Mission and History

  • Sister Cathie, 1979

  • Zeal is love in action, representing one of Rose Haven’s core values.

Our Mission

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. Rose Haven’s mission is to maintain a safe, respectful community while providing our guests with support and services to assist them in regaining stability in their lives.

Our History

Rose Haven is a 501C(3) nonprofit,  providing sanctuary at our current facility in NW Portland since 2007.

Rose Haven has been an important resource for women and children experiencing trauma in Portland for nearly 20 years. We were founded in 1997 as a program of Catholic Charities after our founding director, Sr. Cathie Boerboom, a Good Shepherd Sister, conducted a survey where she walked the streets of Portland and asked women what they needed.  The overwhelming response was a safe place to go during the day, where they could take their children and access resources. Twenty years later we are still offering programs based off our guests self-defined needs; offering a low-barrier and accessible community resource center where women can meet physical and emotional needs, access social services and find community. Although not a religious organization, Rose Haven operates under the Good Shepherd value system with embodies “Compassion”, “Individual Worth”, “Reconciliation” and “Zeal”.

Rose Haven conducts quarterly guest surveys and hosts bi-weekly community meetings to assess the effectiveness and relevance of our programs. Ninety nine percent (99%) of our guests said they feel welcome at Rose Haven and would recommend our services to others. Ninety eight percent (98%) of guests said the environment is clean and comfortable at Rose Haven, know their safety is a priority, and that we have services that are relevant.

The Rose Haven Name

This name sums up the environment Rose Haven wishes to continually create. “Rose” was chosen for two reasons; each woman is seen as a rose with actual and potential beauty. “Rose” is also the baptismal name of St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. One of her sayings is, “Each person is of more value than a whole world (of things)”. She is Rose Haven’s patroness. “Haven” was chosen because it indicates safety, home, acceptance, a place to be comfortable.