Press Box

Youth Get Jobs!!!

This has been a very exciting month for several youth here at HomePlate! With the support of many volunteers and staff, and our brand new office, the Youth Employment Program has already reached dozens of youth, with almost 20 of them working on job-readiness training. Last month the Sonrise Job Fair proved to be a great opportunity for several of our youth to get to know nearly 30 employers in the local community and connect with them for employment— one youth even found two jobs through the fair.
 

Spotlight on Debbie at the Beaverton Public Library

If you’ve ever been to the Beaverton Public Library you have probably been greeted by Debbie’s warm smile. Not only is Debbie the custodian at the Beaverton Public Library but she is also one of Washington County’s greatest advocates for folks experiencing housing instability and homelessness. Debbie can often be seen chatting up the regulars, scurrying around getting snacks for folks who are hungry, and making referrals to Sunshine Food Pantry and HomePlate Youth Services. 
 

, Your Support Makes a Difference!

It’s an exciting time at HomePlate! Each week our new space is busier and busier as youth learn from our Outreach Team about our Tuesday afternoon drop-in. Youth are also making daily appointments to meet our new Employment Coordinator, Christi, and she has been very busy helping them fill out resumes and find jobs. It is all possible because of your investment in the young people of our community. 

 

Because of your generous support, we’re able to help youth get their IDs to apply for employment and housing. In the bitter weather we provided a place to warm up, eat a snack, find a heavy coat or sleeping bag. You helped us keep our Youth Pantry well-stocked and made yummy dinners for our evening drop-ins. Office volunteers help keep us organized and provide a welcoming presence. Community volunteers provide cooking classes, crafts, games, and outside excursions. These are so important to a sense of mastery and belonging. 

 

Some of the youth we serve are expecting babies or are new parents. With your generous support, these young parents have been able to feed, clothe, and house their children. It was very special to see these parents find gifts for their children at the December Holiday Store that you made possible.

  

 

Most importantly, you’ve helped to make HomePlate a unique place where youth feel they can ask for support and feel like they belong no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, or disability. Thank you for helping us to make HomePlate a safe and caring place for the past twelve years! 

, Monday Night Drop-in to Move to Beaverton

In an effort to consolidate our resources, we are moving our Monday night drop-in to the Beaverton First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on February 6, 2017. We’ll be serving dinner there between 6-8 PM starting next week. The address is 12555 SW 4th Street, Beaverton 97005 and it is located just behind our new office. We’re looking for volunteers to help us out weekly and dinner volunteers for this new location. Please contact Amy@homeplateyouth.org if you can help out.

 

We are very grateful to Pastor Bernie Bosnjak and the Hillsboro Friends Church for generously sharing their space and resources with us and for always welcoming and advocating for the youth we serve. Please consider a donation to the “Bernie Youth Fund” in her honor. This fund helps us get youth their IDs, pay for apartment applications, work shoes, and many other special youth needs.  

 

Checks can be made to HomePlate Youth Services, and sent to P.O. Box 1413, Beaverton, OR 97075. Memo line “Bernie Youth Fund”.  Contact kirsten@homeplateyouth.org for more information.

 

HomePlate Offers Warmth & Relief in Winter

Can you imagine what staying outdoors day and night might feel like now? Unfortunately people’s living situations don’t change with the snow, so HomePlate offers consistent services in all kinds of weather. We are a resource when other public services are closed.

 

Recently a couple who had one of our outreach cards remembered that we are in central Beaverton and stopped by during the storm to pick up boots, coats, and food. We were the only place they could come during the day to get out of the cold, because the library was closed. By night they make their way to one of the shelters in Portland.

 

The Outreach Team has heard from folks on the street they are really glad to see them and get the hats, snacks, hand warmers, gloves, and warm smiles. The youth were super grateful for the respite from the elements. They also complimented the hardiness of our Outreach Workers! “You guys are real troopers to be out here in this!”

 

Thanks so much to the many people who equipped our Outreach Team with the emergency relief supplies they carry in their bright green backpacks! We can’t do this work without you!

 

For people needing overnight shelter, please click HERE to refer to the Washington County Severe Weather Shelter list.

Tuesday Afternoon Drop-in Begins

On Tuesday afternoons we are hosting drop-in from 2-5 PM at our new office home in Central Beaverton. This drop-in is particularly helpful to youth who work evenings and is within walking distance of the library and other services. Youth enjoy the cozy atmosphere and facilities very much.

They are able to fix themselves a snack, shower, work on accessing housing or employment resources, and feel safe and welcome. They also can wash their clothing and find fresh apparel and toiletries. Thanks to generous donations, we have a youth pantry stocked with soup and sandwich fixings, plus there are craft materials if they feel creative. Often the big table in the dining area is full of conversations and projects. It is an exciting and special place!

 

"It really is home-like. I really like the idea of there being a washer and dryer. That's really cool!" Alec

Open position- Employment Coordinator


HomePlate Job Opening

                                                                                               

POSITION: Employment Coordinator
PROGRAM: HomePlate
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FLSA STATUS: Hourly, 1 FTE

HomePlate (homeplateyouth.org) is a grass roots non-profit social service agency that works with young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in Washington County (ages 12- 24). HomePlate operates 3 drop-in center evenings as well as a street outreach program 5 days a week. At drop-in, HomePlate offers hot meals, showers, resources, referrals, recreation, and positive interactions with adults. Located in Hillsboro and Beaverton, HomePlate provides services to over 1000 youth per year. Our mission is to support the positive development of young people experiencing homelessness or housing in­stability through community building, education, access to services and resources, and youth empowerment. We are looking for someone who has great passion for youth and young adults!

 

Overview

The overall responsibility of the Employment Coordinator is to work with young people to prepare for, find, and retain employment. Time will be divided between providing direct service to participants, supervising and coaching youth in our social business ventures, researching job opportunities, and building relationships with volunteers, businesses and supporters. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

         Drop-in Employment Support: Provide direct employment support services to young people experiencing homelessness in Washington County at two of threedrop-in nights per week.

o    Example activities include: providing lists of current job opportunities, coaching youth with unique barriers to employment (criminal record, currently homeless, lack of education or employment history, etc.), educating youth on job-training opportunities (both at HomePlate and in the community), and communicating with staff and volunteers on employment opportunities.

         Direct, supportive employment supervision: Act as the youth-staff supervisor for HomePlate’s social business ventures and internal internships.  These operations employ/intern youth short-term to provide references, experiences and skills for future employment. 

o    Sit-n-Stay: dog sitting service at the Beaverton Farmers Market (Saturdays 7am to 3pm, May- September) which employs 3-4 youth for first-time job programs.

o    HomePerk: Designed for youth with significant barriers to employment (for example, social anxiety) to provide one-on-one mentorship and on-the-job coaching.

 

·         Build and maintain collaborative relationships with schools, businesses, and neighborhood organizations to enhance wrap-around supportive employment and education opportunities.

·         Emphasize a strength-based approach as HomePlate supports homeless individuals in their efforts to move into stability.

·         Participate in the planning process for curriculum and future social-business program development.  This includes leading the monthly meeting of the Social Business Task Force.  

·         Provide oversight and guidance to employment-support volunteers & interns. 

·         Supervise Activities Coordinator. It is an AmeriCorps position that turns over every August.

·         Accurately document all services as required by program procedures.  Maintain and update all necessary databases for tracking youth progress, program objectives and outcomes, and contractual and licensing requirements. Produce timely and accurate summaries of services for grant reports.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

·         Experience building trust relationships and collaborative efforts with diverse individuals and organizations.

·         Experience working with homeless young people; outreach and local Washington County social service knowledge and businesses are a plus.

·         Flexibility to work nights and or weekends to meet youth, train and begin programs.

·         Strong commitment to "meeting youth where they are". Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to collaborate with partners outside of the agency.  Ability to interact appropriately with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and varying cultural groups.

·         Ability to manage multiple tasks requiring excellent organizational skills.

·         Ability to work hours outdoors, and on your feet.

·         Familiarity with computers and basic software use is required. Ability to work with or learn computer data entry programs and familiarity with Office Suite software. Fluency in social media websites, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.

·         Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

·         Ability to pass a criminal background check

 

Pay and Benefits

Hourly: Starting at $15.87- $16.83/hour. Employer paid 79% for medical & 100% for dental benefits for employee and 50% covered for dependents, $500 HRA; paid time off. 

HomePlate values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

 

To Apply: Send a résumé, application questions (below), and a cover letter that clearly states how your background and skills/abilities make you well suited for the position.  Email your application materials to: jobs@homeplateyouth.org.  Because of the volume of applications, please understand that we will not be able to respond to email or phone inquiries, but all applicants will receive responses regarding the status of the application process.  Open until filled.

 

         Every duty in the job description is based on having solid rapport and trust with the youth. Give an example of your success building relationships and collaborative efforts among diverse populations.

         What interests you most about this position and HomePlate?

         What qualities do you think are necessary to make a success of this job?  Why do you believe you hold them?

         What do you believe the barriers to ending homelessness are? What do you believe is the reason that homelessness exists in Washington County?

         What does the following mean to you: “Relationships rather than rules – because in the end it’s about people.”

 

 

Employment Coordinator job description (11.16).pdf
Holiday Store for Youth Dec. 12,14 & 15

Each December HomePlate hosts a "Holiday Store" at each of our drop-in locations. The store is full of new items for youth to give to their loved ones as gifts. This beloved tradition features a store which is free to youth and includes items for all ages and interests. Generous community supporters donate new gifts from a variety of suggestions priced under $20. Please refer to the attached flyer for gift ideas.

 

All donations for the Holiday Store must be received by Monday, Dec. 5th at our new location in Beaverton. The address is 12520 SW 3rd Street, Beaverton. Our regular donation receiving days are Wednesday and Thursday from 2-5 PM. Please contact Laura at activities@homeplateyouth.org or 971-8-284-8988 with questions or to arrange to drop-off donations outside of those hours. 

 

Volunteers are needed to help set up the store at each location, transport items between locations, provide personal shopping and wrapping services. Please contact Amy@homeplateyouth.org for more information about volunteering at the Holiday Store.

Holiday Store 2016.pdf
Helping the Homeless Youth in Beaverton

Beaverton Valley Times  

Eight months ago, Brianna Yandell was an isolated, homeless young mother with few opportunities and little support.

Yandell’s living situation was not always so desperate; she was adopted when she was 3 years old by an affluent family. They were good to her, she said, but she always felt a bit like an outsider.

“I was always the odd one out,” she said.

Yandell said that her adoptive parents are still supportive of her on their own terms, but don’t really understand her for who she is.

Yandell moved to Oregon from Delaware with her daughter and her child’s father, but soon found herself alone, living in a tent in the woods. She remained homeless for about two-and-half years.

That’s when Yandell, 24, decided to utilize the services at HomePlate youth drop-in services. HomePlate services is Washington County’s only drop-in center and outreach team designed to support and empower youth experiencing housing instability.

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There's no place like HomePlate

Beaverton Valley Times/Written by Mandy Feder-Sawyer 

 

Tours, music by Glove Box Money and refreshments will kick off a special ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to celebrate the opening of a new youth services facility. 

 

HomePlate services is Washington County’s only drop-in center and outreach team designed to support and empower youth experiencing housing instability. HomePlate is celebrating the opening of its new center at 12520 S.W. Third St. in Beaverton.

 

In 2015, HomePlate served 1,034 youth with the help of 996 volunteers, a staff of seven full-time employees and more than $370,000 of in-kind donations such as hygiene supplies, clothing, space, time and food.

 

HomePlate meets youth where they are via three drop-in centers so youth can take showers, have a hot meal, get hygiene supplies, clothing, food to go, bus tickets, diapers, baby wipes, and resource and referral information. The community atmosphere provides dinnertime conversation.

 

RSVP by Oct. 14 to kirsten@homeplateyouth.org or call 971-322-9381.