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May 16, 2016

Harry’s Mother—A Safe Place for Youth Having Trouble at Home

There are many reasons teenagers find their way to Harry’s Mother, our Runaway Youth Service. They may be having trouble at home and school, or their family may be experiencing homelessness. They may have been brought in by the police for theft, drug possession or breaking curfew. In all cases, there is one thing they have in common: they all get support and linkages to services that best fit their situations. The goal of Harry’s Mother is to keep families together whenever possible. According to the Runaway Services Program Director, Mel Jett, “Parents are struggling too.”

Harry’s Mother has been serving runaway youth since 1972. Youth may be referred there by a school counselor, SUN Community School, word of mouth, or from calling the crisis line. Once youth have gone through the in-take process, staff make recommendations on the next steps. In some cases, youth are referred to the Garfield House—a short term emergency residential shelter facility. 

All Portland police officers have Harry’s Mother’s phone number on their business cards and on their police monitors because Harry’s Mother is an alternative to detention. When youth have been picked up on misdemeanor offenses, an officer will bring them into the Juvenile Reception Center—part of the Juvenile Detention Reform—where staff meet with youth and families to discuss ways to prevent incarceration. Staff provide resources for drug/alcohol use, school enrollment, pregnancy prevention and mental health. If you, or someone you know needs a safe place to stay, helpful information or referral resources, call the 24-Hour Youth and Family Help Line: 503-233-8111. 

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Jan 29, 2019
Employee Spotlight - Krista Wilson

Krista Wilson has been a dedicated Youth Care Specialist at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter in Washington for three and a half years. Oak Bridge Youth Shelter provides 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter with services accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth ages 9-17. When discussing what motivates her Krista says “making kids laugh. Even in times of heartache, you can always get a better perspective on life when you laugh.”

Jan 22, 2019
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Robin Miller, a Case Manager in our Washington Program, was 21 years old when she was sexually exploited. “In 1993, I was trafficked from a club in Portland up and down the West Coast and in six states.” It took me six years to finally get the courage to leave my trafficker in 1999, but healing from the abuse took more than a decade more, in part, because there was no coordinated system of care available to support survivors,” she said. Robin gave this testimony before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year. Once again, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation on January 17, 2019 recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Multnomah County.

Jan 15, 2019
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