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Apr 26, 2018

​Employee Spotlight—Forest Headley

Every day Forest Headley, the Lead Intake Specialist at our Street Light, Porch Light Homeless Shelter, meets and screens new youth that come to the shelter. Based on the information youth provide, he then directs them to services at the other agencies that are part of the Homeless Youth Continuum (HYC), including Janus, Outside In, Native American Youth and Family Services and New Avenues for Youth. Each year there are approximately 1,000 homeless youth active in HYC programs. Capturing this data is important for HYC not only to get youth the appropriate service they need, but also to provide the basis for future funding of HYC programs.

Forest has been a dedicated employee of the HYC, working at Outside In for five years and at the Janus shelters for three years prior to his current position as Lead Intake Specialist for the past three years. Forest was recently recognized in Multnomah County’s newsletter “Talking Point” for his work in providing the county with homeless youth data. “This month we'd like to recognize Forest Headley at Janus Youth Programs. Forest is one of the lead screeners at Janus, responsible for collecting and entering answers to over 50 questions for each new client to the Continuum. Historically this data has been difficult to collect, but Forest has streamlined the process to the point that all of their entry data is 100% complete Amazing job Forest!”

Forest understands the importance of entering accurate data and the impact this data has for future funding. According to Forest, “I view my data entry as a very personal reflection of my work ethic—the better the data, the better I'm doing at my job. Additionally, I like to keep in mind the important role data plays in keeping non-profits funded."

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