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Supreme Court announcementThe National Women’s Shelter Network, Inc. Joins Law Enforcement Associations, Faith-Based Organizations, Medical Professionals, Legal Experts, Academic Leaders, Advocates, and Members of Congress to Urge an End to the Criminalization of Homelessness

 

Miami, Florida, April 4, 2024 — The National Women’s Shelter Network, Inc., based in Miami, Florida, proudly announced that it has submitted an amicus brief today in support of the plaintiffs in the upcoming landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Johnson v Grants Pass.

Johnson v. Grants Pass is the most important case regarding homelessness in the past 40 years. It will address the critical issue of whether laws punishing homeless individuals for sleeping outdoors with basic protections such as a pillow or blanket – when no safe and accessible shelter options are available – are violations of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects against excessive bail, fines, and cruel and unusual punishment.

The National Women’s Shelter Network and National Organization for Women Foundation have together submitted an amicus brief in solidarity with the rights of individuals experiencing homelessness across the U.S., highlighting the special needs of women, youth and children in particular. They are joined by the National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC) and a broad array of hundreds of organizations and public leaders who have submitted a total of 39 amicus briefs on behalf of the plaintiffs.

“Millions of women and children experience homelessness every year in our country. The overwhelming majority are victims of gender-based violence and trauma, facing a nationwide shortage of safe, supportive shelter. The Grants Pass Ordinance would force women to choose between staying in abusive circumstances or facing arrest on the streets. The only real crime in this case is our failure as a nation to provide women, children and other vulnerable persons struggling to survive on the streets with truly affordable housing, and in times of transition, safe, trauma-informed supportive shelter,” advises Constance Collins, President of the National Women’s Shelter Network. “We are grateful to our pro bono legal counsel, Greenberg Traurig PA and Alston & Bird, LLP, and the National Organization for Women Foundation for joining us in our efforts to shed light the gender-specific needs of women, many of whom are desperately seeking safety for themselves and their children.”

“This case challenges us to face the reality that using things like jails and fines do nothing to solve homelessness and actually make homelessness worse” said Jesse Rabinowitz, campaign and communications director for NHLC. “Punishing our neighbors who have no choice but to sleep outside pushes them further into poverty and makes it harder to secure work and housing. The overwhelming support from a diverse array of organizations that we see in these amicus briefs underscores the need for our elected officials at every level of government to solve homelessness with housing and support, not make homelessness worse by using jail cells and bulldozers.”

Currently, more than 600,000 people in America experience homelessness on any given night, with nearly half—250,000—sleeping outside. Data from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development shows a rise in homelessness for both sheltered and unsheltered individuals in nearly every state. The primary cause of the record levels of homelessness we see today is the unaffordable housing market, according to research from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Below is an excerpt from the amicus brief submitted by the National Women’s Shelter Network, Inc.:

Homelessness is a national crisis. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that approximately 653,100 people in the United States are experiencing homelessness on any given night. This is the highest recorded number of people experiencing homelessness on any given night since HUD first began recording this data in 2007…. As shocking as HUD’s estimates may be—and as concerning as the continued rise in homelessness is for our nation—these numbers fail to capture the true depth of America’s homelessness crisis….

[ I]ncreases in homelessness among certain populations that are already uniquely vulnerable, such as women and children, are especially alarming. Over the last 40 years, homelessness among women and children has seen a consistent, rapid increase. In fact, women and children were among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population during the 1980s and 1990s, and this trend continued well into the 2000s.…

Women are uniquely vulnerable to homelessness in large part because of the relationship between genderbased violence and homelessness….[G]ender-based violence persists as a leading cause of homelessness for women. Approximately 6.9 million women have needed housing services in their lifetime as a result of intimate partner violence, and studies have found that between 22% and 57% of all women experiencing homelessness report that gender-based violence is “the immediate cause of their homelessness.” Between 2020 and 2022, pandemic related lockdowns exacerbated gender-based violence incidents across the United States. Commensurate with this violence increase, “[b]oth the number and percentage of women experiencing homelessness as individuals increased at a greater rate than men between 2020 and 2022….

The rise in homelessness among women and children is even more concerning when considering that the support systems that provide necessary services to individuals experiencing homelessness are underfunded, are in short supply, and have been unable to serve the populations experiencing homelessness for years. For example, in 2019, the total population of people experiencing homelessness in the United States exceeded the number of available beds by over 257,000….

With these rising statistics in mind, the systemic factors that contribute to women’s homelessness must be recognized and addressed at every level of policy formulation. The blunt instrument of punitive ordinances fails to account for the multiplicity of uncontrollable forces at play in the lives of women who end up homeless: from the economic pressures of rising housing costs in concert with gender-based wage inequity, to the societal failings that leave survivors of gender-based violence without refuge….

The push by the City to criminalize essential survival actions due to resource shortages underscores a systemic neglect, amplifying the cruelty of the Ordinance…. By penalizing homelessness, Grant Pass is effectively asking women to choose their cruel and usual punishment: victimhood of violence or jail.

[We] respectfully request that the Court uphold the decision of the Court of Appeals.

Citations omitted. Refer to Amici Curiae Brief.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S SHELTER NETWORK

The National Women’s Shelter Network, Inc. (NWSN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the status of women and children experiencing or at risk of homelessness and the shelters and safe haven programs that serve them to end and prevent homelessness. The NWSN does so by elevating the voices of those they serve, raising awareness of the intersections of gender-based violence and homelessness, sharing information, education, and resources to advance trauma-informed best practices, researching gaps, needs, challenges, innovation and effective solutions, developing informed social and public policies, raising public awareness, and advancing meaningful solutions to help women, children and families reclaim their lives and build the foundation for safer, brighter futures. The NWSN network includes over 200 women’s and family shelters and safe haven programs in communities large and small across the country, sheltering thousands of women and children nightly. Due to lack of shelter capacity and resources, many women and children are turned away each night, making this amicus brief all the more important to the NWSN. They are a voice for countless women struggling to survive by being invisible and the last and final safety net in this country for the most vulnerable. Learn more at www.thenwsn.org or contact: Constance Collins, NWSN President at constance@thenwsn.org.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS LAW CENTER

The National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC) is at the forefront of the fight against homelessness in America. Our mission is to fearlessly advance federal, state and local policies to prevent and end homelessness while fiercely defending the rights of all unhoused persons. We work to shape and advance policies at the federal, state, and local levels aimed at preventing and ultimately ending homelessness. By fostering partnerships, influencing policy, and mobilizing communities, the NHLC is dedicated to transforming how society addresses homelessness, striving for a future where everyone has a place to call home. Learn more at homelesslaw.org.

 

Full NWSN Amicus Brief

NWSN Amicus Brief Press Release

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We are almost to our goal of raising $50K for Rose Haven!

You can help us reach our goal by purchasing a Raffle Ticket! Deadline to purchase a ticket is Friday, March 29

 

Check out all the amazing raffle prizes and purchase a raffle ticket: HERE


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logoOur mission is to break mirrors in the fashion and beauty industries with ethical fashion, beauty, and art.

 

Our Buddha dress is made from 100% recycled materials; each yard is made from 13 recycled plastic bottles.

Break a mirror, shatter a standard. With the world’s second largest Carbon Footprint, the Fashion Industry is broken. Beauty standards are broken too, like the industry itself. That’s why we founded Broken Mirror.

Buddha is the calm in the storm. That’s why we added it to our collection, A Rose From Concrete showing at Radio Hall for NYFW this coming September, 2024. Let’s keep calm and go green together!Jessica Fritts is modeling Buddha today for Rose Haven. Our dress was donated to the shelter and proceeds go to charity. Support a great cause and bid during the silent auction. Highest bidder wins!

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A Collaborative Art Piece

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Kk v. Kk or Bromidic Perfunctory Feminism v. Ubiquitous Philosophical Equality fine art print by artists Preston Gravitt and Janet Antepara.

“Kick it in the Poochie” as we call it, is a collaborative effort between very different artistic styles based on the concept of “acception.” Depicted is Preston’s story of two art students and two art teachers. The first student was shown favoritism from one teacher despite her lack of skill by using the argument that feminine flaws are beautiful. The other more skilled student was given the respect of the other teacher for her beautifully feminine artwork. Preston used the experience with favoritism towards feminism and respect towards equality to promote an art piece to make a difference in the real world. Janet stylized the concept adding depth and detail.

40% of sales of the painting and merchandise for Kk v. Kk will be donated to Rose Haven.

Art Pop Up at Rose Havens Branching Out Reception on Nov 9th

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Artists Janet Antepara and Preston Gravitt will be showcasing their work at Branching Out and donating 40% of all proceeds to Rose Haven! There are prints, magnets and earrings all inspired by their collaboration: Kk v. Kk or Bromidic Perfunctory Feminism v. Ubiquitous Philosophical Equality. 40% of sales of the painting and merchandise for Kk v. Kk will be donated to Rose Haven and can be purchased at the event or on their website!
Art Prints and Home Decor by Portland abstract artist Janet Antepara
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The Power of Community in Action

Ridwell helps reduce waste through recycling and reusing!

collectingSince 2020 Ridwell has helped Rose Haven by collecting needed items such as coats, purses, jewelry and hygiene products!

Check out this article and learn more about Ridwell and its impact on the Rose Haven community!

https://katu.com/features/everyday-heroes/everyday-heroes-company-ridwell-recycles-what-portland-doesnt

Thank you Ridwell !

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Amplifying Survivor Voices: Stories on the Intersection of Poverty and Domestic Violence
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Amplifying Survivor Voices: Stories on the Intersection of Poverty and Domestic Violence

Women experiencing poverty and domestic violence have long been made to feel invisible. They are constantly judged, treated differently and isolated from the rest of society. This project works to lift up the voices of these women—to finally give them a platform to share their stories. Through reading and learning from these narratives, I hope you will be inspired to take action in any and every way you can. Volunteer. Donate. Use your voice and privilege to advocate for change. Accept these folks as your neighbors, not as a problem, because you never know what someone may be going through. 

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My name is Cate Bikales and I am a college sophomore at Northwestern University, where I am studying journalism and political science. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I have seen firsthand how the city’s shortage of affordable housing has contributed to homelessness. I have also seen how the city has struggled to listen to the voices of those who are experiencing that homelessness. Decisions like the recent daytime camping ban, which went into effect on July 1, leave those experiencing homelessness with no place to go, especially when most shelters in the area are already at capacity. 

I am passionate about giving voice to the people who are being directly affected by these decisions—people who have long been overlooked and underserved by society. 

This is why I began volunteering with Rose Haven Day Shelter and Community Center in my first year of high school. Rose Haven is Portland’s only day shelter and community center that serves women, children, and gender-diverse people who have been most marginalized by homelessness and other intersecting traumas. Rose Haven serves an average of 150 guests per day, providing them with a safe, trauma-informed space and access to meals, fresh sets of clothes, financial help, laundry machines, showers, an onsite clinic and more. 

After completing a year of college, I have realized I am interested in going into the field of law, with a focus on women’s rights. So, I rejoined the Rose Haven team this summer as an intern with a specific goal in mind: to speak to guests about their thoughts on and experiences regarding the intersection between poverty and domestic violence. Thus, this project was born. Through my writing, I hope to amplify the voices of those directly affected by poor policies, and inspire our community leaders to take action by prioritizing those who have been systematically marginalized.

“Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness in the U.S. for women”

Methodology and Outline

This project is based on guest testimonials conducted at Rose Haven in July of 2023. Guests were informed about the project I was conducting and chose to participate. Over the course of two, three hour days, I spoke with eight women about their experiences with domestic violence and poverty. Guests shared their stories, as well as ideas for how policymakers can decrease rates of poverty and domestic violence in Portland. Interviews were conducted in person and recorded, with permission, in order to be referenced when putting this project together. 

Seven of the eight women I spoke with have asked for anonymity due to the nature of their stories; however, one guest, Heidi Zieser, is eager for people to hear her story and her plans going forward. 

Thus, I will begin by telling Heidi’s story in full, before going into a summary of the thoughts and opinions of the seven other guests I had the privilege of speaking with. I will end my project with a summary of my thoughts, and a call to action. 

Please note that domestic violence and poverty can impact all genders. Due to the nature of my interviews, I will be focusing on the impacts of domestic violence and poverty on women specifically. 

“I go day by day, and I try to make each day the best day I can make it because I’m still walking this earth. I’m spreading my happiness.”

Facts and Figures

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by people to control and maintain power over their intimate partners. It comes in many forms, either physical or psychological. Both can have lasting impacts.

According to a study conducted by Multnomah County in 2019, 1 of every 7 women aged 18-64 was physically abused by an intimate partner. This means that almost 28,000 women in Multnomah County (13.9%) were physically abused by their partners during the past year. Numbers likely rose during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many are unaware that domestic violence and poverty are directly correlated. Experiencing both at the same time can exacerbate the impact of the abuse and cause an exceptional loss of resources for the survivor. Additionally, when women experiencing domestic violence flee their homes, they are often left with no place to go.  Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness in the U.S. for women.

It is important to note the racial disparities. National poverty rates by race were highest for American Indians and Alaska Natives (27.0 percent), followed closely by Blacks or African Americans (25.8 percent). A 2022 study by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research showed that Black women experience higher rates of domestic violence than any other race. It is unsurprising, then, that Black and Indigenous Americans are far more likely to experience homelessness than other groups.

Guest Testimonial: Heidi Zieser

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“I go day by day, and I try to make each day the best day I can make it because I’m still walking this earth. I’m spreading my happiness.”

Despite enduring almost eight years of ongoing domestic violence from her abuser, 43-year-old Heidi Zieser maintains a positive, kind-hearted attitude toward life.  

Zieser moved to Portland from Dubuque, Iowa in April of 2017 with hopes of starting a new, better life—of “seeing the world.” But this dream was quickly shattered. Zieser stayed one night at Willamette Center Shelter but immediately felt uncomfortable and out of place. She and her boyfriend at the time eventually found a room to stay in at the Westwind Apartments in Portland’s Old Town. The abuse started soon after.  

Zieser immediately moved to a makeshift, self-built home in Tigard to get away, but the abuse followed.

“This gentleman just wouldn’t leave me alone,” Zieser said.

Zieser said the police department did little to help her. Her abuser was brought in with 40 charges against him, but was only sentenced for two. Instead of spending the five years in prison that he would have spent if charged for all 40, he only spent nine months. 

“I was so mad and angry about it—with him just getting away with everything,” Zieser said. “That’s the justice system. It looks down upon domestic violence and abuse victims.” 

In December of 2021, while still in prison, Zieser’s abuser got someone to burn her Tigard home down. In February of the following year, right after getting out of prison, her abuser burned down the second self-built home she was living in on 15th and Burnside, almost killing her and her dog.

Rose Haven was one of the few places that was able to help Zieser during this time, providing her with resources, food, clothes and a safe space to escape the abuse. However, Zieser said that this kind of support can only really help with the emotional scars, not the physical ones.

“Everything is so much harder,” she said. “My teeth and my body look so bad because my abuser has beaten me up so bad. I have burn marks all over me. He knocked my teeth out. People just judge really quickly.”

It was not only people walking by on the street who were quick to look down on Zieser. Five months ago, Zieser found out she was pregnant. She said the hospital neither told her she was pregnant, nor adjusted her medications to ensure the safety of the baby.   

“Folks that are living outside just don’t get treated the same way,” Zieser said. “It’s so hard.”

Zieser is currently living in Wisconsin, where she moved to once again get away from her abuser. Moving away has not made Zieser’s life any easier.

It was there that her neighbors tried to destroy her camper. It was there that she found out she had had a miscarriage. She had planned to name the baby Heavenly Rose, after Rose Haven.

Now, Zieser plans to return home to Portland. She has big plans for when she returns. 

“I want to make a GoFundMe and try to raise the money to get some innovations around Portland,” she said. “Enough money where I can go down and buy a big piece of property and put laundry [machines], showers, bathrooms, mental health support. A place where people can go and be safe and camp without getting messed around with by police officers.”

She plans to name the space Heavenly Rose PDX Foundation, in honor of her lost baby.

“This foundation will mean so much to me,” she said. “My unhoused friends and my unhoused community and family will finally have a safe place with access to a whole bunch of services.”

This is not the first time Zieser has worked to help her community. In August of 2022, Zieser helped arrange a street cleanup through We Heart Portland, a nonprofit that “organizes trash cleanups in our public spaces and offers resources to those in need,” according to their website. 

Through this organization, Zieser has also helped get homeless people off of the streets.

Zieser has faced massive hardship, but she said all she really wants is to help others, and to encourage people to listen to her story, and other stories like hers, before passing judgment.

“We are judged and treated differently from everybody else in the community,” she said. “But for a lot of us, it’s not our fault that we’re out there: domestic violence, evictions, criminal records, etc. People need to stop and realize that they can’t judge somebody before they know the real story.”

Additional Testimonials

blankHeidi Zieser is one of over 4000 guests who utilize Rose Haven’s services every year. Other guests shared their ideas with me about ways Portland can help both the homeless population, and the large number of people facing domestic violence. Many also shared with me why they believe it is so important for people to hear their stories.

 

Some guests offered solutions more directed towards domestic violence, while others discussed ways to fix Portland’s homelessness crisis.

Guest Testimonial #2

 

“Being able to come here is so helpful,” she said. “It’s nice just having the ability to come in and eat somewhere without having to watch your back—a safe space.”

One guest I spoke to told me about the 11 years of abuse she experienced. She said she tried to report the violence to the police, but they never listened.

“Even though there was evidence—it looked like there was a softball sticking out of my head from him hitting me—they didn’t do anything,” she said. “It’s just one of those things in life. His family had money and I didn’t have money, so they didn’t take me seriously.”

She said this intersection between poverty and domestic violence is far too common. She said the justice system should start taking domestic violence victims more seriously.

“Our lives should matter just as much as a man’s life matters,” she said.

She also said experiencing domestic violence, such as hitting or harassment, can make things like keeping a job extremely difficult. This makes it difficult to be financially independent. She said that, as someone already experiencing financial instability, that makes life just that much harder.

One solution she suggested was for the city to build and fund more domestic violence shelters where women can access resources, get help and “wind down.” She noted that Rose Haven is one of the few places that have given her that space.

“Being able to come here is so helpful,” she said. “It’s nice just having the ability to come in and eat somewhere without having to watch your back—a safe space.”

Guest Testimonial #3

Another guest talked to me about her experience with PTSD following an abusive first relationship and watching her mother experience 30 years of battering.

She said this trauma is directly related to the poverty she experiences.

“The long term effects of my PTSD have directly inhibited me—I’ve had to leave employment because of triggers,” she said. “I’ve been adversely affected by [my violent relationship] for decades. I’m 55 and it happened to me when I was 28, and I’m still affected by it.”

She said that one way domestic violence shelters and women’s shelters could help domestic violence victims would be to educate their guests about PTSD, and to provide services to help women experiencing it. She said getting an education about PTSD has helped her to adapt to living with it.

She said the biggest way community members can help people experiencing domestic violence is by understanding their misconceptions related to abuse. 

“A lot of [people] view women that stay in relationships as unwilling to get out of it. They don’t understand that usually a batterer makes you think that you need them to survive,” she said. “People need to be educated about that and not be as judgmental towards their peers that are trapped in those situations.”

Guest Testimonial #4

 

“There’s a lot of people that I know would be able to help but don’t because they think that they need to do something big, but it doesn’t have to be. I appreciate even a smile.”

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The next guest I spoke to discussed how her experiences with her abusive girlfriend have led her to where she is now: living with her elementary-age son in a shelter and struggling to keep her job.

She said she believes it is extremely important for people to hear stories like hers.

“Some people may not ever experienced [homelessness or domestic violence], but they’re still able to help,” she said. “There’s a lot of people that I know would be able to help but don’t because they think that they need to do something big, but it doesn’t have to be. I appreciate even a smile.”

She said Portland’s top officials can help to serve domestic violence victims and people experiencing homelessness by asking them directly what they need, not by deciding on solutions on their own.

“It would be helpful [for Portland’s leaders] to create partnerships with places like Rose Haven,” she said. “Then they could ask people like me directly, ‘What can we do to help?’”

Guest Testimonial #5

I spoke to a guest who said she has been “violated” in many ways, including suffering through two abusive relationships and finding out five of her family members had been killed.

She said people should hear her story “so they don’t have to suffer what I suffered.”

She said she has taken the trauma from these experiences and channeled them into doing good for the world. She encourages other survivors to do the same.

“If you are abused and violated by your parents…you do one of three things,” she said. “(i) You become a drug addict, (ii) you become a perpetrator of domestic violence and child abuse yourself, or (iii) you do what I did: you become a human rights activist; you become a humanitarian.”

Guest Testimonial #6

One guest told me that she had to leave Portland because the domestic violence she was facing was so bad. She said that people tend to turn a blind eye to those that need help.

“I had a gun to my head. People were around—they saw me. They didn’t do anything,” she said. 

While she struggled to come up with a solution to the domestic violence issue, she offered a solution to Portland’s homelessness issue.

“The community thinks they’re creating change by putting all this money and everything into creating more committees, more departments, etc,” she said. “But the money is not going to affordable housing, and if it’s not going to housing, it’s not going to be successful.”

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Guest Testimonial #7

The next guest I spoke to said she did not get justice when she brought her abuser to court. 

She said she feels it is important for people to hear the opinions of those experiencing domestic violence and homelessness firsthand. She said she hopes it will influence local government officials to make real, positive change.

One suggestion she gave that she hopes Portland City Council will take into consideration is providing a space for people to camp if they are not allowed to camp on the streets during the day. She also suggested offering domestic violence victims more easy access to resources.

“Offering people services is the first step,” she said. “I mean, you can’t force someone to take help, but they might accept it.”

Guest Testimonial #8

The final guest I spoke to cried as she exclaimed her thoughts on the abuse domestic violence victims face: “They’re hopeless. They should be able to get the help they need before it gets to that.”

She said that abuse victims and those experiencing homelessness are at a severe disadvantage to those who have food, water and a safe space to live readily available to them. 

“The city needs to be providing people equal access to what they need—transportation, housing, etc.,” she said. “They need to help people take that step to get where they need to be.”

She also said how important she thinks it is for regular people, not just people holding powerful positions in government, to withhold judgment against those who may not look perfect, or those who are living outside.

“People should keep looking for the good in people, and I think all of us should feel happy if we help someone,” she said. “Even by doing something small. Sometimes the small things get overlooked. You never know what someone is going through.”

Conclusion

I came into this project hoping to hear the stories of those who have experienced domestic violence and/or homelessness. I got that, and so much more.

Each guest I spoke to was so kind and passionate about their ideas, and so interested in telling me their story. When I began conducting interviews, I thought I would be lucky if I was able to get even two people to speak with me. I was able to speak to eight. This was not just luck. These women were eager and willing to share their stories.

They want people to know their stories so that these people can understand what domestic violence victims and unhoused people go through.

They want people to know their stories in hopes that people will withhold judgments before hearing the whole story.

They want people to know their stories so that people can use them to develop solutions that will actually help, not harm, unhoused folks like them.

After hearing these guest’s various struggles, from not being taken seriously by the institutions and systems they put their trust into (i.e., police, hospitals) to simply feeling like they are not being seen or heard, I have come to realize just how important this project really is. 

I want people to read these stories and take what they have learned to heart—to implement it in a positive way.

To those who may pass someone struggling on the street, do not be so quick to judge. Oftentimes, it is not the person’s fault that they are where they are. And remember, small acts of kindness mean a lot. You never know what these people have gone, and continue to, go through.

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To Portland’s city leaders, listen to these stories and remember them. Keep them in mind when you are making decisions that might affect these people. Help create more spaces where domestic violence victims and unhoused people feel safe. And provide more funding and resources for spaces like that that already exist. Places like Rose Haven.

Rose Haven helped save Heidi Zieser’s life, and it continues to do so today. Rose Haven is helping the seven other people I spoke to for this project, and so many more. Domestic violence and homelessness are rampant in Portland, but places like Rose Haven mean so much to those going through tough times.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Heidi and the 4000 guests Rose Haven serves each year, please visit Rose Haven’s donation page.  

I would like to end this project with a few quotes from the guests I spoke to about what Rose Haven means to them. I hope you will be inspired to create more safe spaces in Portland for women like Heidi and the others to feel safe and welcome.

 

“[Rose Haven] has saved my life—having a safe place where women can meet without threat. A lot of times a woman with PTSD will go to access services but get freaked out just being in the presence of some men, so they’ll deny themselves services to avoid those triggers. So places like this make a huge difference.” 

 

“Rose Haven means a lot to me. They have done so much for me, especially people like [Development Director] Liz Starke. Liz is one of the best people out there. I love her to death. Rose Haven is a big inspiration to me and just talking to people like Liz makes my day when I’m sad.”

 

Rose Haven really provides so much for women, even without any external/governmental support [outside of donations].”

 

“[Rose Haven] has helped me with transportation and some of my bills and things like that. It’s a place where I can just sit and calm down. It’s a much appreciated space, but there needs to be more places like it in Portland.”

 

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Mother Maybelle Band CD Fundraiser


100% of the proceeds from their CDs are generously donated to Rose Haven to support our programs!

CDs are $15, to purchase a copy, email us at info@rosehaven.org or join us at our Branching Out Event on Nov. 9th, 2023!


The Mother Maybelle Band is an all-acoustic project that came into being during the Covid shutdown. Members of the Reverb Brothers, as well as other musician friends, gathered weekly to trade off songs under the boughs of Mother Maybelle, the massive Maple Tree in Doug’s front yard. Eventually, they decided that this music should be preserved, so they started booking studio time once we could be together indoors again. About a year later, they’ve released a CD! Give them a follow on Instagram @reverb_brothers and @claes_almroth_trio

If Notes Greeting Cards

Fresh, authentic greeting cards written by real humans.

IF NOTES is offering two cards designed by artist Sherry Hastings and Sarah. Every sale of their cards donates $1.00 to Rose Haven.

IF NOTES take a new approach to greeting cards, reflecting the diverse perspectives of the human experience instead of copywriters drafting punchlines. All cards are crowdsourced from those who have lived experiences they are willing to share, benefiting a non-profit of their choice. Recipients feel a little less alone, and we all feel more connected to each other and the beauty of the human experience.

Card authors nominate a nonprofit to receive a percentage of sales from that card. Each card shares the contributor’s story, along with information about the non-profit it supports, spreading awareness and helping people connect with impactful organizations.

Sherry Hastings Parrot Tulip Card

Artist Sherry Hastings contributed this oil painting artwork for a card to benefit Rose Haven day shelter and community center. Sherry uses Floriology (the language of flowers) in her portraits. Her paintings are celebrations of the struggles and every day triumphs of women’s lives.

Sarah’s I Still Need You Card

This card’s message was contributed by Sarah who struggled with social anxiety and depression after COVID.  

Sherry Hastings Card

Sarah Card

Liz Starke on Straight Talk

Watch KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter interview Liz Starke, our Development Director, about the effect of the camping ban on Rose Haven.

Check out the Bonus Episode here!