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Aug 15, 2015

Visit the Village Gardens’ Farmers Market Thursdays Until September 24

Date: Every Thursday, June 18 through September 24, 2015

Time: 3 – 7 pm

Location: 4632 N. Trenton, Portland, OR 97203 (map)

The Village Gardens’ Farmer Market is returning for their third season offering organic produce grown by local families and Food Works youth. Located outside the Village Market store in North Portland, the Farmers Market promises to be a fun and festive community event.

In addition to the certified organic produce from Food Works Farm, the Village Gardens Market Gardeners will offer a wide variety of unique vegetables such as amaranth leaf, squash leaf, bean leaf, African eggplant, chili pepper, tomatillos and squash blossoms representing the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New Columbia and Portsmouth.

Other new and returning vendors include:   

  • Village Market
  • Churros Locos
  • Andale Mexican Food
  • Cason’s Fine Meats
  • La Botica Perfume
  • Charles Hawkins Incense
  • African Imports

To kick off the season, Thursday’s first market will feature face painting by Mystiques Fancy Faces, art from Wendy Gehring and Nancy Romero, a salad dressing demonstration by Kitchen Commons and live music by Andre Billingsly and Mainstreet.

Prepared Food Vendors will also be on site providing cuisine from Ethiopia and Mexico. Enjoy injera with lentils or tamales, aqua fresca and churros while you shop for produce and support your community.

See you on Thursdays! 

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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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