We change the lives of 6,000 youth every year through our 40 programs in Oregon and Washington.
Youth who have runaway or are homeless. Youth who have been trafficked for sex. Teen parents and youth living in low-income neighborhoods.
When you provide youth opportunities to build successful futures, our entire community benefits. Help be part of their success.
Responding to the growing number of runaway and homeless youth in East County, Janus has expanded its runaway program for youth under age 18 by opening up Harry’s Mother East and Reception Center East in Gresham. The new center provides a full-range of services to address youth and family needs including free individual and family counseling, case management, short term shelter for runaway youth, drop-in services, community education and outreach and connection to community resources. The center will also house Janus’ Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Outreach Team who connect survivors of sex trafficking to shelter, education, employment, counseling and other support services.
As we move into a new year, I reflect on 2016 and believe it has been one of the most successful years in Janus history. Over 6,000 children and youth from age 0 to 25 received service from us. Many of them found shelter from the cold and freezing weather in our shelters and that single step could lead them to exit the streets. Our housing programs in Clark County showed over a 95% success rate and one of our residential programs in Oregon was even higher. Yet, over the summer we were faced with a series of death—deaths of youth who had been or were in services and even the death of a 2-year old child. Which served to remind me of the harsh and painful reality of who we work with every day. Janus’ mission is to “open doors for youth” and by the time a young person reaches us, it may be the only door available for a positive lifetime ahead.
Changing lives and building futures is what we do. 6,000 different faces this year...faces marked by despair, but many still filled with hope. Faces like Adam whose life was filled with physical abuse, isolation and school failure who now is looking ahead to college and a new life. Faces like Ashlee whose life on the streets was defined by drugs and alcohol and physical abuse who now is pursuing a degree at Portland Community College. These are but two of the faces your support impacted this past year. Support that also made it possible for Janus to provide 73,000 nights of safe shelter and 110,000 meals across our shelter and residential programs; 400 low-income families with access to neighborhood gardens to grow healthy, fresh food; 200 young families with parenting skills and 12 youth with college scholarships. As you consider your year-end giving plans, please contribute to Janus Youth Programs so that we can continue to create new "faces of hope." Click here to donate.