Rose Haven - Portland, OR

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627 NW 18th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
: 503-248-6364
: http://rosehaven.org/
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Description: Rose Haven serves women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. Rose Haven’s mission is to maintain a safe, respectful community while providing our guests with support and services to assist them in regaining stability in their lives. Our current programs include: Advocacy:Rose Haven’s Advocacy Program provides one-on-one assistance to women in crisis through comprehensive mentorship, financial aid and live saving referrals. Each guest at Rose Haven meets with an advocate on their first visit to triage their needs and connect them with appropriate programs both on-site and with outside agencies. Most women schedule repeated appointments, creating a relationship and plan of action to improve their lives. During one-on-one visits, Rose Haven advocates advise on the complex system of social services, secure new identification papers, set up voicemail accounts, mailing addresses and tend the needs of their children. Advocates also provide assistance with budgeting, resume writing, and employment to provide long-term solutions to their immediate needs. Hospitality: Rose Haven’s hospitality is the communal living room, dining room and for many, the closest thing they have to a home. Here women can eat, rest, or participate in a variety of available activities in a respectful and safe environment. We provide healthy meals during hospitality hours, and guests can interact with others in a safe and welcoming community setting while enjoying companionship rarely experienced when living on the street. Due to the increasing need for our services, we doubled our hours of hospitality in 2013. Women and children are now provided a safe, warm place to gather at Rose Haven, 5 days a week from 8:30am-3pm. Our Shop: Rose Haven manages a “shop” that distributes donated clothing and supplies to those in need. Women are given the opportunity once each month (or as needed in emergency situations) to shop for items needed including warm coats, under garments, professional clothing for interviews, children’s clothes, diapers, hygiene products and other personal care items; free of charge. By creating a personal shopping experience for those who cannot afford to otherwise purchase items, we not only provide necessary supplies, but boost our guest’s self-confidence. Classes & Groups: At our center, we offer a variety of classes designed to create community and help our guests connect over something other than the challenging circumstances that bring them to us. We offer courses such as Rent-Well, (which helps people transition back into permanent housing), career assistance, life skills programs, writing classes, book clubs, support groups and creative art programs. These activities help our guests by giving opportunities to learn, be creative, heal, and improve relationships with others and within themselves. Medical Programs: We partner with various community health workers and student nurses who are available to Rose Haven guests both during hospitality and during extended clinic hours to address their medical concerns. This gives our guests the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from a professional on nutrition, medication, foot care and other health issues. Our current partners include National College of Natural Medicine, University of Portland Nursing School, Linfield College Nursing School and Clackamas College School of Nursing. Message Center: One of the many obstacles that women who live on the streets have to overcome is how to communicate with social service contacts and seek job opportunities without the convenience of a phone, address or home computer. Homelessness is a catch-22 where you cannot find a home without a job, and vice versa. We help them overcome this by providing phone, voice mail, email access and US mail service for our guests. Community: Rose Haven is both a day shelter and community center with multiple services for women and children; however community is the critical underpinning of what we do. Each woman comes to Rose Haven for different reasons, however if you ask the women why they come here, the theme that consistently comes up is how important it is to have a safe, respectful and welcoming place to get assistance, heal, and set down their concerns as well as their belongings without judgment


Volunteers Requests by Rose Haven : Rose Haven functions with a small staff that values and relies on volunteers on a daily basis. Our volunteers gain the privilege of serving, and being enriched by the incredible women and children who come to enjoy the community we create together. In 2014 we had 279 volunteers who logged a total 9,300 hours, which is the equivalent of 4-5 full- time employees. Although Rose Haven hospitality is devoted to women and children, we have many opportunities for men to volunteer. Guests can choose if they want to sign up for activities where they interact with male volunteer on-site (such as computer lab), and there are also opportunities to help our women off-site (such as drives and special events). There are many ways to get involved at Rose Haven, detailed below. Hospitality: The following job descriptions are carried out in hospitality, and limited to female identified volunteers. Kitchen: Work with staff to prepare nutritious meals in our renovated warming kitchen. Meal Service: Serve delicious, hot meals prepared in our kitchen to those who need it most. This is a great role for those who like to socialize and be engaged with our guests. Triage Assistant: Work at the front desk as support to our Intake and Triage Coordinator. This includes socializing and assisting with guests needs as well as finding and retrieving requested items. Activities and Classes: Rose Haven has many activities that can be fun to facilitate; such as art, Writing, books clubs and more. Bring your unique skill set and create an activity for our ladies. Organizational Help: These duties are open to anyone of any gender. Computer Lab: Share your skills by facilitating tutoring, resume building, job searches, budgeting and more. Sorting: Help sort, stock and organize the donations we receive daily for our shop. Medical Consulting: Nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners and other experienced health care people needed to staff our medical consulting office during hospitality hours. Pick-ups and Delivery: Rose Haven is able to provide resources to those in need because of generous donations from our community partners. We need volunteers to deliver food, diapers, clothing and more from all over the metro area on various days. Events: Special events are a great way to raise funds and create awareness for Rose Haven. Please let us know if you’d like to volunteer at one of our annual events, or host a party or a community awareness activity of your own. Organize a Drive for in-Kind Donations: Volunteers are needed to reach out to organizations, schools and the community for donated items such as hygiene, coats, undergarments and other items our women and children need on a regular basis. Ongoing Committees: Serve on one of our committees–development/outreach or board of directors.


Donation Requests by Rose Haven : Women’s And Children’s Clothing (all sizes): New and like-new items only please! Do to limited storage capacity, Rose Haven is only able to accept in-season clothing donations. Things we ALWAYS need: – Underwear (new only) – Bras (new only) – Socks (new only) – Bra extenders – Jewelry – Practical walking shoes – Belts (Large sizes needed most) Personal Care Items: New and unopened please – Feminine hygiene – tampons & pads – Hand sanitizer – Deodorant – Shampoo & conditioner (travel size is ideal) – Soap & body wash – Toothbrushes & toothpaste – Body lotion – Combs/brushes – Pocket Tissues – First aid supplies – Razors – makeup – Incontinence pads General Supplies – Backpacks (with and without wheels) – Handled shopping bags – Rolling suitcases and carts – Sleeping bags – Umbrellas – Reading glasses – Sewing kits Household Supplies – Blankets – Towels – Sheets & pillowcases Office Supplies – Computer paper (8.5 x 11) – Laptops – USB memory sticks – Manila folders (8.5 x 11) – Message pads



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