Mission: We believe everyone deserves to live a life free of violence. The mission of raphael house is to engage our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, community outreach, and providing a safe haven from domestic violence.
Programs: Emergency services: each year up to 100 survivors and their children stay at raphael house of portland's emergency shelter an average of seven weeks. It is confidentially located and can house up to 40 survivors and their children at one time. The shelter is a safe and comfortable environment where women and children can access the resources necessary to help build a violence-free life.
community education and response programs: raphael house of portland maintains a commitment to education and raising awareness in the community about the effects of domestic violence. Through our outreach and educational programs we educate high school and middle school students on the warning signs of intimate violence as well as their rights within all relationships. We are also committed to raising awareness about domestic violence in the workplace so businesses and employees know their rights if they or someone they know is experiencing intimate partner violence. Raphael house of portland had two advocates out-stationed at the portland police bureau during the year. These advocates worked specifically with survivors involved with some level of the criminal justice system. One of the advocates worked collaboratively with other community partners through the domestic violence enhanced response team (dvert) working toward victim safety for high risk and high lethality domestic violence situations. In september 2013 funding for this program was eliminated and the program was terminated.
home in hand/hoqar en mano housing program: the organization operates a scattered site housing program. Up to twenty women and their children are assisted through housing and on-going advocacy for a period of up to 24 months.
youth program: the youth program provides advocacy, safety planning and developmentally appropriate activities for our emergency shelter residents under 18 years of age. Advocacy center program: the advocacy center program provides survivors with services after they have left shelter. Services provided include access to computers, support groups, employment support, among others. Volunteer program: the volunteer program identifies and trains volunteers to provide services to the organization in several ways such as answering our access line, homework club, gardening, cooking classes, general maintenance, among others.