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Drop-in

Four nights a week, HomePlate hosts drop-in locations and provides access to necessary resources like hygiene supplies, clothes closet, shower, arts and recreation, and most importantly, supportive relationships with our community of staff and volunteers. The drop-in meals are for youth ages 12 to 24 (and their children), especially for young people who are experiencing housing instability or need extra support in order to achieve self-defined success.

What is provided?

The Fun Stuff

  • Board games and card games
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Conversations with supportive adults and youth
  • HomePLAY child care

The Basics

  • Support in navigating social service resources
  • A hot meal: see what's for dinner
  • Showers
  • Hygiene supplies
  • "To Go" food
  • Clothes
  • Sleeping bags/camping support (when requested)
  • Referral information
  • A safe space

When & Where

Monday from 6-8 pm
12555 SW 4th St., Beaverton

Tuesday from 2-5 pm
12520 SW 3rd St., Beaverton

 

Wednesday from 6-8 pm
1841 SW Merlo Dr., Beaverton

Thursday from 6-8 pm
494 E Main St., Hillsboro

 

Our Philosophy

Understanding the HomePlate philosophy is vital, as it guides all interactions between adults and youth in the program. An in-depth discussion is necessary to fully explore the nuances of the philosophy, but it can be summarized by the simple phrase “Meeting Youth Where They Are”. In order to “meet youth where they are” we start by establishing a trusting relationship built on mutual respect and non-judgment. Once we have a strong relationship established we offer supportive and solicited guidance regarding concerns about the risks and consequences of certain behaviors and provide information, support, services and supplies as necessary.

Our Youth Development Strategy

In addition to the concept of “Meeting Youth Where They Are”, HomePlate uses a framework of positive youth development called “The Circle of Courage”, which is supported by contemporary research, the heritage of early youth work pioneers and Native philosophies of child care. Each quadrant of the Circle of Courage stands for a central value (belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity) of an environment that can claim and reclaim all youth. An in-depth training on the Circle of Courage will be provided to all core volunteers. For more information, volunteers can check out the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future, from which the Circle of Courage concept originated.