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Apr 02, 2018

​Employee Spotlight—Annie Colton

Finding affordable housing in the Portland/Vancouver area is difficult in the best of circumstances. For many homeless youth, the challenge may seem insurmountable—that is where Annie Colton steps in. Annie has been working as a Housing Case Manager in Vancouver, Washington for over a year. She provides the lifeboat that helps youth ages 18-25, navigate through the unchartered waters of housing. Working in collaboration with two other caseworkers in The Perch, our Vancouver drop-in center, her job is focused on getting youth off the streets and into stable housing.

In addition to high costs, there are many barriers homeless youth face in finding housing—a criminal record, a clean rental history or even their age. To help overcome these obstacles, Annie assists youth in drafting letters to landlords, explains what a lease or an eviction notice is and teaches them what it means to be a good neighbor. “This past winter, some of our youth got evicted. I try to address the issues that led to the eviction, like substance abuse or too many guests,” says Annie. Often there are setbacks and we may not see the success of our work for one to two years. “When this happens, our clients often want to disappear but we tell they we’re here for them, that we are not giving up and they can learn from their experiences. I try to build their confidence.”

Annie has always wanted to help others especially at-risk youth, having been one herself. She was in foster care when she ran away at 13 years old and ended up on the doorstep of Oak Bridge, our temporary youth shelter in Vancouver. “This led to something very positive for me. I ended up with a nurturing foster parent and eventually went on to get my Bachelor of Arts degree in human development and a certificate in human services and case management,” says Annie. She gets satisfaction from being a positive and professional role model as well as an advocate for her clients. She enjoys seeing them reach important milestones—simple things like getting dressed and ready in the morning to socialize in the world or going to treatment for the first time. And Annie is happy when youth graduate out of the program. Says Annie, “I tell them all the time, you have value, you have worth.”

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Aug 02, 2018
Dinner in the Vines - SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Dinner in the Vines are sold out! The benefit event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon. Thank you to all of our supporters who purchased tickets. Our guests will enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest, four-course dinner, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz.

Jul 26, 2018
Enter Our Wine Drawing!

Stock up your wine collection while supporting Janus Youth Programs! Take this opportunity to win over 50 bottles of great wine from all over the world! This year’s wine drawing includes an incredible variety of wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, France and Spain! Enjoy amazing Pinots from Stoller, Domain Drouhin and Angela Estates, Cabernets from L’Ecole and Mount Veeder, Bordeaux from the St. Emilion region and Chianti and Barolo from Italy! We’ve even thrown in four bottles of Champagne and a few special bottles each worth the price of the ticket on their own! (A 1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet and a Quilceda Creek CVR.)

Jul 03, 2018
Play Golf And Support Janus Youth!

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of golf, contests, awards, lunch and dinner at the Riverside Golf & Country Club for the The Herm Gilliam Memorial Golf Tournament for Kids on August 13th. Register today!. More than a great afternoon of golf, the Herm Gilliam Memorial Golf Tournament for Kids is about changing lives and building futures for 6,000 youth each year. A member of the Trail Blazers 1976-77 NBA Championship Team, Herm served on Janus' Board of Directors and chaired our Scholarship Fund. With his passing, the community lost a true friend and one of its greatest treasures. 

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