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Apr 16, 2014

Youth Voices – In Their Own Words

Residents of the Cordero residential program are asked to write an empathy letter as part of their treatment and rehabilitative services. One anonymous youth was willing to share his letter, providing a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the young men we serve.


Dear Victims of Abuse;

I am a trauma survivor myself. I know that times get hard when you get offended and/or abused. I felt this way many times in my life. I chose to tell the story when I should not have had to. I know that you might not want to share the abuse, but this will help you start the process of healing. It feels horrible and sad knowing that you are carrying a secret and burden that you should not have to carry. Some feelings behind this are self-blame because you, the victim, want to have a sense of knowing who to blame. In reality there is only one person to blame, which is the perpetrator. I know that it is hard to believe, but when you talk about what happened to you the road to becoming a survivor is easier. When you do not talk about what is going on with you, the effects of all the abuse will get stronger on the inside of yourself. Then your emotions come out sideways. Do not let the abuse ruin your life. Control the outcome by talking about the abuse.

Sincerely,
A Survivor



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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.

Nov 12, 2018
Share The Season Of Giving

It's not too early to start thinking about giving for the holidays. Over 600 children and youth call Janus Youth Programs home every day. You can make their season brighter. Here are a few ideas:

  • Adopt a shelter or residential program: Provide gifts ($40 or less) for 12 youth in Portland or Vancouver/Cowlitz. We will provide a holiday wish list with names and ages.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation and leave the shopping to us!
  • Organize a donation drive: Purchase new blankets, jackets, socks or winter weather gear for homeless youth in need.

Contact us by completing this form and email to januscommunications@janusyouth.org.

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