Press Box

Sit-n-Stay completes its 4th successful season!

HomePlate would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Beaverton Farmer’s Market this summer to support the Sit-n-Stay Program. This year we provided dog sitting services over 185 times, raised nearly $1,700 to support our YEP programming and employed eight youth!
 
 

We’re home in central Beaverton!

Because of the outpouring of support, we’re super excited to announce that we’ve been able to move into our new space in central Beaverton! We’re still unpacking and getting things set up, but we’re loving the new location which is very accessible for the youth we serve. The youth are very excited, too, and in a few weeks we’ll start a weekly Tuesday afternoon drop-in.  Please join us on October 18th for our Open House and Ribbon Cutting by Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce (see details below). 
 

HomePlate is on the Move!

We're very excited to announce that we just signed a lease for a house in central Beaverton which will serve as our office and daytime drop-in. The house is in the process of being turned into a commercial property and we hope to move in early September. We will continue to have evening drop-in at our Hillsboro and Beaverton locations, and this move will help to expand accessibility to our services and resources. 

 

How can you help? We still need to raise about $26K more to help us with operations and ongoing expenses in our new place space. We have a $5,000 matching gift that will  make your donation go twice as far! Learn more about our Home 4 HomePlate campaign HERE. Please also consider a $10 (or more) monthly donation which will sustain our work year round. Please contact kirsten@homeplateyouth.org or 971-322-9381 to learn more about signing up for our monthly donor program or download the form HERE

 

Feeling lucky? Raffle options! We have some FABULOUS raffle prizes available each week. Tickets are limited so your chances of winning are good. Click HERE to by your tickets now!

 

ON SALE

August 13-19—Golfing foursome at the beautiful Tualatin Country Club, a $400 value. Tickets are 1 for $20/6 for $100

August 20-30—Salmon fishing for two at Buoy 10, a $400 value. Tickets are 1 for $20/6 for $100

August 31-October 8: Civil War Tickets & Tailgate Party with the Reser Family. Value: Priceless. Very Limited Tickets at $100 each.

 

In addition to financial support, we have a wish list of items we need for our new space. Please contact Buzz@homeplateyouth.org if you have an item to donate on our list or something you think we might be able to use. 

 

Home 4 HomePlate Wish List

 

·         Lockers (with locks) for youth

·         New or nearly new canister vacuum

·         Leather or “Pleather” living room furniture

·         Patio table, chairs & BBQ

·         White boards for walls

·         Kitchen supplies including pots, pans, & silverware

·         Bathroom cleaning supplies & towels

 

 

Thank YOU for your support!!

 

Welcoming Babies to HomePlate!

Amongst the many youth who come to and know HomePlate, there are a number that have young people of their own. Our Outreach Team makes an effort to visit our new parents in the hospital, bringing them relief in the form of essentials such as blankets, diapers, formula and clothing for the newborns and for the youth themselves. Becoming a parent is a joy but it also can be challenging, particularly if the parent is also dealing with housing insecurity.

 

Just this past month, some of you might have seen on our Facebook page that our Outreach team visited a young mother the day after giving birth. When she was asked by the hospital staff if she had people she could reach out to for support she shared that, yes, she had about four or five people who could help her and two of them were actually in the room, She was speaking of the two Outreach team members visiting her and her daughter.

 

After posting this story, HomePlate received a comment from a graduated youth that she also remembered the outreach team coming to visit her after giving birth. She said she was excited to see that folks, "still see and have that trust" with HomePlate. We feel overjoyed that youth welcome us to be, and remember us as, a part of their journey as parents and we thank you all for your constant support so we can continue to build those trusting relationships!

Thank You & Farewell to JVs Deirdre & Marielle!

With gratitude for their service and our best wishes for their future plans, we fondly wish Deirdre and Marielle farewell at the end of this month. As this year’s Jesuit Volunteers Northwest from AmeriCorps, they give a year of intensive service while living in a community house on a very tight budget. The support and perspective they bring to HomePlate is invaluable and we’ll miss having them on our team! Read more....

 

In the role of Programming Coordinator, Deirdre has connected youth with many different community partners using her fabulous organizational skills.

 

"HomePlate inspires me! Everyday I got to see the world in a new way thanks to the youth, staff and volunteers. My year at HomePlate has been a chance to hear stories full of joy and heartbreak, witness and share in the growth of those around me and be a part, if for just a short time, of an incredible mission to meet youth where they are at with open minds and hearts. I would like to thank the amazing volunteers who shared their time and talents during drop-in programming and excursions, the generous staff who have supported me throughout the year, but most importantly the youth who have shown me how to find hope and happiness in each moment even in the face of adversity. I leave HomePlate with a heart full of joy and gratitude." 

 

Marielle, in her role as an Outreach Worker, has met youth where they are in the community and brought her compassion and warmth to each encounter.

 

 “I have loved walking through this year with youth - building trust and relationships with folks whom I've met outside on outreach and inside the drop-in space. It's been incredible to serve with such passionate staff and dedicated volunteers, and I will carry with me all that has cracked, lightened, and stretched my heart this year. Thank you, HomePlate!

 

Thank YOU, Marielle and Deirdre! We’ll miss you!! 

 

On August 17th we look forward to meeting the new JVs, Laura and Kelsey, and welcoming them to our team for the coming year!!

Fun at the Hillsboro Rotary 4th of July Parade

HomePlate youth, staff and volunteers enjoyed a day of community celebration at the annual Hillsboro Rotary July 4th Parade! We love being part of a community that is supportive and caring of the young people we serve. Extra fun was receiving third place for our parade float! Thanks, Hillsboro! 

Congratulations Graduates!

We are so excited to share just a few of the high school graduation photos we have been shown here at HomePlate this past month. Please join us in congratulating these young people!

Kickin’ It Out of the Park! $26,000 Raised for HomePlate! THANK YOU!!

Thank you to our generous sponsors, teams, players, volunteers, and spectators for making the fifth Home Runs for Homeless Youth tournament the best yet! The competition between our 22 teams was even hotter than the unseasonable weather! Two new teams this year, “ADAPT or Die” and “Planet Kick-ness” won first and second place respectively. The “Rec’n Crew” claimed third place. “Sir Kicks-A-Lot” won the High-Five prize, the “Carpet Baggers” won the Best Cheer-Squad prize, and “In It to Wing It” (HomePlate’s team) won the Team Spirit prize. Hillsboro Mayor Willey and Beaverton Mayor Doyle sang a duet of “Take Me Out to the Ball Park” to open the games. Mascots Barley the Hop and Billy the Beaver joined the teams for photos. Thanks to all the players who came out with their teams and made it a great community day! Click HERE to see photos of teams in action! 

 

We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, Lanphere Construction and Development, for supporting this event for the past 4 years! Thanks, too, to sponsors Nike, Friends of Wings, Jesuit High School, SureID, and First Tech Federal Credit Union. A big shout out to our community partners who contributed their time and talent to make the event awesome: Purple Sail Creative, LLC, Play.Fit.Fun, Golden Valley Brewery, ADAPT Training, Bear It Designs, and the City of Hillsboro. Raffle prizes were provided by ADAPT Training, the City of Beaverton, the City of Hillsboro, the Hillsboro Hops, Golden Valley Brewery, Sunset Lanes Bowling and Yoga OMazing. The raffle alone brought in almost $950!

 

In addition, we had incredible volunteer support from Sunset Presbyterian Church, Oregon Kickball Club, Hands on Portland: Team Works “Discovering Washington County, Purple Sail Creative, LLC, and Prince Peace Church. In total over 90 volunteers made sure we had a fun and safe event. Thank YOU!! We couldn’t have done it without you!!

 

With funds raised from this event we can reach more youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness throughout Washington County and connect them with vital services, resources and their community. Thank you!

ChefPlate: Fun New Nutrition & Cooking Program Begins

Throughout the month of May, youth will spend time dreaming up fun, exciting recipes and learn about healthy nutrition in the new, interactive cooking program 'ChefPlate'. ChefPlate brings youth to the kitchen in order to learn and put into practice culinary skills while also building community through making and sharing dinner together! In partnership with the Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and Whole Foods Market, ChefPlate is a holistic cooking experience that engages youth to master new skills and gain confidence and a sense of independence in themselves.

 

The inaugural ChefPlate session began on May 3rd with the most important meal of the day, breakfast! Youth made scones, pancakes and scrambled eggs. Nutrition questions and demonstrations from NCNM discussed healthy fats and carbohydrates, the importance of fruits and vegetables and how to better create a balanced plate.Youth gained confidence in their abilities too! Al, a participating youth, expressed that they “liked the fact that people like [their] food!” and Felicia had fun “making and eating the food!” ChefPlate brings youth, staff and volunteers together for a fun experience to learn from each other and build a strong, well-fed community!  

Sit-n-Stay Returns May 7th to the Beaverton Farmers' Market!

Opening day of the Beaverton Farmers Market (summer market) was Saturday, May 7th and will be running throughout the summer. This weekly event is the largest, all-agricultural market in Oregon, and is also home to the HomePlate Sit-n-Stay program. What is Sit-n-Stay you ask? Part of our Youth Employment Program (YEP), Sit-n-Stay provides supportive employment opportunities to youth who are facing housing instability, while also offering a fun place for your dog to hangout while you shop. Come by and say "Hi"!!