Monday, June 09, 2014

Community Partnerships For Meaningful Engagement

We wish to thank our Homeless Youth Liaison partners Officer Hettman and Officer Yakots and Central Precinct's Sgt. DeLand for joining Yellow Brick Road at our training event yesterday. Over the past several months the new downtown Portland Police "foot team" has made tremendous strides toward downtown community outreach and positive engagement with some of our community's most vulnerable folks. We support the compassionate methodology and spirit of partnership in which Commander Day and Sgt. DeLand are leading this team.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


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 June 8, 2014 from 2pm until 5pm. This month we welcome you to join us and our guest speakers for an introduction to Trauma Informed Care - a recognized "best practice" in the field of human services. We will also have guests from Portland Police Department's central precinct discussing their reinvigorated attention to downtown sidewalks, livability issues and their engagement strategies for homeless folks and summer travelers. It promises to be a lively afternoon of discussion! Light lunch will be provided. We hope you will join us.

June 8, 2014

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Sunday, March 09, 2014


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


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 pair of socks at a time! 

Saturday, March 01, 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

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014


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!