Support 100 Portlanders escaping domestic violence

by Raphael House of Portland
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Support 100 Portlanders escaping domestic violence
Support 100 Portlanders escaping domestic violence
Support 100 Portlanders escaping domestic violence

For 40 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence. 

We're honored to share our latest Statement of Impact, which shows the difference your gifts make in our community and in the lives of the adults and children we serve.

Please take a moment to click on the link below and learn more about all we've accomplished in the past year with your help, and also to step into the shoes of a survivor.

This year's Statement of Impact follows Martina and her children on their journey through our programs.

When Martina and her sons arrived at Raphael House, she was six months pregnant. They had tried to escape her husband's abuse many times before, but were always found. Martina finally turned to our shelter hoping it would allow them to leave for good. Taking that step was hard, but the family had each other, and that’s what mattered to her most. 

We hope this shines a light on the many steps survivors must take to achieve safety and stability, and how Raphael House helps families build lives free from abuse.

We are grateful for your support, which makes all of this possible!


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Recent training
Recent training

Our Prevention Education Program works with community partners to fulfill our mission of someday ending domestic violence. We recently doubled our team and now have two full-time prevention education positions, enabling us to reach more students and community members. We’re excited to be expanding our domestic and sexual violence prevention efforts into the hospitality industry!

Three local restaurants, Church, Dig A Pony, and The 1905, recently invited our Prevention Education team to host a special workshop with their teams. They are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for both staff and customers, so we explored tools and tactics for addressing gendered violence, and shared about available resources.

“Church has embarked on a long-term partnership with Raphael House in order to prevent sexual assault and coercion in the hospitality industry. Our hope is to make a powerful and lasting impact on bar and restaurant culture in order to make our establishments safe and welcoming to all. We value safety, inclusion, support, and respect as essential tenets of the community we all want and deserve.” – Steven Cook, Church Bar

We look forward to growing this partnership long-term, and working together to create meaningful change within the bar and restaurant industry.

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Recent youth art in shelter
Recent youth art in shelter

For 40 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary in 2017 and look ahead to the future, we are reaffirming our guiding beliefs as an agency.

We believe that domestic violence is preventable.

We believe that everyone deserves to live a life free from violence, oppression, and fear.

We believe that the foundation of this work begins with creating a more equitable society for all people – of every age, race, gender identity, faith, sexual orientation, income level, ability, immigration status, and national origin.

The current political climate gravely concerns all of us at Raphael House. As an organization that supports people from marginalized communities, we see firsthand how changes in immigration policy, healthcare access, LGBTQIA+ rights, and funding directly threaten the safety of the survivors we serve.

But when there is darkness, we look for the light. During our four decades of helping families break the cycle of violence, we have discovered that maintaininghope is what connects our past, present, and future.

We are more committed than ever to supporting ALL individuals throughout their journey to safety. We believe that violence-free lives are possible, and deserved, and that hope is the key to our future.

We will continue to work to prevent violence until there is no longer a need for our services. Until that day is here, we need to maintain our vital programs.

Your support illuminates the darkness for those escaping domestic violence – thank you.

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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
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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.

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Raphael House of Portland

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Project Leader:
Elyse Flury
Portland, OR United States
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