The recipient that our group chose at our January 10th inaugural meeting is Janus Youth Programs. Funds will be directed and used in our local area to benefit the Cowlitz County Street Outreach. They have partnered with Housing Opportunities of SW Washington (HOSWWA) and are actively involved in trying to expand the services available to homeless youth in Cowlitz County. Their outreach program started in October 2016. There are many challenges facing this population including lack of shelter and safe, affordable housing. This street outreach program is similar to the Yellow Brick Road Washington program based in Clark County, with services located in the Kelso/Longview area. Professional staff initiate contact with vulnerable, homeless youth and connect them to local resources, referral and crisis services. The funds will be earmarked to purchase an outreach vehicle for the Cowlitz County program and any remaining funds will be used for Cowlitz County services only. Thank you to all who attended our first meeting and your donations to date are $8.350! Members unable to attend or didn’t have their check book last night should mail their money order or check payable to Janus Youth Programs to Stacy Dalgarno! e-mail to follow. We should be able to reach our goal of a $10,000 + donation. We have 120 members at this point! Thank you for your support! Congratulations ladies!