Rose Haven has been operating in a basement of a church with about 3500 square feet.
But with the help of design company Gensler Portland, they’re repurposing what used to be a coffee shop and roasting facility, making use of 10,000 square feet. The renovated building will provide necessary services to Rose Haven’s guests and create a compassionate and safe environment where they can heal with respect and dignity.
Pro bono design work has been offered by Gensler Portland for the renovated building.
Sun Joo Kim, the design manager for Gensler Portland, said the biggest driver behind the new design was the people who it will serve.
“It’s energizing and uplifting for myself and our team to be able to work on trauma-informed design in this real-time in this real space with the users who will use it,” Kim said. “Then, to get feedback and to see the impact that this space will have is invaluable,” Kim said.
Thank you, Elise Haas and the KOIN6 crew!
If you would like to contribute to the Home for the Haven campaign’s renovation.