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Apr 05, 2018

​Youth Spotlight—Rose Edwards

“Never give up,” is the motto Rose carried with her during her years as a homeless youth in Vancouver, WA. After over five years of homelessness, struggling with addiction and ending up in jail repeatedly, Rose turned a new leaf on life. At 24, she is a supervisor at Papa Murphy’s, has a one-bedroom apartment, spends time with her six-year old son and is completely clean.

Her homelessness started at age 18 when she left home because of a falling out with a family member over her drug use and relapse. While Rose was able to get support, hoping to change the course her life was taking, she was not ready to quit. Eventually, Rose got into a program at Open House Ministries in Vancouver where she received rent-free housing for a year. When that ended, she was back on the street, trying to survive but relapsed again and sent to jail. In lieu of extended jail time, Rose enrolled in a Drug Court program that offered treatment and recovery support services. This was a turning point for her. “I realized I couldn’t help myself alone, it didn’t work.” While in the program, the Vancouver Housing Authority placed Rose with a caseworker at Janus who tirelessly worked with her to find housing. Says Rose, “It took a year to find stable housing and it was an emotional rollercoaster ride. I hit bottom, relapsed and was back in jail. Fortunately, my caseworker never gave up on me and was always kind and reassuring, which helped me get through that tough time.” Finally, Rose and her Janus caseworker found her an apartment where she has been happily living for a year. “A month before I moved into my home, I sobered up. Having my own space and a place to go home every night where I can shower and store my own things—I never had that,” says Rose.

Next month, Rose will graduate from the Drug Court program. She plans to become a mentor there to help others who are in similar situations as she once was. She also believes that staying involved in the program will be a good reminder never to go back to her former life.

One of the most important outcomes of having her own home, in addition to being clean and employed, is that Rose was able to have her son back within two months of moving into her home. Says Rose, “Last week I took him to school for the first time. Having housing stability gives me a chance to be a mom.”

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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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