Raphael House of Portland

We believe that everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. The mission of Raphael House is to engage our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, and community outreach, and by providing a safe haven from domestic violence.
Aug 26, 2015

Thriving in a Culture of Hope

Received with a $20 donation in the mail
Received with a $20 donation in the mail

“From my lemonade stand.” – From a note included with a recent donation.

We were so delighted to receive a colorful drawing in the mail recently, and in the envelope was a $20 bill. We know that summer brings plenty of opportunities for spending money on things like ice cream and going to the movies. But “T” chose to donate this hard-earned money from their lemonade stand to help other kids and their families find safety.

Raphael House was voted one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to work for as a result of Oregon Business Magazine’s 2015 survey. Those of us lucky enough to work here know that Raphael House is special. There are coloring book pages on the table during staff meetings. A Wellness Committee and opportunities for self-care. Investment in the professional and personal growth of our team. Our high retention rates speak to this: 40% of current employees have worked here for over five years and 11% have been here for more than ten.

Many employees deal with trauma daily and supervisors work to ensure that the agency’s culture helps both direct staff and volunteers navigate this environment. An agency-wide focus on supporting each other’s roles encourages open communication and a holistic understanding of what we work towards accomplishing together.

Raphael House was also recently honored with Rotary Club of Portland’s 2015 Ethics in Business Award, for ethical business practices “beyond the expected” in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.

Our staff is inspired and motivated by this recognition, the donation from “T,” and people like you who support our work throughout the year. Thank you!

2015 Ethics in Business ceremony
2015 Ethics in Business ceremony
Raphael House staff grow together!
Raphael House staff grow together!
Jun 18, 2015

Raphael House of Portland's Education Program

Portland Timbers Community Fund
Portland Timbers Community Fund

You generously support Raphael House of Portland’s emergency domestic violence shelter, the largest in Multnomah County. Did you know that we are the only agency in Oregon with a full-time education coordinator? Our Education Program works with community partners to fulfill our mission of someday ending domestic violence through innovative, awareness-raising services.

 We are incredibly honored to receive a generous grant from the Portland Timbers Community Fund. Our Housing Advocate was on the field for this special announcement at the May 27th game -- which the Timbers won!

This gift will support our Education Program, as we help expand Coaching Boys into Men into every Portland Public Schools high school. This Futures Without Violence prevention program supports athletic coaches and provides the tools and resources needed to help young male athletes develop respectful, non-violent relationships.

By providing age-appropriate and developmentally relevant education through our school-based programming, we lay a foundation for preventing future violence, creating a community that not only recognizes dating and sexual violence and supports those who experience it, but is invested in changing cultural norms to create a healthier and safer community for everyone.

We are grateful to the Timbers and to supporters like you for investing in our work to end violence.

Raphael House on the big screen!
Raphael House on the big screen!
Mar 18, 2015

Wellness at Raphael House

Valentine
Valentine's Day activities at Raphael House

While we promote self-care for our participants throughout the year, the transition from winter into spring is the perfect time to focus on indoor wellness activities for our participants at the shelter.

In January, Wellness Night in our Advocacy Center featured generous providers giving haircuts and makeovers, a massage therapist offering 15-minute appointments for moms, a relaxation yoga session, nail painting, and art activities for both kiddos and adults. January’s robust programming calendar also included Rent Well classes, group and one-on-one counseling sessions, a youth writing group, and more.

An incredible smorgasbord of art supplies were donated by The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, local Blick Art Materials stores, and a lot of very generous donors! We were blown away by the array of items, which included everything from oil pastels to acrylic paint, canvases to paint brushes, and so much more. The timing for this contribution couldn't be better. We've just added three new art support groups to our weekly Advocacy Center calendar and these supplies are the backbone for this therapeutic programming!

Our friends from the Junior League of Portland hosted a Crock Pot Lunch for 15 of our families. Participants enjoyed delicious, healthy, homemade dishes together and each mom went home with their very own crock pot and recipe booklet donated by the Junior League.

In February, we hosted a special self-care themed Valentine's Day event, which included cookie decorating, hair and massage services, and a relaxation yoga glass.  

We are so grateful to our volunteers, community partners, and donors like you. Your gifts help provide our families with healing, hope, and inspiration. For the most up to date information on activities and ways to get involved, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Wellness night
Wellness night
Wellness night
Wellness night
Junior League crockpot event
Junior League crockpot event
Donated supplies perfect for art support groups
Donated supplies perfect for art support groups

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