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Sep 20, 2014

Fourth Annual Dinner In The Vines Largest Ever

Janus hosted a sold-out crowd for the fourth annual Dinner In The Vines, raising more than $41,000 for the children, youth and families Janus serves every year. More than 150 guests gathered at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon for our largest fundraiser of the year.

As the sun set over the vineyards, guests savored an outstanding four-course dinner by Portland Chef Jenn Louis featuring local, organic ingredients from our own Food Works Farm. Each course was paired with an ArborBrook wine and enjoyed with live jazz. Dave and Mary Hansen, owners of ArborBrook Vineyards, pledged to donate 20% of evening wine sales to Janus.

This special event has grown steadily since its inception four years ago but 2014 brought the first ever sold-out crowd. Our guests were again treated to some of the best food and wine the Northwest has to offer while generously supporting the youth and programs of Janus.

Left:Chef Jenn Louis and Janus Board President Kevin Huish. Right: Shelly McFarland (center) and guests from RBC Wealth Management.

To see more photos from the evening, check out the Janus Facebook album

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of ArborBrook Vineyards, Chef Jenn Louis, our corporate sponsors and all 150 attendees! Thank you for your contributions to this wonderful evening. 



Dec 12, 2018
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. 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. 

Nov 28, 2018
Ending Youth Homelessness

Every night, our downtown Portland shelters are home to youth ages 16-24 who have no other place to go. Youth often line up outside the door at 8:30 pm, hoping to get a bed and a meal for the night. Not everyone gets in. With a limit of 60 beds, the shelter can only accommodate 60 youth each night. During the winter months, there are an additional 10 beds. This year alone, the shelters housed and fed over 500 youth. While our shelters are running at full capacity and our street outreach workers are out every night providing warm clothing and crisis-intervention services, there are some positive shifts affecting the numbers and demographics of homeless youth in Multnomah County.

Nov 26, 2018
​Employee Spotlight—Gina McConnell

Gina knows what it feels like to run away. She did it at age 12 to avoid abuse at home, but like so many youth on the street, she quickly became a target for sex trafficking. After many years “in the life,” she spent time in prison where she befriended a person who said to her when she was released, “I need you to go out there and be our voice.” This was a pivotal moment for Gina and from that point on, she was committed to helping youth who have experienced similar trauma as she did. Today she works in the Cowlitz County Youth Services Program as a case manager for sexually-exploited youth. We talked to Gina to find out how her experiences has prepared her for this role.

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