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.
Working with LGBTQ youth on a farm had been a dream of Chelsea Willis and was the basis of her college thesis at Naropa Institute. “All the things I wrote about, I am doing now at the Rivera House,” says Chelsea. “While the Rivera House doesn’t have a farm, there are raised beds where residents have the opportunity to grow vegetables and herbs.” Chelsea, too, has been able to grow—professionally— by combining her talent and expertise in challenging, new ways. According to Deven Edgerton, Rivera House Director, “Chelsea has been a crucial employee in getting the Rivera House up and running.”
Melissa Bauer serves as the Janus Advancement Chair and has been a Board member since 2015. She is a general partner in a family-owned real estate business.
“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.