Janus Youth Programs Honors Steve Rudman for Commitment to Children

Steve Rudman accepting Janus awardJanus Youth Programs presented a 2011 Champions for Children Award to Home Forward Executive Director Steve Rudman at their annual dinner on November 9.  The non-profit honors individuals whose contributions are changing lives and building futures.

In her remarks, Janus board member Amy Joseph Pederson said that the inscription "Leader, Partner, Innovator, Bridge Builder" was an apt description for someone who "has been a community champion, advocating for partnerships and collaborations that make a difference for vulnerable adults and especially for children."  She cited Steve's vision for a new elementary school as part of the New Columbia HOPE VI redevelopment.  "Many people thought Steve was crazy because Portland had not built a new elementary school in decades," she said, "He charged ahead anyway because of his belief that education is one of the most effective tools to break the cycle of poverty. Through partnerships he built with Portland Public Schools, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Parks Bureau, the Rosa Parks Elemenary School was built in New Columbia."

Pederson also noted that Steve's support has been "central to the growth and development" of the Village Gardens Agriculture Initiative at Janus, as well as the Village Store Janus operates at New Columbia.  Both initiatives have meant that hundreds of low-income children, teenagers and adults have access to fresh, heathy, organic food grown in community-run gardens on Home Forward property.

Steve, right, is pictured above with Janus Executive Director Dennis Morrow, left.