Support survivors escaping domestic violence

by Raphael House of Portland
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Support survivors escaping domestic violence
Support survivors escaping domestic violence
Support survivors escaping domestic violence

Project Report | Mar 19, 2024
Letter from Adela, survivor and mother

By Quinn Wilson | Development Manager

No one dreams of bringing their newborn home from the hospital to a shelter. But when I got pregnant, things with my ex got worse really fast. Suddenly it wasn’t only me he was hurting.

I’d do anything to protect my baby, I just didn’t have anywhere to go... That was the scariest time in my life.

Thankfully Raphael House had room in their shelter. Everyone there really showed up for us, and my advocate even drove me to the hospital after my water broke. 

My little girl was born right before new years, so it felt like a fresh start in many ways. I named her Luz, which means light. 

When I brought her home to Raphael House, the staff and some other moms in shelter helped, even late into the night. I was afraid Luz wouldn’t have anything new, but they threw me a baby shower with gifts and a pretty cake. (So many happy tears!) 

Now we’re in our own place, and my advocates are still there for us. I go back for support group and to get diapers and food. Everyone really cares, and I don’t feel alone. 

Our future is bright now, and I couldn't have gotten here without Raphael House. Thank you for donating so other families have this chance, and a circle of support like we do.

In gratitude, 

Adela + Luz

P.S. Luz is learning to crawl, and I started online school! Thanks for your support and helping us both have a new life.


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Raphael House of Portland

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @RaphaelHouse
Project Leader:
Elyse Flury
Portland , OR United States

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