We're not letting up — survivors need support more than ever.
We're not letting up — survivors need support more than ever.
Updates from our advocacy team
This crisis hasn’t stopped us from being a lifeline for survivors of domestic violence—in fact, families need us now more than ever! Over 400 adults and children rely on Raphael House for shelter, food and hygiene supplies, housing, safety planning, financial assistance, and for help navigating any challenges that endanger their safety and stability. Your support makes it possible for us to help those in need.
See below for updates from our programs and learn how we’ve adjusted to continue offering critical services throughout this pandemic!
Shout out to our incredible team!
Our staff have been working 24/7 to ensure every survivor who reaches out for help receives the support they deserve—all while keeping our community healthy and safe! We're in awe of everyone’s creativity, flexibility, and tenacity.
Heartfelt thanks to every member of our amazing and committed team!
How we're standing with survivors
Staff and residents have been wearing masks when in community spaces
Life in our emergency shelter
We have a house full of families and are still here to support everyone in healing and rebuilding after abuse!
Our team has continued to help survivors move from our shelter into their own apartments over the past month. And we're screening in new families as space becomes available.
Some of the many changes we’ve made to protect the health of our residents and staff include supplying families and our team with masks to wear whenever outside their room; providing all assistance by phone; and, thanks to a generous funder, installing mini fridges in each of our private bedrooms to limit time spent in our communal kitchen.
Home isn't safe for everyone
Across the community, those who live with domestic violence have been forced into isolation with dangerous abusers. Because of this heightened threat, need for our confidential shelter is more critical than ever! We are committed to staying open throughout this crisis, while taking great precautions to keep everyone healthy. Our 24-hour hotline also remains a resource for anyone in need at (503) 222-6222.
Helping families stay stable
Many of the families in our community programs have been struggling to meet their basic needs. That’s why we’ve been delivering food boxes, Activity Kits for kids, and hygiene supplies directly to survivors' homes.
In fact, our team distributed over 4,000 pounds of food in March alone – more than double what we usually provide each month!
Our advocates are also continuing to offer wrap-around support to families over the phone – everything from navigating unemployment to advocating with landlords. Plus, this month we launch our first ever virtual support group series.
An Easter surprise in our shelter
Celebrating the first holiday after leaving an abusive partner is a major milestone for many survivors. We are deeply grateful to community members who came together to provide families in our shelter with goodie bags and a delicious meal, helping mark Easter in a joyful way for those who were celebrating!
We're here for young survivors, too!
Our advocates have been busy supporting the more than 300 children and teens in our programs — from helping families navigate e-learning, to assembling and delivering Activity Kits filled with games, toys, and art supplies.
For each of the 20 growing kiddos in our emergency shelter, we’ve also been picking up healthy lunches from Portland Public Schools daily. And these families have all been provided with a laptop to make online learning and social distancing easier!
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