Beaverton Valley Times article written by Mandy Feder-Sawyer
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.