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May 31, 2016

2016 Scholarship Awards

On May 25, Janus awarded 12 scholarships to youth in several of our programs. This is the 15th year of awarding scholarships that open the door to education for the youth we work with. For some youth that may mean enrolling in a technical training program, a community college, a 4-year university, even medical school. Since launching the fund in 2001, 73 scholarships have been awarded.

These scholarships are meant to fill in the gaps for students who are struggling to finance their education without financial support from their families. The 12 recipients will use the scholarships to help pay for tuition, books, rent and tools for an apprenticeship program. One youth is planning on using her scholarship towards finishing her BS degree at PSU so she can pursue a medical degree at OHSU. Another youth is enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College next fall to become a physical therapist. And a youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility plans to purchase professional barber tools that will enable him to successfully transition to the community and secure employment when he is released from McLaren.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from various Janus programs including Insights Teen Parent Program, Cordero House, Bridge House, The Hope Partnership, Changes and Food Works. Congratulations to all of you!

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Mar 09, 2017
Employee Spotlight— Roy Spencer

Every night of the week, a crowd of youth line up to get into our downtown Portland shelter where they get a warm bed and meal for the night. Preparing for their arrival every day takes a lot of work, including cooking their dinner. We talked to Roy Spencer, Porchlight Shelter Supervisor, about his job which includes managing and cleaning the shelter, doing light maintenance work and feeding up to 70 homeless youth daily. In addition to performing all of those tasks, according to his supervisor, Dennis Lundberg, “Roy will always step in when the shelter is short-staffed, going the extra mile for the staff and youth we serve. For example, this week he is on call 24/7 for 14 days straight.” Roy has been working for Janus for over three years. A soft-spoken person with an easy smile, he has earned respect from his peers and youth.

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​Next steps After Imani

This month, Christian Ford will graduate from Imani House, one of our residential treatment programs that help youth between the ages of 13 to 18 rebuild their lives. 18 year-old Christian, a soft-spoken youth, has plans for his life after Imani. Like so many of the youth we serve, his journey in getting to where he is today was filled with many challenges.

Feb 13, 2017
​Board of Directors President Spotlight—Stephen McCammon

Stephen McCammon is the new President of the Janus Board of Directors. He has been a Board member since 2013. He lives with his wife Mary Ann. They are spending the month of February in Yelapa, Mexico where Mary Ann will teach quilting to the women in the village so they can sell their work to visiting tourists. We appreciate the time he took to answer our questions for this interview.

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