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Nov 15, 2013

Janus Hosts 41st Annual Dinner

Janus Youth Programs hosted its 41st Annual Dinner last week to celebrate the outstanding contributions and dedication of Janus Youth Programs staff and community supporters.

Dennis Morrow, Janus Youth Programs’ Executive Director, recognized 13 staff members reaching a length of service milestone. Morrow shared personal anecdotes and tributes from each staff’s supervisor and team members. The Employees receiving awards:  

5 Years of Service
Bryan Borgeson, Oak Grove Youth Shelter
John Cairns, Porch Light Youth Shelter
Kelsey Ludwig, Cordero 
Patrick Manning, Oak Bridge Youth Shelter
Jeremy Schwenker, Buckman
Ryan Sotomayor, Street Light and Porch Light Youth Shelters
Jameesha Washington, Garfield House
Regina ‘Firemaker’ Zimmerman, Bridge House

10 Years of Service
Melissa Allen, Administration  
Jeannie Fenwick, Oak Grove Youth Shelter
Leslie Jones, Harry’s Mother 

25 Years of Service
Catherine Agrimson, Insights Teen Parent Services 

35 Years of Service
Mike Maurer, Administration  

Mike Maurer, Safety & Facilities Director, received a special ‘golden’ safety helmet to commemorate his astonishing 35 years of dedication to Janus. “Mike is an invaluable asset, kind and approachable, the unsung hero of the agency…but most of all he is and remains human and humble. We are all truly unbelievable fortunate to have Mike in our agency and in our lives,” Morrow said. 

Janus’ Residential Programs Annex I & II received the Helen Reser Bakkensen Award and Plymouth Presbyterian Church and Rick Jensen, with Multnomah County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, both received John P. Zuercher Champions for Children Awards. 

Stella Butler received this year’s Stars for Kids Award, in recognition of over 10 years of volunteer service with Yellow Brick Road Street Outreach. 

The David G. Fitzpatrick Spirit Award was presented to Ron Weeden for his efforts in organizing an annual golf tournament in memory of Portland Trail Blazer, Herm Gilliam, that has raised over $50,000 for the children, youth and families Janus serves.  

To see more photos from the event, visit the Janus Facebook page.


Nov 16, 2017
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. Return the unwrapped gifts to the Sharing Tree by December 20th so the gifts can be delivered by Christmas. 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.

Oct 31, 2017
Share the Season of Giving

You can make the holidays bright for Janus children, youth and families. Every gift or donation makes a difference. Click here to complete your donation choice.

Oct 04, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Sina Youssefzadeh

Sina is a passionate advocate for marginalized youth and social justice. Five years ago when he moved to Portland and was involved in grassroots social justice work, he learned about Janus’ work in the community and applied for a Crisis Intake Specialist position at Harry’s Mother, our Runaway Youth Services program. Since then, Sina has continued to help develop a trauma informed approach to the work done within his cohort, build relationships with youth and families and offer referrals to other partnering agencies. We talked to Sina to find out more about what he does in his current position.

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