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.
Jan 30, 2017

Holiday Program at Raphael House of Portland

Holiday Program volunteers
Holiday Program volunteers

For survivors of domestic violence, the holidays can be an especially difficult and isolating time. Each December, we invite over 100 families to come to Raphael House and pick out gifts for themselves and their children.

Portland received more than a dusting of snow and ice, but this didn’t prevent our donors and volunteers from making this year’s Holiday Program a success. We provided toys, clothing, kitchen appliances, personal care items, and so much more to 103 families including 230 children. Families reconnected and kiddos participated in creative activities while their parents “shopped.” This was all made possible by more than 70 community donation drives and 90 volunteers who contributed 395 hours in just eight days!

Thanks to their generosity and your support of Raphael House of Portland, the holidays were filled with hope for survivors in our programs.

Toy room
Toy room
Clothing room
Clothing room
Dec 6, 2016

Year-end Update

We completed our fiscal year on June 30 of this year and recently finished evaluating our programs and services and numbers served.  Thanks to your generous support, our shelter was able to accomplish the following last year:

 Our emergency shelter housed 49 adults and 59 children.

  • 100% of residents developed a safety plan.
  • 94% completed two or more of their goals.
  • 80% moved to a safe living situation when they exited our shelter.
  • The average length of stay was two and a half months.
  • The 24-hour shelter access line provided support to 1,031 callers.

Feedback from current and past residents continues to show that our unique engagement model, implemented during the second half of 2014, continues to improve our impact on survivors. Residents may stay up to six months, based on their progress towards individualized goals designed to help them achieve permanent housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. This is successfully helping survivors establish an integrated network of support and community.

Thank you again for your support of Raphael House. Your assistance helps provide long-term stability for the individuals and families we serve.

Nov 1, 2016

Raphael House is now gender inclusive

Shelter room
Shelter room

Did you know that this year we opened our shelter to male-identified survivors? Raphael House of Portland is now a gender inclusive agency. 

Since 2010, our staff has been planning, researching, training, collaborating, and preparing for this shift at every level! Serving female-identified, male-identified, and gender nonconforming survivors through all of our services reflects our belief that everyone deserves a life free from violence.

Gender inclusivity is important to Raphael House because we know that domestic violence impacts people in our community regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

We have been serving male dependants of all ages for years, and are proud to accept shelter referrals for anyone immediately experiencing intimate partner violence and in need of confidential shelter, regardless of their gender.

Thank you for your generous support of Raphael House, and of our work to be inclusive of all survivors!

 
   

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