Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. We break the cycle of homelessness by providing meals, clothing, first aid, mailing addresses, hygiene, restrooms, showers as well as educational programs and guidance through medical and social services. By meeting basic needs and building trust, we empower our guests to explore long-term change.
At Rose Haven we are a community. Rose Haven’s operating model is equitable and inclusive, and removes barriers for women and their children, allowing them to get back on their feet. Rebekah Albert, Rose Haven’s Executive Director, was recently recognized by The City of Portland for her commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity; winning a 2017 Spirit of Portland Award for her work in this area.
The first and only step to access services at Rose Haven is signing the “community agreement”. This document is signed by all staff, volunteers and guests alike, stating that we agree to treat each other with respect and dignity in our shared space. This eliminates any stratification, and helps our guests heal by feeling respected and equal. Trauma and homelessness can be very isolating, and that isolation can compound mental challenges and barriers for those trying to find housing or employment.
At Rose Haven a diverse group of women, children and gender nonconforming folks can be safe and begin their unique healing process. Whether that is simply by having a cup of coffee on the couch and engaging with other women, or by participating in an array of constructive activities, socialization helps fight the dehumanization and invisibility that our guests face.
We welcome your support.