15 Years of Comedy, 15 Years of Making a Difference

For the past fifteen years, the Steve Allen Comedy Show has been New Avenues’ signature fundraising event, raising a total of almost $4.5 million in support of our mission to prevent and end youth homelessness. Founded by long-time board member Joan Allen and her husband Brian Allen, the first event featured Brian’s father – the […]

Avenues to College – Class of 2020

We are so excited for this great group of students preparing to head into college at PCC this fall!  Our Avenues to College cohort includes nine youth who are now completing a 16-week Leadership Development training.  These motivated students will attend a Leadership Development workshop once a month and meet with Avenues to College staff a minimum of two times per month, […]

Unity House One Year Later

In September of 2015, we launched Unity House, Oregon’s first-ever housing program specifically for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. The opening of Unity House, through partnerships with Multnomah County and REACH CDC, has allowed New Avenues to create better outcomes for LGBTQ youth by expanding services offered through our program, SMYRC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth […]


I had a few really good mentors when I was growing up that supported me a great deal. So getting the chance the pay it forward is a big thing for me. Skot Cranmore is the Business Manager at New Avenues INK – our screen-printing social purpose enterprise. Skot, a 25- year veteran in the […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Bradley

Once a week for the past four years, Kim Bradley, AKA The Kitchen Queen, has been preparing and serving meals to youth in our Drop-In Day Service program. Kim is our queen because she works so hard to not only make each meal special but make each youth feel special.  A compassionate and generous volunteer and active New Avenues board […]

A New Approach to Learning

Operating since 1998, the Ronald Killough Education Center is one of the largest providers of education opportunities for homeless youth in Multnomah County. Open five days per week year-round, the accredited school is also co-located with our job-training program, Drop-In Day Services Center, and case management, counseling, and other program offerings, providing access for youth […]

We only need 2 more bottles to complete the Ultimate Bourbon County Stout Collection!  Interested in donating or need more info? Email us at  info@newavenues.org.  (We will contact you to arrange donation pick up.) 2009 Bourbon County Stout RECEIVED 2010 Rare Bourbon County Stout RECEIVED 2010 King Henry RECEIVED 2010 Bourbon County Vanilla RECEIVED 2010 Bourbon County […]

A reason to smile

For many of the young people we serve, unaddressed dental health issues have left them struggling for months and months with pain. And for most youth experiencing homelessness, access to dental care is out of reach. That’s why we are so are grateful to Medical Teams International (MTI) and the Ray Hickey Foundation – just last week, MTI drove […]

Statement from New Avenues for Youth on the Orlando shooting

“On behalf of New Avenues for Youth and the diverse young people we serve, I want to express our deep sadness over the horrific act of violence targeted at the LGBTQ community in Orlando yesterday. Our hearts go out to the victims and to their families, friends and community.   Despite the grief and fear we […]

East Connect

In response to the growing need  in the area, New Avenues’ East Connect program provides services to youth in East County at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. We work with existing partners in the community to expand homelessness prevention and early intervention services in SE Portland by offering: Mentoring & advocacy from staff trained in Trauma […]