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. Maybe it's a quality common to mankind, but it seems we just need to be asked, invited to take a moment to reflect, and we will find something to be thankful for. For the second year in a row, I've worked on a Thanksgiving project to find out what the people I bump into on any given day are grateful for. Here is what I've learned. 

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Peter McNemar, reflecting on where he is at this Thanksgiving, said, aI am most thankful for the chances Iave been given that have provided stability in my life and that I have HomePlate as my community.a (Benjamin Brink/Staff Photographer)

Peter McNemar, reflecting on where he is at this Thanksgiving, said, aI am most thankful for the chances Iave been given that have provided stability in my life and that I have HomePlate as my community.a (Benjamin Brink/Staff Photographer)

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 for the nonprofit drop-in center serving young homeless people in Washington County since 2005.

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Attendees of the 2012 FarmPlate dinner gather to share plates of locally grown food, prepared by Chef Pascal Chureau, of West Linn's Allium Bistro. (Rissa Ochs)

Attendees of the 2012 FarmPlate dinner gather to share plates of locally grown food, prepared by Chef Pascal Chureau, of West Linn's Allium Bistro. (Rissa Ochs)