Sit-n-Stay Ends a Fantastic Season


The Sit-n-Stay season at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market has ended with great results! Four youth worked over 556 hours from May until the end of September caring for over 260 dogs, which was our best season yet!

Our partnership with our sponsor, Halt Pest Control, helped us to increase our visibility with new signage and expanded fencing. We’ve been able to expand our HomeBase leadership program with the support of a donor, and Al, this year’s Sit-n-Stay manager, did a great job leading the Sit-n-Stay crew this year. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who donated lunches to the youth while they were working this program.

Merlo Station Drop-in Closing June 20, 2018

For the past five and a half years, HomePlate has been operating our Wednesday night drop-in at Merlo Station High School. We are really grateful for the people, activities, and relationships developed there.

We've been notified by the Beaverton School District that we need to be out by June 20 for months of renovations. We are thankful for BSD, and especially Merlo Station High School, for their support over the last five and a half years.

As a result of this decision by our site host, we're going to conclude our drop-in there by June 20. We are in the process of visioning and thinking about the best way forward and what comes next. We'll make a decision by the end of summer and let everyone know.

We invite you to participate in that visioning process. Please contact Kirsten ( if you'd like to be involved.

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Stand Up with HomePlate raises over $46,000 for Youth At-Risk!

Thanks so much for joining us for Stand Up with HomePlate! With your generous support we exceeded our goal and raised $46,500! 

The community came together  at the PCC Rock Creek Event Center for a night of music, laughter and inspiring stories from youth. Guests and youth joined improv experts Brad Fortier and the Knock Outs on stage for each of the improv "games" and playful antics. Laura, a youth served by HomePlate received a standing ovation for her moving story of resilience and perseverance. Emcee Scott Palmer from Bag & Baggage Productions kept the evening lively and engaging. Music by Melao de Cuba gave a festive energy to the first annual event. 

A huge thank you for everyone who participated and helped to sponsor the event! We are particularly grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, West Hills Home Northwest/Mower Group Realty for their support and for joining us on stage for the improv games!

Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Welcomes Youth to Our Day Space


Volunteers like Bonnie Martin are a ray of sunshine. When weary youth come off the streets on Tuesday afternoons to HomePlate's Beaverton Day Space, they are greeted by a warm smile from Bonnie. She welcomes them into the space and wholly accepts them for who they are. It is her mission to not only accept youth, but to create an environment where they have the opportunity to be who they are.

Bonnie is the mother of two children aged 21 and 24. She has seen her own children struggle through the challenges of growing up and discovering their identities. Her eldest child is gender non-binary, so Bonnie has personal experience of working with youth who are figuring out who they are. She also has a lot of community youth work experience and has lead Girl Scout Troop #799, Destination Imagination, and co-lead Boy Scout Troop #728. When Bonnie heard about HomePlate through an ad for a donation drive that the Leedy Grange was running, she investigated HomePlate more and recognized it as a new opportunity to serve local youth.

With her past experiences and generous heart, Bonnie has been able to contribute deeply to HomePlate. For almost a year, she has been a regular volunteer at HomePlate and actively uses compassionate listening to let youth know that they are heard, loved, and matter. This can be an empowering interaction for youth who often feel marginalized and overlooked. She assists youth in finding what they are looking for, whether it’s shampoo, socks, or a coat. When HomePlate has been low on much needed items, like bottles of water, she has stepped up to help meet that need through personal donations.  We are very grateful for the consistant and caring support Bonnie offers to our youth at HomePlate!

KPTV Channel 12 story on youth homelessness in Beaverton and HomePlate Youth Services

Thank you KPTV Channel 12 for such a thoughtful and thorough story, which features a youth we know well...

Copyright 2018 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2018 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Beaverton School District sees the highest number of homeless teens

BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) - The Beaverton School District has the highest number of homeless students in the state. That's according to a Department of Education reports.

Information that's shining a light on the issue of teen homelessness in the suburbs.

The ODE said 1,522 students within the Beaverton School District are homeless. To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of nearly the entire student body at Southridge High school.

Youth Learn Catering Skills & More at HomePerk

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Jane is 4 weeks into the 6-week HomePerk/HomePlate Youth Employment job training program, which is hosted on Sunday mornings at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Chirst’s Coffee Hour. HomePerk provides training in skills related to kitchen prep, event management, catering, customer service, and many other soft skills. During the time between setting up and the Coffee Hour, Jane works with Christian, a HomePlate Employment Volunteer, towards her employment goals. Those include finding a job in the short-term and enrolling in training programs to get a certificate in automotive repair. We are grateful for the ongoing support from the congregation that makes this program possible!