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May 30, 2018

Youth Spotlight—Kristin Sanchez

“Janus Youth changed my life in so many ways,” says 28 year-old, Kristin Sanchez. As a teen mom, in a violent relationship and trying to find stable housing, Kristin came to Insights Teen Parent Program for support.

Struggling as a young parent, Kristin embarked on a difficult journey when her then two-year old son was placed into foster care by the Department of Human Services-Child Welfare (DHS). While this was heartbreaking for her, Kristin was determined to do all that she could to get him back in her care.

She started by getting support from Insights’ Echo program which provides customized services for young parents in foster care or for those whose children are in foster care. “Whatever they would ask me to do, I would do more. Nothing was going to stop me,” says Kristin. She got involved in Insights’ Strong Moms Group focused on learning the skills she needed keep herself and her child safe and became a role model for other young moms in the group, encouraging them to meet all of DHS’ requirements.

After eight months and a lot of hard work, Kristin’s son was returned to her. “This situation helped me grow in so many ways and I was confident that the information I received from the Janus Youth programs made me who I am today.”

Kristin is the proud and devoted mother of two children, ages 8 and 11. She is married and both she and her family are living in a 3-bedroom house and are thriving. Her son is a talented artist. “He can draw anything,” says Kristin. He was recently accepted into a charter school, where he’ll begin middle school in the fall. Kristin works at JOIN—a homeless street outreach and housing placement organization—as their Dayspace Worker helping those experiencing homelessness. She is in her junior year at Portland State University working towards a degree in psychology. Somewhere in her future, Kristin hopes to have a career in the medical field as an ultrasound technician. 

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Jan 15, 2019
An Easy Way to Give

You can donate to us every time you use shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon. If you link your Fred Meyer Rewards card or Amazon account on Amazon Smile to Janus Youth, we will get a percentage of the price of eligible purchases. It is that simple! Click these links to enroll in Fred Meyer and AmazonSmile community rewards programs and start giving to Janus Youth Programs!

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.

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