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Aug 24, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight - Gilda Powell

About once a month for the past 25 years, a familiar face has walked through our doors carrying bags of socks and sundries for homeless youth.

Gilda Powell first began collecting donations as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Portland (KCOP) and advisor for the Key Club at Grant High School, the Kiwanis sponsored service program for high school youth. Powell met Helen Bakkensen when Bakkensen opened a homeless youth shelter on Oak Street just a few blocks from where the KCOP meets every week. It became a perfect match for the Key Clubbers to help the homeless youth of Portland by collecting blankets, pillows, clothes, books, magazines and games that would suit other young teens.

Over the years Bakkensen’s youth shelter became a part of Janus Youth Programs – our Street Light and Porch Light shelters now named in her honor. When the shelter’s partnership with Key Club ended, the KCOP members continued to provide socks and hygiene products collected from their travels.

“It’s been my honor to chair and continue this project over the years. Once a month I collect donations from our very generous membership and use my discounts and coupons to help increase our purchase power,” explains Powell.

“KCOP and I have long been aware of the loving care your organization provides to the homeless youth of Portland. We encourage everyone to support Janus in every way possible. A sincere thanks to all the wonderful other donors, volunteers and marvelous staff members,” she said.

Thank you Ms. Powell for changing lives and building futures!



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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