Rose Haven operates in a community that is plagued by homelessness.
The 2015 Point in Time Count (initiated by the Cities of Portland and Gresham, the Portland Housing Bureau, Home Forward and A Home for Everyone) shows the rate of unsheltered women has increased 15% (29% of which are women with children), and unsheltered families have increased 24% since 2013. This is consistent with the growth we have experienced at our day shelter.
In 2016 Rose Haven served more women and children than ever before; 3,191 unique women and children collectively visited us 18,817 times for services, supplies, and support. However, rather than celebrating this accomplishment, we recognize that Rose Haven’s growth is due to the rising rates of poverty and need for our services in the community.
Rose Haven not only helps women with basic necessities on a day-to-day basis but our advocates guide them towards building sustainable lives for themselves. In 2016, we served 19,190 meals, our shop distributed 5,143 hygiene kits, and our advocates held 3,862 one-on-one appointments assisting our guests with housing, job searches and more.
As our guests begin the healing process, the changes in their lives lead to healing in our urban community as a whole.