Janus Youth Programs

About The Organization

Janus Youth Programs originated in 1972 and has grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest operating over 20 different programs. Based on best practice models, some of their programs for the vulnerable, exploited, homeless and runaway youth are:

Harry’s Mother, founded in 1976, serves runaway and homeless youth ages 9 to 17. Harry’s Mother provides comprehensive a 24 hour crisis intervention line (503-233-8111), emergency shelter for  runaway and homeless youth (Garfield House, a 12 bed shelter facility) and individual and family counseling to runaway youth  ages 9 to 17 and their families in the Portland metropolitan area.

Athena House: A confidential, co-ed group home for up to 7 youth between the ages of 14 to 21, Athena House provides emergency and long-term stabilization for up to 18 months for commercially sexually exploited youth. While at Athena House, all youth are involved in case management services through Harry’s Mother and highly specialized services provided by partner organizations including LifeWorks Northwest, the Sexual Assault Resource Center and the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

Services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)  Harry’s Mother  serves commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) by providing two dedicated shelter beds at Garfield House for CSEC-identified youth and a CSEC-specific counselor at Harry’s Mother.   In December, 2011, Janus Youth Programs opened a seven-bed residential program for CSEC-identified youth ages 14-17. This program works collaboratively with the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), Lifeworks Northwest, and the county Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division to provide intensive services. Youth may stay in the program up to 18 months.

Willamette Bridge Programs provide a continuum of services ranging from street out-reach and needs assessment to emergency housing and case management to serve the homeless youth in the Portland metro area.

Yellow Brick Road is a nightly street outreach program run by community volunteers since 1984. It focuses on providing information, referral and crisis intervention services directly to street-dependent youth.

The Access Center is the entry point for street-dependent youth, ages 14 to 24, seeking support services through Portland’s homeless youth continuum.

Street Light Shelter provides short-term housing for 30 homeless youth, ages 14 to 24, who are attempting to make changes in their lives, guiding them through the process of exiting street life.

Porch Light Shelter provides emergency housing for 30 youth, ages 14 to 20, who are new to the street or in immediate need of shelter and aid.

Bridge House provides transitional living house situation for previously homeless, pregnant or parenting youth, ages 16 to 20.

The Juvenile Reception Center is a 24-hour immediate intervention center for youth, ages 11-17, picked up by police for non-violent crimes. It also provides crisis counseling and other support services to help alleviate future problems.  The Reception Center is a joint effort with the Portland Police and is part of Multnomah County’s alternatives to detention program

Changes is an independent living program designed to provide basic financial and case management support to youth who are ready to live independently but cannot afford the initial move-in costs of an apartment. This program serves previously homeless youth ages 16 to 20.

Project Metamorphosis is a peer advocacy collaboration group to help support change, exiting street life and breaking the cycle of addiction. It provides peer-given support from people with personal experience going through this process.

How You Can Help

Join the community of volunteers working with Yellow Brick Road doing nightly street outreach to connect with youth on the streets and develop trusting, appropriate relationships with them in order to provide support and information/referral.  Help out at Street Light or Porch Light shelter.). Make financial donations to a specific program at Janus, or a general gift of support.

Contact Info

  • 707 NE Couch Street
    Portland, OR 97232
  • (503) 233-6090
  • www.janusyouth.org