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.