Sunday, March 09, 2014

THANKS TO YBR VOLUNTEER ALLEN BUTLER!


We'd like to give a very special shout-out to longtime Yellow Brick Road volunteer Allen Butler today. Allen began volunteering with YBR in June, 2006 with his wife Stella who has been a volunteer with Janus herself for more than a decade! This coming June will mark Allen's 8th year with YBR...but that's not all. Allen is a software designer by profession and he has worked closely with the program to develop our newly revised street outreach database. It's not the first time Allen has contributed his technological support to the program. Back in 2006 Allen launched our first computerized data tracking system. This new database not only helps the program make the leap into the modern age with a confidential web-supported system, but it also allows us to go paperless as we support a more "green" approach to important data reporting. On behalf of everyone at Janus Youth Programs, THANK YOU Allen! It is dedicated folks like you who make YBR the acclaimed program that we are proud to be.   

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

KIWANIS CLUB of PORTLAND SUPPORTS JANUS YOUTH!


We wish to send a warm thank you to Kiwanis Club of Portland for their ongoing support of Yellow Brick Road, especially Gilda Powell, our very own "Patron Saint of Socks", and Connie Shipley (pictured above in colorful hat for charity). Every month Gilda delivers brand new socks to Janus Youth Programs on behalf of Kiwanis which are distributed every night to youth experiencing homelessness right here in downtown Portland. Thank you for supporting our mission to improve the lives of young people...one pair of socks at a time! 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER DECLARED FOR MARCH 1, 2014

Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts significant winter conditions on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. Forecasted conditions for Saturday night will be very cold with temperatures down to 22 degrees with wind chill. 

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7. Additionally, shelter information is available at www.211info.org.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Full Moon, Bridge Lights & Sock Monkeys

The Friday YBR team finds love in downtown Portland on Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

NO SEVERE WEATHER FOR MONDAY 2/10

Please be advised that the Severe Weather Alert has been called off effective today Monday February 10th, 2014. That means the emergency warming shelters will be CLOSED tonight. It's still cold and very wet out there so bundle up and take shelter at the regular winter shelters. Call 211 if you aren't sure where to go tonight.

Yellow Brick Road is proud to state that we had street teams out during the worst of the storm this weekend and wish to recognize the outstanding dedication of our volunteers Bill Moore (who came in TWICE for outreach during the snow!), StellaAllen Butler, Michaela Voorhees and our Outreach Specialists Heather Penzel and Neal Sand. Thank you for braving the cold to keep our most vulnerable citizens safe!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

SNOW-POCALYPSE 2014!

Severe Weather Alert

Well now...THAT'S a genuine winter storm the likes of which we don't frequently see in Portland. GET INSIDE, FOLKS! The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 10:00 AM today, through 4:00 PM on Friday, February 7. Forecasted temperatures and windchills remain severe for Thursday and Friday nights, with lows in the low twenties and high teens, and windchills into the single digits. Additionally, forecasts now call for significant snow accumulation Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, with three-to-seven inches of snow accumulation possible this afternoon into tonight alone.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7. Additionally, shelter information is available at www.211info.org. In addition to existing year-round facilities, the following warming center facilities are available:

Family Winter Shelter
12505 NE Halsey Street, Portland Oregon (on Halsey near 126th  Avenue)
This is a walk-in facility. It is not necessary to call beforehand. No one will be turned away.
Dates:
Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Families with children under 18 and pregnant women

Women’s Winter Shelter
Check availability at Bud Clark Commons, 650 NW Irving,
Walk in Mon-Fri 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sat/Sun 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
or call 503-280-4700
Dates:
Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Single women

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, (near 13th  Avenue in Inner SE)
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts, accessible location
Dates:
Evenings of Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8
Hours: 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths
Transportation: Bus #12, 19 and 20

Staging area at Union Gospel Mission for free transportation to this shelter beginning at 9pm

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility.
Dates:
Evenings of Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8
Hours: 9:30 PM - 6:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
330 SE 11th Avenue, 503-232-5880
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9
Hours: 24/7, Overnight when Imago Dei is full
Serves: Adults

Anawim Shelter Network
Sanctuary Church
19626 NE Glisan Street, Gresham
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed if dogs on leashes and cats in cages.
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 from 8pm-8am; Friday, February 7 from 1pm-8am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

Red Sea Community Church
7535 N Chicago Avenue, Portland
Dates:
Thursday, February 6
Hours: 8pm-8am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

The following expanded day center service is available during the Severe Weather Notice:

Dignity Village
9401 NE Sunderland Avenue, 503-281-1604
Hot showers available.
Dates:
Seven days a week during winter season
Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Serves: Adults 18 and older

JOIN
1435 NE 81st Avenue
This is a walk-in facility.
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Serves: Families, single adults and youths

Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Avenue, 503-231-3899
Provides warming space in cafe, no purchase necessary
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8
Hours: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Serves: All

Rose Haven
627 NW 18th Avenue, 503-248-6364
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Friday, February 7
Extended Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Serves: Women and children

Saint André Bessette Catholic Church (Downtown Chapel)
601 W Burnside Street, 503-228-0746
Provides hot beverages, some snacks and movies
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Friday, February 7
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Serves: Adults

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
330 SE 11th Avenue, 503-232-5880
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9
Hours: 24/7
Serves: Anyone experiencing homelessness

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility. Meal will be served.
Dates:
Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8
Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Please call 211info with questions regarding other shelter and transportation resources.

Winter service coordination, provided by 211info, is made possible by a grant from the Portland Housing Bureau. In partnership with other City departments, Multnomah County and community partners, the Portland Housing Bureau coordinates winter and severe weather shelter and day services for homeless individuals in our community.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2014

Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts significant winter conditions from Wednesday, February 5th through Sunday morning, February 9th, 2014. Forecasted conditions for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night will be very cold with temperatures in the lower-twenties and teens and wind chills dipping into the single digits. overnight lows between 12° and 24° F through Saturday. Snow showers are possible with accumulation possible for Friday night into Saturday. Temperatures are forecasted to moderate through Saturday night into Sunday morning, but forecasted windchills remain in the lower twenties with transitional periods of freezing rain possible that night.