What are the most transformative moments of your life? Did they happen on the baseball field? In the outdoors? While doing art? Recreation is a transformative experience for many, but a luxury unattainable for so many youth at HomePlate. In respons to consistent feedback from youth who were seeking more opportunities to engage in the HomePlate community, HomePlate hired a full-time Programming Coordinator to work with community partners to bring more recreational and developmental programming opportunities to HomePlate.
We have a few annual traditions:
- Beach Trip: Our annual trip to the Oregon coast and Tillamook Cheese Factory is always a hit with the youth. Our full day excursion includes climbing the dunes, exploring Seaside, a tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and of course a big ol’ scoop of Tillamook ice cream!
- Adventure Partners: We have developed great local partnerships that have opened up access to some amazing outdoor alternaive sporting opportunities including stand up paddle boarding with SUPortland, a white water rafting trip with Adventures Without Limits, biking at Stub Stewart State Park courtesy of the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department, and a morning of rock climbing at The Portland Rock Gym.
- Drop-in Programming: Our Employment and Programming Coordinators are currently teaming up to create responsive and relevant programming for our drop-in sites covering topics including: access to housing, renter retention, access to various education programs, soft skill and team building opportunities, and access to employment.
What's on deck for 2017?
ChefPlate-Culinary/Nutrition Education: With the support of Cedar Hills United Church of Christ and volunteers, HomePlate will be providing youth the opportunity to learn how to cook a healthy meal from scratch and enjoy eating it, too! The next ChefPlate starts at the end of April 2017.
- Fishing Trip: This spring youth will learn to catch their own dinner with the help of volunteer guides and support from the Tualatin Valley Chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders.
Interested in sponsoring one of these trips or programs? Have an idea of your own? Email Laura Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Sponsorship page. We also need volunteers to help with trips, so please contact Laura or Amy Smetana at email@example.com for more information.
Want to hear more about our outings? Stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos and upcoming announcements!