Raphael House of Portland
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, 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 – including people with disabilities and of every age, race, gender identity, faith, sexual orientation, income level, immigration status, and national origin. 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 rely on community support to maintain our vital programs.
We believe there is power in prevention. Through June 30, NWGSDPDX will generously provide a 1:1 match for all donations in support of our Prevention Education Program, up to $5,000.
Our Prevention Education Program provides free comprehensive education on domestic and dating violence and healthy relationships throughout the Portland Metro area. Over the past school year, the program’s staff of two has reached 1,935 high school students, 914 middle school students, and 614 adults through 224 workshops and trainings!
By teaching youth about healthy relationships, warning signs of abuse, and consent we hope to one day eliminate domestic and sexual violence. And in the meantime, we’re having a lasting impact on young people and helping create a culture that is safer and more inclusive for everyone.
What we do...
Raphael House works to facilitate the empowerment of domestic violence survivors by guiding them to recognize their own strengths in a safe and respectful environment. We provide resources, tools, and support to help individuals and families reach their personal goals. In addition to immediate safety and basic needs, survivors have access to ongoing programs and case management designed to help them achieve permanent housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.
We offer emergency shelter in a confidential location, support on a 24-hour shelter access line, a robust Prevention Education Program, and rental assistance, financial empowerment, and case management through our Advocacy Center and our Home in Hand/Hogar en Mano Housing Program.
We serve a diverse community of adults and children escaping domestic violence; more than half of our residents and program participants are youth, and our shelter and programming are gender- inclusive. Over a quarter of our residents self-identify as having a disability. Currently 20% of Advocacy Center participants are immigrants and 10% identify as LGBTQIA+.
Access to affordable housing continues to be a primary barrier for families seeking safety, in part due to the challenging rental market in Portland. We know that when survivors have safety and stability, they can begin to rebuild their lives; we support this process in three ways: our Home in Hand/Hogar en Mano Housing Program (rental assistance), a full-time shelter Housing Specialist (who helps residents remove barriers to securing safe housing), and we also host the Housing Coordinator of the new Shelter to Stability program. She addresses the housing goals, needs, and barriers of domestic violence survivors residing in the three emergency shelters in Multnomah County (including Raphael House), assisting them with housing readiness and building networks of support.
Other ways to support Raphael House
We would love to have NWGSDPDX attend our 40th Anniversary Gala on October 19th!
Donate an item or experience for our Gala. Vacation rentals, wine and spirits, experiences, services, and gift certificates are always in high demand.