STAT EM EN T O F I M PAC T
For 40 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence.
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.
that violence-free lives are possible, and deserved, and that hope is the key to our future.
The mission of Raphael House is to engage our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education and community outreach, and by providing a safe haven from domestic violence.
www.raphaelhouse.com 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd. #503, Portland, OR 97214 | (503) 222-6507
Dear Friends, At Raphael House of Portland, we’re proud to be a safe haven for ALL domestic violence survivors. We support individuals and families throughout their journey and help them find housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. I’m honored to share this update about our recent accomplishments, which were made possible with your generosity. Those fleeing abuse must overcome many barriers to find safety. Immigrant and refugee survivors often have an even harder time accessing services because of their residency status, language barriers, isolation, and limited financial resources. Concerns about changes to immigration laws have only heightened fears. With approximately 20% of the survivors we serve being immigrants, our agency and participants face intensified challenges. Some families fear utilizing public transit or other social services. Others won’t go to places where they previously felt safe, like their children’s schools, police stations, and even local markets. Many parents are concerned about their children being bullied. Our staff works closely with survivors to navigate these challenges. We support all survivors in many ways; Raphael House’s continuum of services is designed to help residents achieve stability and thrive. It has never been more important to support our most vulnerable neighbors. We are honored to offer shelter and assistance without reservation, and with your help we will continue to remain a safe haven. Thank you.
TERI LORENZEN | Executive Director
WE REACH over 3,500 community members and survivors of domestic violence each year.
of the survivors we serve identify as people of color.
1 in 5
survivors accessing our Advocacy Center are immigrants.
1 in 10
survivors in our Advocacy Center identify as LGBTQIA+.
of survivors in our shelter selfidentify as having a disability.
| A N IN T RODUC T ION
For 40 years we have served thousands of survivors, each with their own unique story. We wanted to highlight one family’s journey through our programs. We hope this shines a light on the many steps a survivor must take to achieve safety and stability.
Martina and her two sons (aged 8 and 17) entered our shelter to escape her husband’s emotional and physical violence. The abuse escalated when she became pregnant with their first daughter. She had attempted to escape multiple times before, staying at the homes of friends and family members, but was always found. This time she decided to try a shelter with the hope it would allow them to leave for good. Taking that step was difficult, but she was committed to building a safe future for her family. As a Spanish-speaker, she was concerned about language barriers. Martina was forced to leave her job in order to flee, and was also worried about finding employment without documentation. She knew she’d have to be the sole provider from now on. But the family had each other, and that’s what mattered to her the most. Martina’s story continues throughout the following pages …
EM E RG E N C Y S H ELT ER Raphael House invests in authentic relationship building between our staff and the survivors who access our services. These connections promote communication and collaboration in working towards selfidentified goals for each family. When survivors commit to taking care of themselves in this way, they commit to being present for their children, persevering through challenging times, and seeking a better and safer future.
Your support made possible: Kept our shelter open and staffed year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Provided family-centered, culturally responsive, and gender-inclusive services. Survivors worked toward career goals including social work and nursing.
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$100 funds 24 hours of safety and support.
A resident recently said to me, ‘I’ve never been in a place like this before. It’s amazing, it’s like family. You all really care.’ I have so much appreciation for the shelter team and can feel the passion and caring that they bring to this work every day. - Christina McGovney, Shelter Coordinator
Martina didn’t realize how much she’d been living in fear until arriving in shelter six months pregnant. Here she was finally safe. It was a relief to find she could speak in Spanish with staff, and that everything her family needed was provided. When Martina went into labor, she had the support of a trusted advocate at the hospital and was comforted knowing her sons had the support of the shelter community.
YOU T H PRO G R AM Our Youth Program staff work with families agency-wide to identify strengths and needs, and to enhance parenting skills, build support systems, encourage resiliency, and increase attachment. Family relationships are often strained by domestic violence, and by valuing youth and adult needs equally we focus on supporting and strengthening the bonds within these relationships. In doing so, weâ€™ve created an environment where children and families can be successful and thrive.
Your support made possible: Provided balanced case management with youth and adult survivors, individually and together as families. Our 12-passenger van took families on fields trips, including berry picking and swimming.
pounds of produce
shop for their own
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$125 pays for a family to do their own back-to-school shopping.
I want to do things for my kids that my mother wasn’t able to do for me. I’m so glad I’m able to teach my children that they deserve better – that they have a right to safety and respect. - Aliyah, survivor and former shelter resident
Martina’s eight-year-old son Oliver initially had a hard time in shelter. While coming here was a positive step for his family, he had to leave behind everything familiar. He started acting out and his grades dropped, but we were there to support the whole family, offer homework help, and give Oliver a safe space to be a kid. Seeing him thrive helped Martina heal, too.
40 th Anniversary Matching Gift Challenge
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 your support to maintain our vital programs.
Double your donation no matter the amount!
GIFTS UNDER $100 WILL BE MATCHED in memory of Martha Cooper, up to $5,000 wife, mother, grandmother, and friend GIFTS OVER $100 WILL BE MATCHED by Clark Foundation, up to $5,000
Questions about the impact of your gift? Call Brenda Kinoshita, Director of Development | (503) 243-5115
VO LU N T E E R PRO GRA M We offer volunteer opportunities that engage the larger community in recognizing how their skills and time can positively impact survivors of trauma in significant ways. For more information about volunteering at Raphael House, please contact Alix Prior, Volunteer Program Coordinator, at (503) 243-5126.
295 volunteers and interns donated 5,243 hours.
H OU S I N G Survivors face unique obstacles to finding safe housing such as evictions, poor or no credit, and destruction of property, often as a direct result of domestic violence. Access to housing is a primary barrier due to Portlandâ€™s affordable rental crisis. We know that when survivors have safety and stability, they can begin to rebuild their lives. We support this process in three ways: Our shelterâ€™s Housing Specialist helps shelter residents overcome barriers, secure permanent housing, and build housing portfolios that show they can become successful renters. Our Home in Hand/Hogar en Mano Housing Program provides rental assistance and ongoing case management to 12-16 families each year. We host the Housing Coordinator of the Shelter to Stability program, which helps domestic violence survivors staying in Multnomah Countyâ€™s three emergency shelters (including Raphael House) overcome barriers to housing. The average debt that prevents a survivor from obtaining safe housing is less than $2,500.
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$45 covers the average cost of a rental application fee.
Without these programs and support, these families would likely enter the homeless system or be forced to return to their abusers. Every survivor deserves a new beginning and we do all we can to support families in locating safe housing and rebuilding their lives. - Linda Green, Shelter to Stability Housing Coordinator
Martina had $1,600 in debt and no rental history due to her abusive husband, which made obtaining safe housing a challenge. While staying in shelter, she attended financial empowerment classes, graduated from Rent Well en EspaĂąol, and accessed program resources to pay off her debt. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Martina was able to move the family into an apartment of their own.
ADVOC AC Y C E N T ER The combination of obstacles caused by domestic violence and Portlandâ€™s affordable housing crisis increases the need for consistent, long-term, and trauma-informed supports. Our Advocacy Center provides opportunities for both shelter residents and non-residential participants to maintain supportive relationships and access continued resources as they rebuild their lives. Programming includes family activities and group events in addition to support groups, counseling, individualized follow-up services, and life skills workshops.
Your support made possible: Bilingual advocacy including resource navigation, court accompaniment, and credit counseling sessions. Expanded home visits and wellness checks, including specialized youth support. Supported families in finding culturally specific food, budgeting, and making healthy meal choices.
$150 covers family safety planning around immigration issues.
My whole life has changed. Iâ€™m stable and can model healthy behaviors for my children for the first time in our lives. I am amazed at how much I have grown. - Bianca, survivor and former shelter resident
Martina started attending Latinas Unidas support groups while in shelter, and continues to visit our Advocacy Center to stay connected with fellow survivors and trusted staff. By the time her daughter was walking, she had applied for and received her residence card. Other survivors encouraged her to enroll in a medical assistant program, and now Martina is working toward her long-term career goals.
PRE V E N T I O N E DUC ATION 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 educators. Their work lays a foundation for preventing future violence, creating a community that not only recognizes dating and sexual violence and supports those who experience it, but is also invested in changing cultural norms to create a healthier and safer community for everyone!
Your support made possible: Reached every 9th grade student at Cleveland High School with consent workshops. Presented workshops at nine new school campuses. Provided support to Grant High School students, staff, and administration addressing rape culture.
topics such as healthy
$160 provides one workshop at a local school.
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. - Steven Cook, Church Bar
Last school year, we launched a Teen Peer Mentors program. This group of a dozen high school and college-aged volunteers supports our Prevention Education Program with classroom presentations and events. They meet monthly to debrief, train on topics like reframing difficult questions, and plan upcoming projects. Most importantly, this program empowers peers to have a voice and support one another.
FIN ANCI A L S N A PSHOT Community support is essential to Raphael House, and to the safety of the adults and children we serve. Each year we must raise over $1,000,000 to ensure that our life-saving services are available to families fleeing violence in their own homes. Your donations make this possible. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year. D ONATED MATE R I A LS & SERV I C ES 10%
C O N T R I BU T I O N S 49%
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$ 1 , 897,0 4 6 GOVER NMENT CO NTR ACT S 41%
E MER G ENCY SHELT ER 53% A D M I N I S T R AT I O N 8%
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$ 1 ,93 4, 870
LO NG TER M HO U S I NG 11%
C O M M U N I T Y E D U CAT I O N 4% VO L U N T E E R P RO G R A M 3% ADVOCAC Y C E N T E R 6%
RAPHAEL HOUSE DIRECTORS Teri Lorenzen, Executive Director Brenda Kinoshita, Director of Development Emmy Ritter, Director of Programs and Services
RAPHAEL HOUSE COORDINATORS Linda Green, Shelter to Stability Coordinator Nick Guerrero, Prevention Education Coordinator Amanda Ives, Development Manager Christina McGovney, Shelter Coordinator Alix Prior, Volunteer and Internship Program Coordinator Alicia Rios, Housing Coordinator Lindsey Vold, Youth Program Coordinator Jessica Walker, Grant Writer
RAPHAEL HOUSE BOARD Amalia Alarcรณn de Morris, President, Consultant Nicole Frisch, Vice President, Community Relations Director, First Tech Federal Credit Union Michelle Erickson, Treasurer, Commercial Banking Team Leader, Senior Vice President, Umpqua Bank Krista Tappan, Secretary, Advertising Account Executive, Portland Business Journal Tracy Curtis, Executive Vice President, Oregon Regional President, Wells Fargo Lucas Diaz, Client Executive Director, RSM US LLP Jane Henderson, Freelance Index Writer, Indexplorations AJ Ijaz, Vice President of Retirement Plans, Standard Insurance Company Blerina Kotori, Partner, Tonkon Torp LLP Chloe Mason, Model, Entrepreneur, Author Tracy Morrisseau, Director of Business Development, Jordan/Nike Serene Perkins, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Clinical Research, Legacy Research Institute Susanna Taylor Stewart, Account Executive, Employee Benefits, Brown & Brown Northwest Fr. Matthew Tate, Archpriest, Church of the Annunciation Christina Vander Werf, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Providence Health & Services Theresa Weil, Mixed Media Artist and Teacher
Dine out to support survivors!
Restaurants for Raphael House May 2018
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Holiday Program November â€“ December 2017
Purchase tickets online at www.raphaelhouse.com.
40th Anniversary Gala October 19, 2017
Plan to support us in the coming year!
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P 503.222.6507 | F 503.222.4754 www.raphaelhouse.com
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd. #503 Portland, Oregon 97214
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For 40 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence. We're...
Published on Sep 11, 2017
For 40 years Raphael House of Portland has helped domestic violence survivors and their families find safety, hope, and independence. We're...