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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.

How do you start your day?

Every morning, after all the youth have left, I wash all the bedding, filling up six washer and dryers in the shelter. In between washing, I answer emails and then go into the kitchen to start meal planning. I try to reserve one or two days a week to cook meals that will last for a few days including the days I am not working. I also need to prepare meals that aren’t too complicated so I can produce enough food quickly using ingredients I have on hand. In the past, we received food donations from churches and community organizations, but that has diminished since Health Department regulations now require that donated meals be prepared in a licensed, commercial kitchen, not at home.

What are some favorite meals?

Although many of the youth like fried foods, I am limited to what I can cook, because we can’t fry, sauté or grill for safety reasons. So I make dishes like lasagna, taco casserole, vegetables and rice, which are always popular. We also have to offer vegetarian options too for the growing number of youth who don’t eat meat.

Where do you get food for the shelter?

I shop at United Grocers and Costco to get large quantities of food for our pantry and freezers. But we also get donations from bakeries, smaller grocery stores and Stumptown coffee. Occasionally I will drive to a donor to pick up a commercially-prepared meal like pizza or sandwiches. Sometimes we get donations from caterers who have extra food from an event.

What do you like most about your job?

There is always something different going on in the shelter with new youth passing through every day. It’s a dynamic environment. I have learned to be creative in dealing with the youth that come here, helping them as best I can.

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Jul 24, 2017
Enter Our Wine Drawing!

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.

Wines of the World
A collection of wines from around the world.

Wines of the Pacific Northwest
This collection features outstanding wines, including pinots from across the region.

All wines have been stored in a temperature-controlled cellar. You can't get your hands on these wines unless you win this drawing.

There is no need to be present to win. There are only 100 tickets per wine lot. Drawing is August 21st. Tickets are $100.00 each per wine lot.

You can purchase tickets through PayPal or by contacting Rosalie Karp at 503-542-4605, rkarp@janusyouth.org.

Jul 24, 2017
Dinner in the Vines

Tickets are going fast! Join us for a Spanish influenced, four-course dinner from Crown Paella, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz as you sit amongst the vines and celebrate the end of summer.Saturday, August 26, 2017, 4 pm - 8 pm, ArborBrook Vineyards. For information contact Rosalie Karp at: 503-542-4605 or email at: rkarp@janusyouth.org.

Jul 19, 2017
Play Golf and Support Janus Youth!

The Herm Gilliam Memorial Golf Tournament for Kids takes place on August 21st. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of golf, contests, awards, lunch and dinner at the Riverside Golf & Country Club. Register today!. More than a great afternoon of golf, the Herm Gilliam Memorial Golf Tournament for Kids is about changing lives and building futures for 6,000 youth each year.

A member of the Trail Blazers 1976-77 NBA Championship Team, Herm served on Janus' Board of Directors and chaired our Scholarship Fund. With his passing, the community lost a true friend and one of its greatest treasures. 

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