Who we are
Transitional Youth works to bring hope and healthy transformation to at-risk youth in Oregon and Washington. We believe relationship is key to discipleship. It starts with a meal, a conversation, and unconditional high regard.
What We Offer:
By providing outreach, support, and housing to homeless and at-risk youth, we seek to transform both hearts and lives through compassion, guidance and the grace of God.
To present at-risk youth with opportunities that will cultivate a healthy future.
Statement of Faith:
The Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his death on the cross, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return. We believe people receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life through a relationship with Jesus.
It’s estimated there are 500 homeless youth in downtown Portland alone. There are hundreds more across the metro area and even more aging out of foster care and other youth agencies.
The reasons behind these kinds of family dynamic breakdowns are complex; from drug addiction, generational poverty and gang involvement, mental health issues, increased costs of living and cuts in support services.
We believe, with your help, we can stand in the gap for our youth and build bridges to a better tomorrow.
Rhona has worked with the marginalized youth of Portland her entire career; youth caught in the cycles of abuse, poverty, addiction, sex trafficking, homelessness, and hopelessness. Rhona knows firsthand the pull of the streets as she too was once one of the youth that she serves today.
Born at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Rhona’s first home became the family car for the first seven years of her life, along with three of her six siblings, a mother who came from abuse herself, and a father whose addictions and abuse would lead her mother to eventually escape to Portland, the city Rhona now considers home.
Rhona’s childhood was filled with neglect, abuse, loneliness and points of despair so deep she started using drugs at 12 years old, was on the streets as a runaway and a throw away at 13, and by 14 was a teen mom.
As Rhona became a mother at this tender age, she experienced hope for the first time in her life. At 14 she called out to God and dared Him to reveal the reality of His existence. He did, and Rhona never looked back. That tiny thread of hope was all she needed to fight; fight for her baby girl, fight for her life.
Today, Rhona serves the youth of Portland on the very streets she came from. She is the Founder of Braking Cycles, and she feels great honor to be Executive Director for a faith-based ministry called Transitional Youth (www.transitionalyouth.org).
Rhona is the mother of four beautiful adult daughters and the proud grandmother to five. She has devoted her life to God, her family and bringing the marginalized youth of Portland hope through the transforming message of the outrageous love of God, our rescuer and restorer.