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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 15, 2019
An Easy Way to Give

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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.

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