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.
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!
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 email@example.com to arrange drop-off date and time.
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
Baking or cooking utensils/kits
Travel mugs or reusable water bottles
Lotion & soap sets
Toys & Crafts
Craft supplies & kits
Toys for all ages
Board or card games
Dog or cat accessories
Box of chocolates
*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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
We are very pleased to announce that Cirrah, one of the youth we serve, has been working as an intern at the City of Hillsboro since early September. The paid 6-month internship program, called “By You With You”, is for youth looking to expand their job skills through working 20 hours a week in an office environment and the City of Hillsboro. The feedback from her supervisor has been great so far and Cirrah says she loves the job! We’re excited and honored to participate in this awesome program!
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.
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 (email@example.com) if you'd like to be involved.