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Aug 11, 2015

Free Street Outreach Training August 16

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time: 2 pm - 5 pm

Location: Downtown Portland

Cost: Free

Yellow Brick Road is hosting a free training event on Sunday, August 16, open to anyone in the community over age 18. The event will run from 2 to 5 pm with a light lunch provided.

Meet our Outreach Specialist trainers Neal Sand and Bettina Souders who will provide an introduction to the concepts of Trauma Informed Care and Vicarious Trauma. We will discuss:

  • How do we put Trauma Informed Care into practice? 
  • How is past trauma reactivated or triggered? 
  • How can you recognize when someone is being triggered? 
  • What is Vicarious Trauma? 
  • What are the common misconceptions we tell ourselves to convince us we are okay? 
  • How can we implement sustainable self-care practices in our lives? 

We hope you will join us for this great opportunity to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice.

Seating is limited, please RSVP to dlundberg@janusyouth.org to reserve your spot and get the address.

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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.

Nov 12, 2018
Share The Season Of Giving

It's not too early to start thinking about giving for the holidays. Over 600 children and youth call Janus Youth Programs home every day. You can make their season brighter. Here are a few ideas:

  • Adopt a shelter or residential program: Provide gifts ($40 or less) for 12 youth in Portland or Vancouver/Cowlitz. We will provide a holiday wish list with names and ages.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation and leave the shopping to us!
  • Organize a donation drive: Purchase new blankets, jackets, socks or winter weather gear for homeless youth in need.

Contact us by completing this form and email to januscommunications@janusyouth.org.

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