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Dec 03, 2014

Downtown Clean & Safe District Donates $30,000 to Yellow Brick Road

The Downtown Clean & Safe board of directors has provided $30,000 to Yellow Brick Road, our homeless youth street outreach program, for critical cold weather supplies and our professional outreach workers who walk the streets of downtown Portland every night bringing information, referrals and crisis intervention directly to youth experiencing homelessness.

Clean & Safe Board members learned about a lapse in the program’s federal funding at a Portland City Council work session and that same day, the idea to provide one-time funding to bridge the gap was proposed and unanimously approved.

“Janus has been highly effective in offering critical first steps for kids to get back on track,” said Ty Barker, general manager of Unico Properties and chair of the Downtown Clean & Safe board of directors. “This past summer, the Janus staff developed a strong partnership with the Portland Police Bureau walking beat officers, enhancing our ability to work with these youth, develop trust and ultimately get them off the streets and into safer environments.”

Downtown’s Clean & Safe District was created more than 20 years ago to support additional cleaning and security in the central city. The district, funded by downtown property owners, includes 213 blocks in the central city, and also supports market research and retail recruitment and retention efforts. The district is managed by the Portland Business Alliance under the direction of the district’s board of directors. We thank them for their generous support! 


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Nov 16, 2017
Visit The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall & Look for Janus Youth With the Red Dot on Gift Tag

The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall is a great way to make sure each of our youth has a gift to open on Christmas morning. Just pick an ornament from the tree located in the Nordstrom wing, near Williams-Sonoma and purchase the item listed on the tag. Return the unwrapped gifts to the Sharing Tree by December 20th so the gifts can be delivered by Christmas. These gifts are distributed to Janus and eight other charities throughout the Portland metro area. Each year, more than 4,500 gifts are given to those in need through the Washington Square Sharing Tree.

Oct 31, 2017
Share the Season of Giving

You can make the holidays bright for Janus children, youth and families. Every gift or donation makes a difference. Click here to complete your donation choice.

Oct 04, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Sina Youssefzadeh

Sina is a passionate advocate for marginalized youth and social justice. Five years ago when he moved to Portland and was involved in grassroots social justice work, he learned about Janus’ work in the community and applied for a Crisis Intake Specialist position at Harry’s Mother, our Runaway Youth Services program. Since then, Sina has continued to help develop a trauma informed approach to the work done within his cohort, build relationships with youth and families and offer referrals to other partnering agencies. We talked to Sina to find out more about what he does in his current position.

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