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  HomePlate Job Opening                                                                                             
POSITION: Volunteer & Operations Coordinator PROGRAM: HomePlate REPORTS TO: Executive Director FLSA STATUS: 1 FTE, salary some evenings & weekends required HIRING RANGE: 35,000-40,000 START DATE: November 17th, 2014

The Dish: FarmPlate Thank Yous and More

Thanks for making FarmPlate a success! Join us at VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa's Open House on August 16th in Beaverton.

The Dish: Spring 2014 - HomePlate's Newsletter

Moving on Up: 
NEW Coordinator for Youth Employment Program

Initially piloted with a small garden project and our dog-sitting services at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market (Sit-n-Stay), the Youth Employment Program (YEP) is a blossoming arm of HomePlate that connects youth in our community with positive avenues for procuring and maintaining  employment.

HomePlate’s YEP will help youth build job skills and connect them with internal and external employment opportunities.  With YEP, youth will have assistance building resumes and completing applications, interview practice, and finding jobs in their community – all implemented by volunteers and staff.  Youth will also have the opportunity to gain employment experience through HomePlate’s internal job programming Sit-n-Stay as well as our upcoming endeavors: Coffee with the Congregation, drop-internships, and other future job training endeavors in the works. 

All facets of YEP aim to connect youth with meaningful and stable employment to reduce risk factors associated with homelessness and housing insecurity.  Leading the helm of the YEP program is our newest staff member Amanda (see sidebar).  Amanda is originally from Massachusetts.  After achieving her B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College she, spent two years with AmeriCorps NCCC, working with a variety of non-profits across the west coast.  

Ch-Ch-Ch-ChangesA New Chapter for HomePlate Development Staff 

It is bittersweet that we announce the upcoming departure of development director Terra Neilson.  Terra started at HomePlate in 2011 as a volunteer, baking birthday cakes and launching our annual farm to table fundraiser, FarmPlate.  Since her hire in 2012, she has spent the last three years initiating and maintaining connections with community members for participation in HomePlate’s mission.  In July, Terra will be embarking on a new life chapter in St. Louis, Missouri to attend a dual business and social work master’s program at Washington University.  

“It has been an incredibly hard decision to leave my home in Oregon, and my family at HomePlate.  I’m honored to have learned so much from my fellow staff and volunteers, from such incredibly resilient youth, and from the amazing generosity of this community.  I’m already looking forward to hearing about future opportunities on the horizons for youth in Washington County.” – Terra Neilson

HomePlate will be accepting applications for the development director position now until the end of the month April.  Visit our NEW “press & stories” page for the full job description.  

Kicking it up a Notch:
2014 Home Runs Kickball Tournament

Our 2014 tournament is gearing up to be the best yet!  With half of our teams already filled, we plan to be busy. 
Don’t want to play? We’ll have prizes for the best cheering-section, so bring your signs, shirts, and excitement for your favorite team (Team HomePlate perhaps?)

Can’t make it, but want to pitch in?  Pitch in at our team fundraising page here.  $50 covers the cost of one player and you receive some ‘team gear’ as a thank you!  Business sponsorships and packages are now available from $250 to $3,000 and team registration is now open for teams of 10 to 12 individuals. Click the logo above for information about sponsorships and team registration. 


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HomePlate's First 

Annual Report 

With the help of incredible partners like Tracey ofPurple Sail Creative and Mike of Northwest Printing Optionsthe inaugural 2013 HomePlate marketing annual report has arrived.  The publication highlights the numerous ways the community invested in HomePlate’s mission and goals.  View it online here.

Welcome Amanda!  

Join us in welcoming our SIXTH staff member - and very FIRST Youth Employment Coordinator! 

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332 NE 6th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 
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1841 SW Merlo 
Beaverton, OR 

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494 E Main St.
Hillsboro, OR

NEW Website

New additions include:

The live-updated ‘dinner calendar’ -  displays the groups and main dishes for each drop-in meal

A community events calendar with fundraising events, volunteer trainings and mixers, and other fun ways you can participate 

A very informativeAdvocate FAQ section - with answers to some of those complex questions we hear so often

More information about ourYEP program 

...And much more!
Have another idea? Is there something we’re missing? Let us know!

Contact Us

For interest joining our board,
service projects or other opportunities:
Bridget Calfee
Executive Director
(503) 867-7762

For sponsorships, events,
or item donations:
Terra Neilson
Development Director
(971) 322-9381

For volunteer opportunities:
Erin Wilson
Volunteer Coordinator
(971) 238-3055

If you know someone
who can use our services:

Patrick Orr
Outreach Worker
(503) 867-4954
Amber Layton
Outreach Worker
(503) 707-0268

If you would like to hire
one of our youth: 

Amanda Kellett
Employment Coordinator
(971) 400-0551

Donate Today!

FarmPlate 2014

Our locally harvested farm-to-table dinner and auction hosted on a scenic vineyard, bringing together neighbors to support the work of HomePlate Youth Services will be held  Sunday, August 10, 2014, 4-8mp at The Apolloni Original Vineyard & Orchard.  Tickets go on sale this June.
HomePlate is accepting applications now for the position of Development Director

HomePlate is accepting applications now until April 16, 2014 for the position of Development Director. Help connect community members, businesses, and groups to the work of HomePlate supporting youth in Washington County. See the attached job description and send applications (with supplemental materials) to

Development Director job description 4.2.14.pdf
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HomePlate youth services gave this homeless teen stability: Giving thanks

It never ceases to amaze me that people who've been dealt the harshest blows in life often seem to have the most grateful spirit...

Hillsboro-based HomePlate Youth Services hosts FarmPlate dinner to raise funds to help homeless youth

A bow tie and button-down gala event wouldn't fit their style. Or their budget, thought Terra Neilson, then a volunteer at HomePlate Youth Services and brainstorming ideas for the 2011 fundraiser...

Homeplate Youth Services' Home Runs for Homeless Youth

Homeplate Youth Services kicked off the second annual "Home Runs for Homeless Youth" kickball tournament on Saturday on the fields at PCC Rock Creek...

HomePlate Youth Services hosts free holiday store at new Beaverton location

After a death in the family, Cassandra Davies, 40, needed holiday presents for four bereaved children. She piled her daughter, nieces and nephews into two cars last night and drove two hours...