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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.


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.

Nov 26, 2018
​Employee Spotlight—Gina McConnell

Gina knows what it feels like to run away. She did it at age 12 to avoid abuse at home, but like so many youth on the street, she quickly became a target for sex trafficking. After many years “in the life,” she spent time in prison where she befriended a person who said to her when she was released, “I need you to go out there and be our voice.” This was a pivotal moment for Gina and from that point on, she was committed to helping youth who have experienced similar trauma as she did. Today she works in the Cowlitz County Youth Services Program as a case manager for sexually-exploited youth. We talked to Gina to find out how her experiences has prepared her for this role.

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