. I want each of them to know that there are people wo care for them and want them to succeed in their education.

What do you hope to accomplish in your term as Board President?

I would like to help lead the continued evolvement of Janus and to ensure that the Board implements new programs where needed. We have to take advantage of all the potential opportunities for successful, beneficial growth of the organization.

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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.

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