West Women's and Children's Domestic Violence Shelter

Mission of The Salvation Army West Women's and Children's Shelter. Create a safe and nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence.
Feb 22, 2012

Holiday Wishes Granted

Dear Friend of the West,

Please accept our genuine appreciation for your financial support over this past holiday season.  GlobalGiving donors provided $910 towards granting the Holiday Wishes of our residents past and present.

In 2011, we answered 5,316 crisis calls, provided emergency shelter to 154 women and children, stabilized 67 women and children within our two year transitional housing program, and utilized over 4,856 volunteer hours to accomplish our work.  None of this would have been possible without your partnership. 

Over the holiday season, we were able to extend our assistance to more survivors than ever before.  Over 200 women and children were provided with holiday assistance.  This was only possible due to the generosity, kindness, and volunteerism we continue to be so fortunate to receive here at the West.  The greatest gift survivors, staff, and volunteers received this year was hope. Hope that we are not alone in our mission to end domestic violence.  Hope that some cares about our struggles. And, hope that people are genuinely kind and giving and want to help others.  Each year, I am personally so thankful for these gifts I receive from you, our generous donors.

“Thank you for the gifts that made this Holiday one of my favorites.  Our Christmas was calm and peaceful.  Thank you for everything you have done to help my family.”

- Girl, age 12

Dec 22, 2011

Ongoing project report

The ongoing project of West Women's and Children's Shelter has generated close to $5,000 of financial support to the shelter and our core services such as advocacy, meals, child care, emergency shelter, and support groups.  The shelter and transitional housing programs serve up to 200 women and children a year who are escaping domestic violence and seeking safety.  As governmental funding and private donations continue to become more restricted the support from GlobalGiving.org is extremely important to our ability to sustain services to those who need us.  The money raised from this project has gone directly to West Women's and Children's Shelter supporting our mission to create a safe nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence.

The following is what survivors are saying about the West “I would have never have made it without the help of the West Women’s Shelter and their Advocates, all staff should be given a certificate of excellence for services provided, staff is very compassionate and understanding and know how access resources for survivors, thank you for believing in me and being my support, I was blessed to be at the West and get the help I needed to help me and my children stay out of a violent situation, I came in with a backpack, I received such support, I built up my self esteem with the help of staff and other residents encouraging me, people helping people, I learned I am not alone, and that I can always reach out for help and the West will be there for me and my family.  Someday I want to give back with my kids at the shelter.”  This is just some of the very valuable feedback we have received from participants exiting shelter about our services.

Sep 15, 2011

Project Report

Since 1980, The West Women’s and Children’s Shelter has provided a safe, nurturing environment, emergency and transitional housing, and support services to domestic violence survivors and their children in the Portland area.  Our programs include:

Emergency Shelter/Assessment Program for victims of domestic violence and homeless women and children:  24-hour-a-day emergency housing, food, and clothing for 60 days. 

Transitional Housing Program:  Transitional housing for single women and children up to 24 months with a focus on self sufficiency and goal planning.

Family and Children’s Program: Therapeutic childcare services including the Portland Children’s Intervention Program (PChiP), a program that was developed with funding from the City of Portland to help small Children who have witnessed domestic violence. 

 Additional Client Support includes advocacy, parenting classes, culturally specific domestic violence groups, childcare, GED tutoring and preparation, self defense and safety workshops, educational support, employment and housing resources, drug and alcohol support groups and many other services.

The generous donations received via www.globalgiving.org has continued to sustain these services for domestic violence survivors and we are very grateful for the ongoing support for this project.

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