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Nov 22, 2016
Connecting Homeless Youth to Housing in SW Washington

For highly vulnerable youth living on the streets for at least a year, Janus’ new program, Connections in SW Washington, is literally a life saver. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Connections helps vulnerable youth with disabilities ages 18-25 obtain housing. Annie Colton, case manager for Connections says, “The youth Connections serves are the ones most likely to die without housing.” Disabilities include drug dependency and mental health diagnosis.

Nov 14, 2016
With Support Comes A New Life

For most of his life, 18 year old Adam Ramey didn’t like adults. Growing up in a family where he experienced domestic violence, he never had anyone that he could depend on. After brief stays at a shelter and a foster home, at age 13 he arrived at Cordero—one of our residential services—a scared, angry teen who pushed people away. Having felt betrayed and abandoned for years, Adam remained angry and aloof. The Cordero staff kept trying to communicate with him saying, “we’re here for you.” Says Adam, “first I thought that was ridiculous, you don’t even know me. But there was one person who persisted and I believed her sincerity and began opening up. Thanks to the Cordero staff, I was able to become the person I am today. They helped keep me sane.” It took a few months, but gradually Adam realized that there really were people who cared for him. He soon developed close relationships with staff and peers.

Nov 08, 2016
Board of Director Spotlight: Tom Fink Receives 2016 Simon Benson Award

For Janus Board member, Tom Fink, philanthropy is about more than just donating time or money. For him, it is about making a difference in his community. One of Tom’s favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” This is a concept that Tom has embraced. “I feel like I have been blessed and I want to give back. There could have been so many things that might have derailed my life. But I was lucky enough to have missed those obstacles and want to help others less fortunate,” says Tom. His tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. On November 3, in recognition of his contributions, Portland State University (PSU) and the PSU Foundation presented Tom with a Simon Benson Award at their gala dinner.

Nov 01, 2016
November is National Runaway Prevention Month

Did you know that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year? If all these youth lived in one city, it would be the fifth largest city in the United States. Because of the growing need to provide support to these youth, Janus Youth Programs is expanding its services in both Portland and Washington.

Oct 27, 2016
Insights Promotes Healthy Relationships for Young Moms

Intimate Partner Violence. It is not a phrase that some of us know, yet many of our youth are at high risk for experiencing it in their lives. Insights Teen Parent Services—one of Janus’ Programs—supports young moms who have or are currently experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Says Heather Baeckel, Insights Program Supervisor, “Warning signs can look different for young parents. They often describe their intimate relationships differently than adults. Our staff are trained in recognizing the signs of IPV and know how to respond to young moms on topics of healthy, safe relationships. Each mom is assigned a Home Visiting staff who provides them with individualized, strengths-based services.”

Oct 26, 2016
​Poem by Adam Ramey

Once upon a time, in a land far away

There was a village of compassionate people who gave a troubled little seed a place to grow and stay.

At once, the seed who didn’t know what to say

Became angry and sad, so he pushed people away.

“Stay away” he cried.

“I am a monster, a monster. No one can help me, for many have tried.”

But the village of people never once swayed nor fret

For they wished to instill in him values in which they had set.

Oct 25, 2016
How Janus Changed Ashlee’s Life

Ashlee came to Janus Youth Programs as a homeless 17-year-old when her step-father told her that she had to leave the cramped house where she lived with her mother, siblings and grandmother in Portland. Her journey after leaving her family was not easy. She couch surfed, lived on the streets and under bridges, was addicted to drugs and alcohol and abused by boyfriends. Despite setbacks and obstacles, Ashlee was determined to change the course of her life. Now at age 22, she and her two-year old son, Dubhlainn, live together in an apartment where she is creating a more stable future for both of them.

Oct 17, 2016
Hope Partnership Changes Lives

Changing lives and building futures is possible with programs like our Hope Partnership. Watch this two minute video clip featuring a former Hope Partnership youth who changed his life around.

Oct 17, 2016
Two Easy Ways to Help Our Youth

Thanks to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program, you can link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Janus and donate just by doing your normal shopping! Each time you use your card, Fred Meyer will automatically donate a percentage of your total to Janus. You still get all your points and rebates too! If you have already linked your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Janus, please renew it here. If you shop online at Amazon, link your account to Janus through Amazon Smile and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Sign up today!

Oct 11, 2016
Village Garden Community Food Projects

Since 2001, Village Gardens has empowered low income neighborhoods through innovative community food projects. Take a look at this 2 minute video created by one of our sponsors, the Portland Children's Levy, to see how the program is making a difference for youth in the North Portland.

Sep 28, 2016
Youth Helping Youth in New Columbia

The Urban Institute recently released research and a short video focusing on how youth from the New Columbia neighborhood in North Portland are taking the issue of teen food insecurity into their own hands. Watch this 4 minute video to find out their innovative approach.

Sep 01, 2016
2016 Herm Gilliam Golf Tournament for Kids

More than 100 golfers played in this year’s tournament at Riverside Golf & Country Club that benefits the 6000 youth Janus serves yearly.

The tournament honors the memory of Herm Gilliam, one of Portland’s great citizens, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers 1976-77 NBA Championship Team who served on Janus’ Board. A number of golfers present at the tournament who played with Herm in high school and the NBA remember him fondly.

Sep 01, 2016
Dinner in the Vines

This year’s Dinner in the Vines was our biggest crowd ever, with close to 200 people! It was a beautiful, relaxing evening, held in the scenic ArborBrook Vineyards on August 27th. Guests enjoyed a Spanish influenced, four-course dinner from Crown Paella, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz on a perfect summer evening. The event was made possible by our sponsors: Greg Bauer, Jazz Sponsor;: ArborBrook Vineyards Wine Sponsor; Table Sponsors: Melissa Bauer, Michael Buonocore, Harsch Investment, Home Forward, Nancy Hurley, Kaiser Permanente, Magnacorp, Shelly McFarland, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, RBC Wealth Management, Brian and Julie Rose, Barry Schrimsher and The Standard. Click here to see more pictures.

Aug 25, 2016
Food Works Youth Summer Season Ends

The Food Works farm on Sauvie Island is a bustling, lively scene filled with youth carrying out their tasks to operate a 2.5 acre organic farm. This week marks the end of the season for the 20 youth who volunteered (and are paid a stipend) for the 8-week program. Each of these youth will be taking away new-found skills, new friendships and a greater self-confidence that they will bring back to their schools and their communities.

Aug 17, 2016
Enter Our Wine Drawing Today!

Don’t miss your chance to stock your wine cellar while doing something good for Janus Youth. Enter to win one of two wine lots that are unique collections of highly-rated wines.

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