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Braking Cycles is Transitional Youth’s extended downtown ministry in Portland, Oregon USA.
It combines all the immediate power of our traditional outreach with new opportunities for our young people to dream, reach and achieve. By tapping into Portland’s beloved art and coffeehouse scenes as well as the city’s formidable bike culture, Braking Cycles promotes creativity, sustainability and—perhaps best of all—healthy self-sufficiency.
Braking Cycles is the first point of contact with our organization for hundreds of young people who are at serious risk or in dire need. It also represents the first moments of new relationship, new opportunity and even a new future for many who perceive no future worth claiming for themselves. Dedicated staff and volunteers serve youth hot and nutritious meals and distribute clothing, hygiene items and inclement-weather gear to homeless and at-risk youth.
Braking Cycles Bikes, Braking Grounds Coffee, Traction Mentoring and the Prayer Sponsorship Program help homeless and at-risk youth lay the groundwork for their own long-term solutions. Old cycles of despair are broken, and the new cycle becomes one of lasting positive change.
Transitional Youth offers youth the opportunity to build healthy and satisfying lives within a comfortable and uplifting environment at our three residential homes.
Junction House in Vancouver, Washington USA is a residence for young men offering multifaceted programs embodying the principle that home is where the start is. In Junction House, young men at a variety of different starting- or restarting-points in life find not only a place to call “home,” but a safe and supportive springboard to healthy self-sufficiency.
Ritz Family Ranch in Yacolt, Washington USA features the Trails of Life program, designed to help young men make the transition from poverty and/or addiction to an independent and healthy future. Because this constitutes whole-person, long-term change, the program contains both a home component and a work component, each of which builds on the skills fostered in the other. The home component unfolds at Ritz Family Ranch, and the work component unfolds in tandem at nearby Royal Ridges Retreat.
Beaverton House in Beaverton, Oregon USA offers a residential program designed to build self-sufficiency, self-respect and solid social relationships. Its purpose is also to help homeless, addicted and/or at-risk young men complete school, secure meaningful employment, and lay claim to an independent and healthy future. The program combines a formal small-group curriculum with community service and direct participation in an addiction-recovery process. This three-pronged approach promotes well-integrated and lasting change.