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Jan 29, 2019

Employee Spotlight - Krista Wilson

Krista Wilson has been a dedicated Youth Care Specialist at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter in Washington for three and a half years. Oak Bridge Youth Shelter provides 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter with services accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth ages 9-17. When discussing what motivates her Krista says “making kids laugh. Even in times of heartache, you can always get a better perspective on life when you laugh.”

In her role at the shelter, Krista provides one-on-one and group support to youth. She oversees their daily activities such as eating meals, doing chores, laundry, helping them with their homework, driving them to school, outings, the library and appointments. She leads group sessions with the youth, teaching them sex education, learning to be a self-advocate and writing resumes. She also hangs out with them playing board games or watching movies. “I try to make them feel comfortable. When new youth arrive, I always offer them something to eat and a shower,” says Krista. She does her best to create a welcoming, caring and relaxing environment for them.

Krista began her career with Janus at the former Oak Grove shelter where she took on the role of safety coordinator. In this role now at Oak Bridge, Krista leads safety tailgates, fire drills, car inspections and monthly safety meetings. “Anything safety related, I take care of,” says Krista. According to Washington State Program Director, Alaire DeSalvo, “I don’t know that I’ve met anyone as dedicated to their role as safety representative as Krista is. It has been a tremendous benefit to our programs to have someone willing to oversee all the different aspects of safety with genuine zeal.”

In her personal time, Krista spends time with her husband, two children, her dog Hoss, listens to music, looms hats and scarves and takes day hikes and picnics. She also is an active advocate for women who have experienced domestic violence.

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Jan 22, 2019
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Robin Miller, a Case Manager in our Washington Program, was 21 years old when she was sexually exploited. “In 1993, I was trafficked from a club in Portland up and down the West Coast and in six states.” It took me six years to finally get the courage to leave my trafficker in 1999, but healing from the abuse took more than a decade more, in part, because there was no coordinated system of care available to support survivors,” she said. Robin gave this testimony before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year. Once again, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation on January 17, 2019 recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Multnomah County.

Jan 15, 2019
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