Be Inspired by Dennis' Story of Recovery & Hope!

We share in his own words a story of how one youth found HomePlate and his way home to stability and health. Written by Dennis R. who came to us about a year ago….

“I guess I’ll begin at the time before I really met Homeplate…(1 year prior)…

I began my 2nd year of homelessness and was really struggling in my addiction. I’ve had nights where I spent it out in the rain with only a t-shirt and sweatpants. I maybe ate just some chips in a week.

One day I was just using the library as shelter and then I saw two people walk in with light green hiking backpacks and a smile on their faces. They noticed me and came straight over and offered me water and some healthy filling snacks.

And that day I stocked up on jerky! They were also so kind into pointing me in the direction where I could get warm clothes and a warm meal and other resources to benefit my future.

I later got a small job with HomePlate doing and expressing art. That taught me a valuable lesson about life and the right way to live. HomePlate and their positive community saved my life.

I now am living in a house with roommates working as a web designer for a tech company. I am able to pay monthly bills and provide for myself!

I really wouldn't be where I am today without the support of HomePlate and their amazing community! I’m closer to my family again. I am 70+ days sober and still counting! And I’ve learned how to express myself in a community. I have awesome friends now and good relationships with those around me. I have also learned how to be giving and supportive just like HomePlate!

Thank you for everything guys! Love you all!!

Sincerely,
Dennis R.”

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HomePlate is Hiring an Opportunity Navigator

open position: opportunity navigator

HomePlate is launching a new scholarship program for our youth that will allow them the opportunity to enroll and participate in an educational program focused on career preparation without having to worry about peripheral expenses. The overall responsibility of the Opportunity Navigator is to work with a select group of young people to prepare for, enroll in, and follow through with an educational or occupational program of their choice. In addition to helping them navigate the educational system, this may include assisting with acquiring housing, planning for childcare, and other aspects of the young people’s lives that will help them to be successful in their chosen program. Time will be divided between providing ongoing support to participants, researching educational and occupational program opportunities, and building relationships with potential partner organizations.

POSITION: Opportunity Navigator
PROGRAM: Youth Employment Program
REPORTS TO: Employment Coordinator
FLSA STATUS: Hourly, 0.65 FTE 
START DATE: March 2019 

For more info... Download a PDF of the Opportunity Navigator

Thank you for your interest in HomePlate!

January 2019 Point-In-Time Annual Cenus

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The Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is an annual census of every homeless person in our community who is living outside during the last week of January. PIT occurs over the span of one week and is coordinated by members of the Continuum of Care and conducted with help from local volunteers.

PIT Counts will be held in the communities of Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Forest Grove on January 23, 2019. PIT Counts will be held  in Aloha on January 28, 2019 and in Cornelius on January 29, 2019. 

The purpose of the PIT Count is to gather data about homeless individuals (including demographic information) and report on the total number of people living outside. The snapshot of information that the PIT provides is used to inform housing policy decisions and funding commitments and to evaluate the effectiveness of current programs aimed at ending homelessness. 

HomePlate outreach workers are excited to partake in this year's PIT Count in Aloha, Tigard, Beaverton, Forest Grove and Cornelius. We are eager to raise public awareness about homelessness in our community and connect homeless individuals with vital resources.

Inspired by the strength and resilience of the youth we serve every day

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You guys are legit! You’re the ultimate listeners and don’t give me attitude. I really appreciate the positivity and consistency here.
— EJ, HomePlate Youth

We are inspired by youth, like EJ, who entered HomePlate Drop-in with the trauma of prejudice, associated distrust, and physical and spiritual injury, and left feeling loved and supported as he moves forward on his healing journey. EJ has shared that because we are positive, consistent, and listen without judgment, we make him a better person. The truth is that EJ and all the youth we serve make us at HomePlate better.

HomePlate Included in 2018 Top 100 Oregon Non-Profit Employers

We’re very honored to announce that HomePlate was included in the top 100 Oregon Non-Profit Employers for 2018 by Oregon Business! As a small non-profit with a team of 10 employees, we work hard to provide an atmosphere of ongoing training, inclusion, collaboration and support for our staff. Executive Director, Bridget Calfee, and Board Chairman, Brian Golembiewski, attended the October 4 event to honor recipients from throughout the state.

We’re proud to be voted a great place to work!

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2018 Holiday Store: December 4 & 13

Our Holiday store provides young people the opportunity to practice generosity. This empowering activity can provide not only a happier holiday season for our youth and their families, but invests in supporting youth to be caring, generous and civically engaged citizens for our community—and your donation of a new, unwrapped gift make it possible. Gifts for all ages are appropriate as the youth will be giving them to their aunts, grandmothers, siblings, and babies.

Donate items from the Gift Ideas list, sponsor a holiday gift drive at your work, community center, or faith-based organization, or gather gifts with your friends and family. Financial contributions are always welcome—65% of our funding is in-kind contributions, so the dollars go further, and the gifts always find an owner.

Drop-off Deadline: Thursday, November 29

Drop-off Location: Homeplate Youth Services, 12520 SW 3rd St. Beaverton, OR 97005. Call 971-322-9381 or email donations@homeplateyouth.org to arrange drop-off date and time.

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GIFT IDEAS*

Gift Cards ($5 & $10 Denominations)

  • Shopping: Fred Meyer, Target, Toys-r-Us

  • Restaurants: Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, Subway

  • Entertainment: Regal Cinemas tickets

  • Misc: ‘Visa’ or cash cards

Household Items

  • Baking or cooking utensils/kits

  • Tool kits

  • Candles

  • Home décor

  • Travel mugs or reusable water bottles

Personal Care

  • Lotion & soap sets

  • Scents

  • Makeup kits

Toys & Crafts

  • Craft supplies & kits

  • Sewing kits

  • Toys for all ages

  • Board or card games

Other

  • Dog or cat accessories

  • Bike gear

  • Box of chocolates

  • Ear buds/headphones

*Please keep items at or below $20 value to ensure equal distribution of gifts to as many youth as possible.

For more information contact Brianna at activities@homeplateyouth.org or (971) 284-8988.

Volunteers are also needed to help set up the store at each location, transport items between locations, provide personal shopping and wrapping services. Please contact Volunteer@homeplateyouth.org for more information about volunteering at the Holiday Store.

Download a PDF of the 2018 Holiday Store Flyer...