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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.


Jan 18, 2018
Employee Spotlight—Washington Outreach Specialists

Every day our Outreach Specialists in Washington are busy serving homeless youth who have no one else to turn to. The team of three staff—Keeva Haverkost, Jessica Villasenor, and Jean Withers—work like a well-oiled machine, supporting each other so they can provide high quality service to youth. All of them are passionate about their work. Bettina Boles, Program Supervisor of The Perch and Yellow Brick Road Washington, says of her team, “Each person brings their unique contribution and special reason to work as an Outreach Specialist.” According to Bettina, the team has multifaceted roles— hosting The Perch—our drop-in center for youth—conducting street outreach for Yellow Brick Road, Washington and leading educational presentations that help the community better understand human trafficking and its impact in Clark County.

Jan 09, 2018
Youth Spotlight—Noah Schultz and his” Inspiring Action Tour”

Noah Schultz is a 25-year old graduate of the Hope Partnership program who served 7.5 years in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA). While at the MacLaren Correctional Facility, Noah received two Bachelor of Arts degrees. Since his release in October 2016, he has become an outspoken youth advocate, with a passion to drive reform in our justice system, inspiring hope, action and humanizing the stories of the incarcerated. In November 2017, Noah completed a two-month “Inspiring Action Tour” at ten correctional facilities throughout the U.S. where he showed the award-winning documentary film about him, “Perception from Prison to Purpose.” He is co-owner of Forgotten Culture Clothing and co-founder of Verbal Escape. Noah spoke to us about his tour.

Dec 18, 2017
Sixth Grader Organizes Sock Drive For Janus Youth

Eleven-year old Quentin Brown organized a winter sock drive at his school, Cascade Heights Public Charter School, collecting 582 pairs of socks for our youth. This is his second year organizing the sock drive.

 Last year, Janus awarded Quentin the “Stars for Kids Award” for his contributions to our youth. Each year on his birthday, Quentin asks family members to give him gifts that he can donate to Portland’s homeless youth. Rather than getting toys and games, Quentin gets socks, water bottles, hats and scarfs that he packs up in a bin and brings down to the Janus administrative office. Last year, he even brought a little piggy bank with all of his savings and gave it to Janus. He has been doing this for seven years now. By thinking of the needs of others, he sets an example for his peers, family and community, showing the impact kids have on helping other kids. Quentin demonstrates that acts of kindness can be cultivated at a young age. 

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