Wednesday, August 05, 2015

FREE YBR TRAINING SUNDAY AUGUST 16, 2015

Yellow Brick Road provides free training events to the community every 4 months. These events are FREE and available to anyone over 18 who may wish to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities with Janus Youth Programs and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice. This is a great opportunity to meet the current outreach volunteers, staff and program supervisor. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about homeless youth resources and street outreach in Washington and Oregon. Applications are always on hand for anyone who wishes to join the team, but there is absolutely no obligation.

Our next training will take place in downtown Portland on Sunday August 16, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm. Meet our Outreach Specialist trainers Neal Sand and Bettina Souders, who will provide an introduction to the concepts of Trauma Informed Care and Vicarious Trauma. How do we put Trauma Informed Care into practice? How is past trauma reactivated or triggered? How can you recognize when someone is being triggered? What is Vicarious Trauma? What are the common misconceptions we tell ourselves to convince us we are OK? How can we implement sustainable self-care practices in our lives? All of this and more will be covered with fun break-out activities and team building exercises. We hope you will join us! Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us. Seating is limited, please RSVP at the address below.

SUNDAY
August 16, 2015
2pm-5pm

Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. for the location: 
 dlundberg@janusyouth.org






Thursday, July 02, 2015

Who Helps the Helpers?: One Outreach Worker's Perspectic on the Healing Power of Compassion


12 years ago I entered a building on the corner of 9th and Oak in PDX. There was a sign hanging that read "The Streets Are Not The End Of The Road." I had no idea at the time how true that was for me. For me, the streets were just the beginning. 


When I was 18 I felt lost, alone, and confused. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew every one's business, had just graduated high school, and my best friend had moved out of state for her recruitment into the Navy. Due to some adolescent trauma I spent most of my high school years evading thinking about the future by spending all my time with my BFF...being not at home. I didn't want to go to college, but I signed up because it's what  everyone else was doing and I didn't want to embarrass my family by admitting I had never thought about it before, so when my mom pressured me I consented to admit to a local community college. 

My mother had recognized my inability to comprehend the gravity of change that was happening and encouraged me to sign up for a Bridges class. A class meant to help students who couldn't hack it in college otherwise, teaching them to process change and prepare for the future. I was embarrassed at the thought of it until I left my placement tests crying because I placed in all high school level classes, and I didn't even want to be there. I wanted my old life of escapism, but my best friend (mode of escapism) moved away and my mom wouldn't give up on me. She forced me to get a job, enroll in school, and take the class for people who struggled with change, convincing me with the "6 free credits" slogan. 

There were only 6 of us in the class. We spent our time taking personality tests and job surveys to find where we might best fit. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. The only thing I knew was that I was miserable, wanted to disappear, didn't know how to vocalize my pain, and didn’t trust anyone or myself or my future. I was certain I would spend my life in a hidden misery so I spent most of my class hours imagining myself disappearing and secretly hoping it would happen. Then my pointless life and internal suffering would end, without me having to find the courage to ask for help, something I found horribly embarrassing. Then one day we were given an assignment to complete a group project, a service project, both of which sounded horrible. 

There was this annoying, loud mouthed (not really, I just wanted to do nothing and he was spoiling my plans) student in the class who insisted we help the homeless in some way. His church had done it before and he thought it would be easy. I'm assuming the other 4 students felt like I did, didn't care, just wanted to get it over with, because no one agreed or disagreed, and the student started making plans. I admitted within myself I found the idea intriguing. I had never personally met a homeless person before, but as a kid I had always wondered why no one ever acknowledged their existence. I saw people walk right by them all the time downtown, clearly able to see they were in need, but pretended like they couldn't see them or their problems didn't exist or something. Much how I felt others were pretending to not see me, and I them. 

It was only one night. My class went to what was The Greenhouse Day in CafĂ© and Shelter (now extinct) and did some sort of group or game that I don't even remember. All I remember is feeling like I finally fit in someplace. Like that elf guy in Rudolf when he finds the island of misfit toys. The youth didn't know how I felt. They didn't know that their willingness to share how afraid they felt every night and how invisible and alone they felt, even in a crowd, penetrated my soul and made me see I wasn't alone. 

The ONLY thing I did that night was ask one kid how his day was, and ignorantly and bluntly told him I thought he was lying when he told me he was "good." I knew full well how to tell that lie, and recognized the attempt to believe it. But then something strange happened that had never happened before. He said I was right, and thanked me for my sincerity and for paying attention when I didn't have to. And then we had normal conversation until it was time for me to go. 

I left wishing I was brave enough to runway. Not from my family, but from the hurt I was comfortable in. The idea of not knowing loneliness scared me more than being miserable because it was a pain I knew. I wanted to run away. But I couldn't. I wanted to admit I needed someone to ask me how I was doing and genuinely want to know. I wanted to let my guard down, just for a second. 

I asked if I could come back and volunteer. 

All I did was serve food like hummus, which at the time I swore I'd never eat because it looked like orphanage food. (I don't understand my prejudice there...) I served food and played card games with the youth that went there. And every day I watched youth come to the drop-in center, surrender their weapons, and enter, admitting they were hungry for food and love from anyone willing to give it.

I thought to myself: "If they can do it, so can I." And then I did. Because they did. 

That was just the beginning. 

Everyone thinks I helped them, but really they helped me. They still do. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

FREE YBR TRAINING...THIS SUNDAY!

Yellow Brick Road provides free training events to the community every 4 months. These events are FREE and available to anyone over 18 who may wish to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities with Janus Youth Programs and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice. This is a great opportunity to meet the current outreach volunteers, staff and program supervisor. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about homeless youth resources and street outreach in Washington and Oregon. Applications are always on hand for anyone who wishes to join the team, but there is absolutely no obligation.

Our next training will take place in downtown Portland THIS SUNDAY May 17, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm. This month we welcome you to join us as we prepare for the busy season of summer travelers and what that means for outreach sfaety. We will also be introducing Sergeant Quackenbush of the Portland Police Department foot patrol, who  will be discussing their reinvigorated attention to downtown sidewalks, livability issues and engagement strategies for working comapssionately with homeless folks and summer travelers. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us. Seating is limited, please RSVP at the address below.

SUNDAY
May 17, 2015
2pm-5pm

Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. for the location: 
 dlundberg@janusyouth.org





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Complete Health Dentistry of Portland supports Janus Youth kids!


We had a surprise visit from the Complete Health Dentistry of Portland team last week! They gathered an array of cold weather clothing and oral hygiene supplies for our shelters and street outreach program. Thank you for supporting Janus Youth's mission to improve the quality of life for young people experiencing homelessness! We think this is just the beginning of a great partnership.

Monday, January 05, 2015

FREE YBR TRAINING EVENT: STREET COUNT 2015

Our next Yellow Brick Road training will take place in downtown Portland on Sunday January 18, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm. It's time for Multnomah County's 2015 STREET COUNT and this month we welcome you to join us to learn about the count and how YOU can get involved in this important survey. Light lunch and coffee will be provided. Seating is limited, so please RSVP at the e-mail contact below. We hope you will join us!

Yellow Brick Road provides free training events to the community on a quarterly basis. These events are FREE and available to anyone over 18 who may wish to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities with Janus Youth Programs and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice. This is a great opportunity to meet the current outreach volunteers, staff and program supervisor and learn more about homeless youth resources and street outreach. Applications are always on hand for anyone who wishes to join the team, but there is absolutely no obligation.

SUNDAY
January 18, 2014
2pm-5pm

Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. for the location: 
 dlundberg@janusyouth.org


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE & JANUARY 1, 2015


Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts overnight lows between 13 degrees and 21 degrees with wind chill through Thursday, January 1, 2015.


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. The following warming center facilities are available:

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, Portland (near 13th Avenue in SE)
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts, accessible location
Dates: Evenings of Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 9pm - 7am
Serves: Adults

St. Francis Dining Hall
330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
Dates: Evenings of Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 8:45am - 10pm
Serves: Adults

Union Gospel Mission
3 NW Third Avenue, Portland
This is a walk-in facility.
Dates: Evenings of Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 9:30pm - 6am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

Anawim - St. John's Covenant Church
6265 N Columbia Way, Portland 
Dates:  Evenings of Wednesday, December 31st through Sunday, January 4th
Hours: 8pm - 8am
Serves: Single Adults and limited space for Families

Anawim - Sanctuary Church
19626 NE Glisan Street, Gresham
Dates: Evening of Wednesday, December 31st
Hours: 1pm - 8am
Serves: Single Adults, pets allowed

Family Winter Shelter
16141 E Burnside Street, Portland (near 162nd  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: 7pm - 7am
Serves: Families with children under 18 and women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland
$5 fee waived during severe weather
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 5:45pm - 7am
Serves: Adult Males

Women's Winter Warming Center
Call 503-280-4700 to reserve space
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7pm - 6:45am
Serves: Adult female identified

Portland Rescue Mission
111 W. Burnside Street, Portland
Additional beds available for winter shelter
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: Entry to year-round beds 5:45pm, winter beds 8pm
Serves: Adult males

Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)
30 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, 503-227-0810
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 6pm - 8am
Serves: Adult female identified

Porchlight Crisis Shelter
1635 SW Alder Street, 503-222-5933
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 8:45pm - 8:45am
Serves: Youth ages 18-23

Harry’s Mother Runaway Shelter
738 NE Davis Street, 503-233-8111
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 24 Hours
Serves: Youth ages 9-17



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

Dignity Village
9401 NE Sunderland Avenue, Portland
Dates: Seven days a week throughout winter season
Hours: 8am - 10pm
Serves: Adults

Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)
30 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, 503-227-0810
Dates: Seven days a week throughout the winter season
Hours: 7am - 9pm
Serves: Adult female identified

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland
This is a walk-in facility. Meal will be served.
Dates: Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 10am - noon and 2pm - 4pm
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

Portland Rescue Mission
111 W. Burnside Street, Portland
Dates: Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 7am - 8pm
Serves: No restriction

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland
Dates:  Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 7am - 5:45pm
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

St. Francis Dining Hall
330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
Dates: Sunday - Friday, extended hours Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday 1/1/15 Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 10am - 7pm (M - F), 12:30pm - 5pm (Sun), 7:15am - 8:45pm (Severe Weather)
Serves: Adults

St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church Hospitality Center
601 W Burnside Street, Portland
Dates: Monday - Saturday
Hours: 9am - 11:30am (M-F), 9am - 11am (Sat)
Serves: Adults

Transition Projects
650 NW Irving Street, Portland
Dates: Seven days a week
Hours: 7am - 6:45pm (M - F), 8am - 4pm (Sat, Sun, Holidays)
Serves: Adults

JOIN
1435 NE 81st Suite 100, Portland
Dates: Monday - Friday (Closed second Friday of every month)
Hours: 10am - 3pm
Serves: Individuals and families

Rose Haven
627 NW 18th Avenue, Portland 503-248-6364
Dates: Closed New Years day, regular hours resume Friday, January 2
Hours: 8:30am - 3pm
Serves: Single women, and women with children

Catholic Charities - Housing Transitions
2740 SE Powell Boulevard, Portland
Dates: Monday - Friday
Hours: 10am - 1pm
Serves: Unaccompanied Women

Janus Youth Access Center
1635 SW Alder Street, 503-432-3986
Dates: Seven days a week
Hours: 9am - 9pm
Serves: Screening and referral for youth ages 15-23


New Avenues for Youth (NAFY)
820 SW Oak Avenue, 503-224-4339
Dates: Monday/Wednesday/Saturdayurday
Hours: 1pm - 6pm
Serves: Youth ages 18 - 24

Outside In
1132 SW 13th Avenue, 503-535-3800
Dates: Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday
Hours: 1pm - 6pm
Serves: Youth ages 18 - 24

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 - Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts low temperatures between 7 degrees and 29 degrees with wind chill for the evenings of Monday December 29, Tuesday December 30, Wednesday December 31, 2014.

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.orgIn addition to existing year-round facilities, the following warming center facilities are available:

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, Portland (near 13th Avenue in SE)
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts, accessible location
Dates: Evenings of Monday, December 29th - Wednesday, December 31st
Hours: 9pm - 7am
Serves: Adults

St. Francis Dining Hall
330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
Dates: Evening of Tuesday, December 30th
Hours: 8:45pm - 10am
Serves: Adults

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland
This is a walk-in facility.
Dates: Evenings of Monday, December 29th - Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 9:30pm - 6am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

Family Winter Shelter
16141 E Burnside Street, Portland (near 162nd  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: 7pm - 7am
Serves: Families with children under 18 and women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland
$5 fee waived during severe weather
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 5:45pm - 7am
Serves: Adult Males

Women's Winter Warming Center
Call 503-280-4700 to reserve space
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7pm - 6:45am
Serves: Adult female identified

Portland Rescue Mission
111 W. Burnside Street, Portland
Additional beds available for winter shelter
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: Entry to year-round beds 5:45pm, winter beds 8pm
Serves: Adult males

Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)
30 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, 503-227-0810
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 6pm - 8am
Serves: Adult female identified

Porchlight Crisis Shelter
1635 SW Alder Street, 503-222-5933
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 8:45pm – 8:45am
Serves: Youth ages 18-23

Harry’s Mother Runaway Shelter
738 NE Davis Street, 503-233-8111
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 24 hours a day
Serves: Youth ages 9-17

Anawim - St. John's Christian Church
8044 N Richmond Avenue, Portland 
Dates: Evening of Monday, December 29th
Hours: 8pm - 8am
Serves: Single Adults and limited space for Families

Anawim - Sanctuary Church
19626 NE Glisan Street, Gresham
Dates: Evenings of Monday, December 29th and Wednesday, December 31st
Hours: 8pm - 8am
Serves: Single Adults, pets allowed



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

Dignity Village
9401 NE Sunderland Avenue, Portland
Dates: Seven days a week throughout winter season
Hours: 8am - 10pm
Serves: Adults

Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)
30 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, 503-227-0810
Dates: Seven days a week throughout the winter season
Hours: 7am - 9pm
Serves: Adult female identified

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland
This is a walk-in facility. Meal will be served.
Dates: Monday, December 29th - Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 10am - noon and 2pm - 4pm
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland
Dates:  Monday, December 29th - Thursday, January 1st
Hours: 7am - 5:45pm
Serves: Families, single adults, and youth

St. Francis Dining Hall
330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
Dates: Sunday - Friday, extended hours Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th
Hours: 10am - 7pm (M-F), 12:30pm - 5pm (Sun), 7:15am - 8:45pm (Severe Weather)
Serves: Adults

St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church Hospitality Center
601 W Burnside Street, Portland
Dates: Monday - Saturday
Hours: 9am - 11:30am (M-F), 9am - 11am (Sat)
Serves: Adults

Transition Projects
650 NW Irving Street, Portland
Dates: Seven days a week
Hours: 7am - 6:45pm (M-F), 8am - 4pm (Sat/Sun/Holidays)
Serves: Adults

JOIN
1435 NE 81st, Portland
Dates: Monday - Friday (closed the 2nd Friday of the month)
Hours: 10am - 3pm
Serves: Individuals and families

Rose Haven
627 NW 18th Avenue, Portland 503-248-6364
Dates: Monday - Friday, extended hours Monday, December 29th
Hours:  8:30am - 3pm8am - 4pm (Severe Weather)
Serves: Single women, and women with children

Catholic Charities - Housing Transitions
2740 SE Powell Boulevard, Portland
Dates: Monday - Friday
Hours: 10am - 1pm
Serves: Unaccompanied Women

Janus Youth Access Center
1635 SW Alder Street, 503-432-3986
Dates: Seven days a week
Hours: 9am - 9pm
Serves: Screening and referral for youth ages 15-23


New Avenues for Youth (NAFY)
820 SW Oak Avenue, 503-224-4339
Dates: Monday/Wednesday/Saturday
Hours: 1pm - 6pm
Serves: Youth ages 18 - 24

Outside In
1132 SW 13th Avenue, 503-535-3800
Dates: Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday
Hours: 1pm – 6pm
Serves: Youth ages 18 - 24

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