Social Services For Youth & Children

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Jackson Street Youth Services

Project: Capacity Project - Supporting Skilled, Effective Staff and Volunteers

Year: 2016 Grant Amount: $8,250 Location: Corvallis, OR

This grant provides tools and important training for staff and volunteers so that they are better able to serve traumatized runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.  An online training system will save valuable staff time to improve service, compliance and efficiency.

Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

Project: Furniture upgrade for Harry's Mother Crisis Triage Center

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

As a one-stop youth crisis triage center, Harry’s Mother has created a 24-hour coordinated system of care for youth in crisis under the age of 18 that includes 3 integrated service arms: Counseling and Crisis Intervention Center, Juvenile Reception Center and CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Short/Long Term Shelter.  With limited moments when the co-located Counseling/Crisis Intervention and Juvenile Reception Centers are not teeming with youth/families, public/private partners attending meetings, or youth sleeping on a couch or curled up in a chair as staff and/or authorities attempt to connect with family members, wear and tear on each Center’s furniture is significant.   This grant replaces furniture that was broken and worn from years of use in the crisis center.  New furniture helps youth and their families to feel more valued and comfortable, and to be more receptive to the help they need during this crisis period.

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Janus Youth Programs

Project: Harry's Mother outreach materials and client assistance fund

Year: 2014 Grant Amount: $8,825 Location: Portland, OR

Harry’s Mother will initiate a two-pronged outreach and visibility campaign with materials designed to reach  grade, middle and high school youth, parents, school counselors, churches and businesses throughout Multnomah County, on the “traditional” services provided by Harry’s Mother, as well as information specifically tailored to sex trafficking for distribution to motels, truck stops, movie theaters, malls and other known high recruitment areas. As a youth development program, Harry’s Mother will gather input from youth through focus groups to ensure that the message and look of all materials “speaks” to youth. This will also lay the groundwork for Harry’s Mother staff to shape and develop a “youth council”; the members of which would personally deliver additional messaging throughout the community to youth, families, school counselors, faith groups and the community at large. Input from youth who have experienced sex trafficking will shape and design the message for all materials tailored to this issue.  Additional funds were included to meet the great and growing need for transportation for safety, school and appointments.


Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

Project: Sex Trafficking and Outreach Grant for Southwest Washington

Year: 2017 Grant Amount: $12,000 Location: Portland, OR and Clark County WA

Grant funds from Lamb Foundation will be used to implement the first Clark County sex trafficking services via education, outreach, case management. Fifteen youth will have case management, 200 youth contacted through outreach, 1,000 youth at risk of trafficking will receive information.

Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

Project: Village Gardens - Food Works Youth Summer Leadership Program

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $7,350 Location: Portland, OR

The Food Works Youth Summer Leadership Program is an 8-week leadership training program for multiple crews of 10 teenagers, ages 14-18, living in low-income North Portland neighborhoods.  Youth gain hands-on experience working on the Food Works Farm, at community garden sites, volunteering at hunger relief organizations, and participating in socially oriented and agricultural workshops.  Social workshops engage youth in discussions on issues in their community and create a safe environment to build self confidence, self knowledge, and life skills.


Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

Project: Village gardens - Village Market Healthy Kids Snack Corner

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $8,650 Location: Portland, OR



Healthy Kids Snack Corner.  The neighborhood kids learned about nutrition, helped select product and decorated the space.  Since this market is at the hub of the neighborhood, kids can easily stop by after school for a healthy snack.


Juliette's House

Project: Safe Kids (CAP) Program

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: McMinnville, OR

Supports the Safe Kids (CAP) Program, an in-school child abuse prevention/intervention education for all Yamhill County public elementary school children in K-5.

Kinship House

Project: Expanding Journeys to Permanency

Year: 2014 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

This grant supported year one of program expansion to serve additional hard-to-place children involved with foster care or adoption.  The program provides intensive therapy with the goal of a permanent healthy reunified or adoptive family.  This grant will cover start-up costs involved with a healthy expansion, allowing the program to become sufficient and not overburden current operations.

LCSN, A Family Place Relief Nursery

Project: A Family Place Relief Nursery Infants and Wobblers Classroom

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: McMinnville, OR

This grant helps support the opening of a new classroom to serve children ages 12-24 months (“wobblers”) who are at high risk of abuse and neglect. The classroom and program will serve 6 children and their families with a therapeutic classroom for the children, parenting support, resources and home visits.

LEAP: Life Expanding Adventure Program

Project: LEAP-NAFY Partnership Program

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Portland, OR


LEAP serves populations of individuals who are afflicted by health issues, emotional and psychological trauma, and social and economic adversity through empowering wilderness programs.


This grant supports youth transitioning out of homelessness through New Avenues for Youth to receive constant food, shelter, clothing, training and support for 5 days as they make a transformational wilderness whitewater kayak trip and receive follow-up support.


LifeWorks Northwest

Project: Children's Relief Nursery, St. Johns

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $12,000 Location: Portland, OR

LifeWorks NW’s Children’s Relief Nursery program aims to keep children safe and families strong, working to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.  Our innovative mix of programs includes therapeutic classrooms, helping infants & toddlers reach developmental milestones; one on one home visits, where our skilled staff help parents practice skills like safe discipline and stress management; child-parent psychotherapy, to rebuild the bonds broken by trauma; and other services which help stabilize families and ease extreme stress that puts them at risk for child abuse – such as assistance finding housing, food and employment.  All of the families we serve are low-income.  Services are provided in English and Spanish, at no cost to our families.  Lamb Foundation funds support services in the St. Johns office. see for more information


Lift Urban Portland

Project: Urban Garden Feeds Body and Soul

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Portland, OR

Urban Garden Feeds Body and Soul is an integral part of Lift Urban Portland’s mission to serve our neighbors in need. Two years ago we embarked on our journey to increase healthy fresh food choices to our food programs for low income people. Our first year incorporating fresh vegetables from our organic garden was a huge success.  Recipients helped out tending the garden, then enjoyed the benefits of the fresh harvest.  Last year we partnered with White Shield Home, a residential program for teenage moms (moms to be) and installed 9 new raised gardens.  This successful effort is continuing this year with a broader scope of having the young women participate in the gardening, as well as having a pee wee garden for their toddlers.  The next two years, we want to create raised garden beds at each of the low income high rise apartment buildings we work with, and work with the residents to grow their own produce as well.

Lutheran Community Services

Project: Relief Nursery for Klamath Falls

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Klamath Falls, OR

A Family Gathering Place Relief Nursery will support sixteen families via a therapeutic classroom and respite model in Klamath County. Due to COVID19, serving all kids in family – in addition to the 0-5 age range of focus.

Marion-Polk Food Share

Project: Marion-Polk Food Share Protein Burger: Fighting Hunger, Improving Nutrition, Rebuilding Lives

Year: 2012 Grant Amount: $20,000 Location: Salem, OR

Protein is often the most expensive portion of an emergency food box.  The MPFS Protein burger has been tested and provides a suitable, inexpensive protein option, and is easy enough for a child to prepare.  Proposed Outcomes: 1) Produce 1 million burgers annually; 2) Distribute them to 35,000 low-income individuals monthly in Marion and Polk counties; and, 3) Provide skills/education to at least 20 incarcerated youth annually.  This grant was a start-up grant.  The original intention was to work with Oregon Youth Authority to provide an educational/vocational program at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility that allows youth to gain job skills and hope for their futures, while increasing the supply of affordable protein for emergency food distribution.  Although in the end Oregon Youth Authority was not involved, the program opened the vocational training for young people who are looking to secure jobs in the food services industry.  The Better Burger has been successful in more ways than they could ever have imagined at the outset of the project.  Marion-Polk Food Share has expanded their partner horizons, is distributing the burger widely and holds out the vision of involving incarcerated youth when feasible in the future.



Mary's Place Seattle

Project: Mary’s Place Youth Services

Year: 2016 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Seattle, WA

Comprehensive and developmentally appropriate children and teen programming including a full schedule of daily activities designed to support emotional, physical and educational well-being for 1200 homeless kids during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

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