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. 
 

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!

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!