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Mar 14, 2016

Letter to Oak Bridge

The time I spent at Oak Bridge was an experience, because it was my first time in a group home. Before I came to the group home, I thought it was going to be like a jail, but it turns out that it was like home away from home. I met the most wonderful people there. The case manager there is so sweet, thoughtful, fun and always happy. Even if she has a bad day, even if her best buddy is teasing her, she is the funniest person I ever met, and every time I needed to smile or laugh, I’d just go hang out with her. The staff is really awesome.

I spent over a month there, and I’m glad I did ‘cause I wouldn’t have changed. I wouldn’t be the person I am now, because the person I was wasn’t a good person. I was lying, hiding stuff from people because I was so afraid to tell anyone how I really felt inside me, but now since I’ve been there and actually talked about how I felt to the staff there, I could do it now without having people come to me to talk instead.

Anyways, Oak Bridge was home too, because I wouldn’t have guys touching me or worrying about which hotel am I gonna be staying at. I’m not gonna forget them, no matter where I go I’m still going to stay in contact with them.

I love you guys too, dearly, and I miss you guys a lot, but I know I have to move on. 

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May 22, 2017
Scholarships Awarded To Our Youth

On May 17th, the Janus Board of Directors, staff and community members honored 15 youth in our programs who were recipients of our scholarship awards. Now in its sixteenth year, the scholarships open the door to education for our youth by helping to pay for school expenses such as tuition, books and rent.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from an array of Janus programs including Insights Teen Parent Program, Imani House, Changes, Annex I, Harry’s Mother and Hope Partnership. Special thanks to Robert Gootee and Moda Health for their support in launching the Scholarship Fund in 2001 and to Joanne Senders—a generous donor who established the Joanne Senders Scholarship Fund.  

Photo: Left to right: Jeremy Ericksen, Thomas Spisla, Christian Ford, Griffin Thomas, Robert Gootee, Gustavo Portillo-Soto, Fariborz Pakseresht, Dennis Morrow and Dalon Murray. Not pictured: Alejandra Hernandez, Nicholas Schafer, Elishah Eduardo Asbaugh, Johnathan Baker, Cayce French, Robert Miller, Agustin Estrada-Vargas, Ezequiel Vasquez, and Bailey Allman.

May 08, 2017
Youth Voices—In Their Own Words

My experience at Cordero House was one of the most significant events to have happened to me. Let me start with a background of who I am. I came from a small village in the countryside of El Salvador. At a young age, I learned to be independent, going to school and helping with the daily chores. I moved to the city for a very brief moment before flying to the U.S. At first, I felt strange and overwhelmed with everyone and everything around me. As time went by, I found myself in a state of confusion. Alone, I had no one to turn to ask for help. Instead, I did things that to this day I regret. Such events led to me spending time in a youth corrections facility.

May 01, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Angie Corll

Angie knows what it feels like to run away. She did it for years, running away from abusive and neglectful homes, opting for freedom and danger of the streets over security. This life on the run led her down many dark paths for years until she became the kid that no one wanted to take in. Finally, in 1993, with the help of her probation officer, she entered a Janus residential program. That was a turning point. Says Angie, “I was blessed to have been given a second chance.” Now she works as a Youth Care Specialist at our Oak Grove shelter in SW Washington, helping youth who are facing similar life crisis as she did. We talked to Angie to find out how her experiences has prepared her to serve our youth.

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