Rose Haven Shower Program Grand Opening
Access to showers remains one of the greatest needs of the homeless living in Portland. A recent report by Portland State University shows that our city seriously lacks shower facilities for the homeless. Forty percent of 550 homeless people surveyed for the study said they developed staph infections, scabies, endocarditis and urinary tract infections because they didn’t have a reliable way to stay clean. Many of them said their appearance and lack of hygiene had prevented them from getting a hot meal or shelter.
We decided to do something about this. In June 2017 we broke ground on renovating the First Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, installing 2 private shower facilities. We are now offering showers to women and children in need Monday-Thursday from 9am-12!
Construction of the new showers at was made possible by the Bensimon Center, an anonymous foundation, and St. Pius X Womens Club. Reimers and Jolivette managed the construction, and EcoLab and Advantis Credit Union are furnishing the program. Working together we opened these private shower facilities up to women and children experiencing homelessness on September 16th!
About our Premiere Partners: The Bensimon Center
The Bensimon Center is a premier, holistic plastic surgery center and the only B-Corporation certified plastic surgery practice in the world. As a certified B-Corp, we adhere to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and integrity. We are proud to be a major donor of the Rose Haven Shower Project.
Andrea and Richard Bensimon are excited about this endeavor because it addresses some of the challenges our city faces caring for the homeless and at-risk populations, helping people get clean, stay healthy and experience dignity. They believe that the Rose Haven Shower Program is a solid step toward a more sustainable future for women and their children. When people feel better, they are more confident, hopeful and open to possibilities.
“Our mission at the Bensimon Center is to align the body and spirit, providing transformative services for the whole person. As a medical facility, we know the importance of good nutrition and proper hygiene. Partnering with Rose Haven has been a rewarding experience and one we look forward to nurturing.”