Every year, Willamette Week honors four Portlanders 35 and under who do fabulous work for local nonprofits by awarding them the Skidmore Prize. Winners must work at a local nonprofit, be 35 and under, work 32 hours a week or more and make $40,000 a year or less.
This year Drew Gadbois, our amazing Addictions Counselor Supervisor, was chosen as one of four Skidmore Award honorees. Drew has been working with youth for over 10 years. Drew himself was a troubled homeless teen who overcame tremendous odds, and now dedicates his life to helping other kids find freedom and confidence to build a life worth living. Of nearly 600 kids Drew has individually counseled at De Paul, at least 70 percent have successfully graduated from the program.
“Drew is passionate and driven when it comes to creating freedom from addiction in the youth of our community. He is particularly skilled at reaching a difficult-to-reach population.”—Erin DeVet, Director of Youth & Family Services, De Paul Treatment Center