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Nov 20, 2014

City Commissioner Nick Fish Honored with David G. Fitzpatrick Spirit Award at Janus Annual Dinner

Left to right: Michael Buonocore, Home Forward Executive Director and Janus Board Vice President; Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner; Steve Rudman, Retired Home Forward Executive Director

Every year at the Janus Annual Dinner we take an evening off to recognize our dedicated staff and those in the community who are making a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families we work with every day. 

Dennis Morrow, Janus Youth Programs’ Executive Director, recognized more than 20 staff members reaching a length of service milestone including Debbie Mead, Payroll Manager, who has worked for Janus for 30 years.

“For three decades Debbie has filled our lives with joy and always made sure that everyone got paid. Not because it’s her job, but because of the level of caring and commitment she has for each staff and her deep understanding of the profound impact they are having on the youth we serve,” said Morrow. 

In addition to Mead’s 30 years of service, nine staff were recognized for five years of service, six for 10 years, four for 15 years and one for 20 years adding up to 215 years of service working on behalf of children, youth and families in Oregon and Washington.

Janus’ Board of Directors also honored Linda Murphy, Human Resources Director, with the Helen Reser Bakkensen Award presented by Helen’s son John Bakkensen. Named after Helen Reser Bakkensen who lead the charge in the mid-1980s to ensure Portland’s homeless youth would have a safe place to sleep and help to get off the streets, the award is inscribed with “Take Care of My Children.” With Linda set to retire next year, this award could not have come at a better time to recognize her contributions over the past 23 years taking care of the staff that take care of the children, youth and families Janus serves.

Left: Dennis Morrow recognizes Debbie Mead for 30 years of service. Right: Linda Murphy receives the Helen Reser Bakkensen Award.

Stars for Kids Awards for 2014 were presented to Eileen Priebe, a substitute teacher for the Evergreen School District who has become an invaluable asset to our Oak Bridge Youth Shelter while working on-site to tailor educational experiences for youth in the program, and Catalyst Partnerships NW for bringing together 100 volunteers who donated 530 hours of labor for several construction projects at our Cordero program.

The Suburban Southwest RE/MAX Equity Group branch office received The John P. Zuercher Champions for Children Award. For more than 15 years, they have shared the holidays with youth in our Imani program, making sure they each have a gift to open for Christmas.

The David G. Fitzpatrick Spirit Award, which honors the memory of long-time Janus board member Dave Fitzpatrick, was presented to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish by Janus Board Vice President, Michael Buonocore, Executive Director of Home Forward, and Dave Fitzpatrick’s wife, Maryalice Russell, Superintendent of the McMinnville School District. Nick was recognized for his enthusiastic support of Village Gardens and for his years of service as a member of the Portland City Council where his passion for civic engagement can be seen in everything he does on behalf of Portland and its citizens.

Left to right: Michael Buonocore, Home Forward Executive Director and Janus Board Vice President; Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner; Maryalice Russell, Superintendent of the McMinnville School District

Before the evening concluded, Janus board member Karen Schartman deviated from the program to recognize a special attendee, just-retired Executive Director of Home Forward, Steve Rudman. In addition to shaping Home Forward as one of the best housing authorities in the country, Steve has been committed to creating more affordable housing in Portland for over 30 years.

“Steve has been a partner, innovator, leader and generous supporter of Janus’ Village Gardens program. In 2011, Janus’ Board had the privilege of recognizing Steve with its Champions for Children Award, but with Steve here tonight, we just couldn’t let this evening happen without saying thank you for all he has done,” said Schartman. 


Aug 29, 2018
Rivera House Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Over a year ago, the idea of creating a new and unique residential and re-entry program for LGBTQ youth began to take root. With the help of our partners from the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and the countless hours staff dedicated to purchasing and updating a residence, the Rivera House was born. Today, the Rivera House is fully staffed and houses up to nine residents who are transitioning from the custody of OYA to independence. The goal of the program is to prepare youth leaving incarceration to become law-abiding, successful members of the community while addressing the special needs of LGBTQ youth. We spoke to the Rivera House Program Director, Deven Edgerton to share his thoughts about the program on this one-year anniversary.

Aug 02, 2018
Dinner in the Vines - SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Dinner in the Vines are sold out! The benefit event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon. Thank you to all of our supporters who purchased tickets. Our guests will enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest, four-course dinner, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz.

Jul 26, 2018
Enter Our Wine Drawing!

Stock up your wine collection while supporting Janus Youth Programs! Take this opportunity to win over 50 bottles of great wine from all over the world! This year’s wine drawing includes an incredible variety of wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, France and Spain! Enjoy amazing Pinots from Stoller, Domain Drouhin and Angela Estates, Cabernets from L’Ecole and Mount Veeder, Bordeaux from the St. Emilion region and Chianti and Barolo from Italy! We’ve even thrown in four bottles of Champagne and a few special bottles each worth the price of the ticket on their own! (A 1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet and a Quilceda Creek CVR.)

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