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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.
 

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.

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.

 

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!

 

 

This year of Sit-n-Stay was chalk full of inspiring memories. We couldn’t be more impressed by the youth who worked this program. Many of our youth literally slept outside the night before, and still managed to make it to work on time and produce good quality work for the program. Perhaps the most enduring memory from Sit-n-Stay comes from a youth staff member who was actually allergic to dogs. Despite his allergy, he could still be seen week after week cuddling with our many four-legged friends. His commitment to our program and the dogs showed in the huge smile on his face despite his allergies.

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). 

 

As part of expanding our services, youth will be able to access resources (including showers and laundry) at Tuesday drop-in and by appointment on other days. We plan to expand our employment programming and provide youth a safe place to come when they need support. The HomePlate staff and Board are working on a 5-year strategic plan that will help us envision the scope of the opportunities before us in this new location.

 

 

We truly could not have done this move without the support of many donors and community supporters. The “Home 4 HomePlate” campaign is close to reaching our goal of $50K by October 8th and we are humbled by the generosity of donors, including sponsors Whole Foods, Arlene Schnitzer and Pacific Continental Bank. Our Encore Fellow Operations Consultant, Buzz Strott, has worked tirelessly for weeks planning the move. Volunteers from the Good Neighbor Project with Westside Community Church spent their Sunday painting and working in the yard to prepare the space.  The Beaverton First United Methodist Church has also been working hard to make the space comfortable and attractive. The heavy lifting was donated by two fantastic movers, Graebel Van Lines and Two Men and a Truck. We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Pacific Continental Bank, La-Z-Boy, and Dania for donating wonderful pieces of new or gently used furniture. Individuals have brought by a few special items that have helped make the space feel like home. Thank you!!!

 

We still need a few important items (see our wish list below) and we would love some more volunteer help to complete a few tasks. In addition, we’ll be looking for ongoing volunteer support to welcome visitors. Please contact Amy@homeplateyouth.org if you would like to volunteer.

 

 

Wish List: This list is changing daily, so please contact Kirsten@homeplateyouth.org if you would like to donate an item.

·  New or nearly new canister vacuum

·  Nice storage cabinet from Ikea (or similar) with drawers and removable bins

·  Patio table, chairs & BBQ

·  White boards for walls

·  Kitchen supplies including pots, pans, crock pot, utensils, tea pot & silverware

·  Bathroom cleaning supplies & towels

·  Tool box with basic items for home repair

 

 

Open House : Tuesday, October 18th 4-6:30 PM Tours, Refreshments by Whole Foods, Music & Ribbon Cutting at 5:30. RSVP to Kirsten@homeplateyouth.org Thanks again and we would love to see you there!

 

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!