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May 16, 2016

Harry’s Mother—A Safe Place for Youth Having Trouble at Home

There are many reasons teenagers find their way to Harry’s Mother, our Runaway Youth Service. They may be having trouble at home and school, or their family may be experiencing homelessness. They may have been brought in by the police for theft, drug possession or breaking curfew. In all cases, there is one thing they have in common: they all get support and linkages to services that best fit their situations. The goal of Harry’s Mother is to keep families together whenever possible. According to the Runaway Services Program Director, Mel Jett, “Parents are struggling too.”

Harry’s Mother has been serving runaway youth since 1972. Youth may be referred there by a school counselor, SUN Community School, word of mouth, or from calling the crisis line. Once youth have gone through the in-take process, staff make recommendations on the next steps. In some cases, youth are referred to the Garfield House—a short term emergency residential shelter facility. In other cases where a youth has been sex trafficked, staff will refer the youth to Athena House—a residential facility that can house up to 7 youth between the ages of 14 and 21. Most Athena House referrals come from the ...

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May 07, 2016
6000 Children and Families Thank Damien Lillard and Adidas

To welcome Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers back to Moda Center and support the team's playoff run, Adidas raised two inspirational billboards in the Rose City.

This spring Dame and Adidas will also support those living the #NeverDoubt mantra by donating a portion of the proceeds of Damian's playoff shoes, the "D Lillard 2 Stay Ready," to Janus Youth Programs.

May 03, 2016
Staff Spotlight—Neal Sand

When many of us think of a dream job, it is usually something glamorous, like rock star, bestselling author, or video game designer. Not Neal Sand. His dream job is the one he has, Yellow Brick Road Supervisor. In this job, Neal gets to do what he loves: building relationships with at-risk youth and instilling hope in their lives.

Apr 14, 2016
Child Abuse Prevention: The Role Insights Teen Parent Program Plays

Starting a family at any age is a life changing event, and becoming a parent at a young age presents its own unique challenges. Young parents may be unprepared for the needs of a new family: providing housing, caring for an infant and establishing financial stability. Insights, our teen Parent Program, helps young parents to navigate through this by providing support and education with home visits.

Apr 13, 2016
Board of Directors, President Spotlight Kevin Huish

Kevin Huish has served as President of the Janus Board of Directors since 2013 and a Board member since 2008. We appreciate the time he took to answer our questions for this Board of Directors Spotlight.

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