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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.


Aug 29, 2018
Rivera House Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Over a year ago, the idea of creating a new and unique residential and re-entry program for LGBTQ youth began to take root. With the help of our partners from the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and the countless hours staff dedicated to purchasing and updating a residence, the Rivera House was born. Today, the Rivera House is fully staffed and houses up to nine residents who are transitioning from the custody of OYA to independence. The goal of the program is to prepare youth leaving incarceration to become law-abiding, successful members of the community while addressing the special needs of LGBTQ youth. We spoke to the Rivera House Program Director, Deven Edgerton to share his thoughts about the program on this one-year anniversary.

Aug 02, 2018
Dinner in the Vines - SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Dinner in the Vines are sold out! The benefit event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon. Thank you to all of our supporters who purchased tickets. Our guests will enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest, four-course dinner, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz.

Jul 26, 2018
Enter Our Wine Drawing!

Stock up your wine collection while supporting Janus Youth Programs! Take this opportunity to win over 50 bottles of great wine from all over the world! This year’s wine drawing includes an incredible variety of wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, France and Spain! Enjoy amazing Pinots from Stoller, Domain Drouhin and Angela Estates, Cabernets from L’Ecole and Mount Veeder, Bordeaux from the St. Emilion region and Chianti and Barolo from Italy! We’ve even thrown in four bottles of Champagne and a few special bottles each worth the price of the ticket on their own! (A 1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet and a Quilceda Creek CVR.)

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