A Message from Our Board President

On behalf of the Rose Haven Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce the selection of Katie O’Brien as our new Executive Director.

Katie has been serving as the Interim Director for the last 6 months and has been a part of Rose Haven for over 10 years as a Development Consultant, and more recently as Deputy Director.

In those 10 years Rose Haven has grown from a newly formed 501c3 to a vibrant agency realizing a 379% growth in demand for services.  With a budget approaching $1m, the board is confident Katie is poised to transport Rose Haven through this next stage of growth.

She is experienced in managing the day to day while securing financial resources, expanding partnerships and elevating the community profile.  Her management experience and creative vision allow her to lead a talented and passionate staff committed to the mission of serving our most vulnerable.

As Katie profoundly surmises:
“After 10 years with Rose Haven, I continue to feel excited to come here each day and support this important mission. I greatly admire the resiliency of our guests, dedication of our huge volunteers corps, unyielding support from our grassroots donor base, and compassion of our exceptional staff. To work alongside such smart, passionate and energetic people is an honor.

Oregon has the 2nd highest rate of homelessness in the country. We must continue to expand services and programs to meet the escalating needs of the chronically homeless community we serve. As the only full service daytime shelter serving women, children and gender diverse people in Portland, we have our work cut out for us. Together we are destined to do great things to better serve people in our community who deserve healthier and happier lives.”

Kathy Kelly
Board President

Don’t know what to give this holiday season? Please make a gift at Giveguide.org in honor of a friend or family member.

A story to inspire hope. Celeste came to Rose Haven when she was homeless and addicted. She returned in recovery with a newborn. She now works at another local non-profit and helps refer people to Rose Haven.
Watch her success story and learn more about Rose Haven here.
Thank you to GMS Media for the great video!


Message from our Board President

Kathy Kelly portraitThere are many changes on the horizon at Rose Haven. After 7 pivotal years, Rebekah Albert is stepping down from her role as Executive Director. During her tenure, the shelter has grown exponentially. With a strong team and incredible volunteer corps, she has helped expand services and resources to meet the growing demand from women, children and gender diverse individuals in our community who are living without a home and/or in extreme poverty. We are grateful for her years of service, and wish her the best.

Rose Haven’s Deputy Director, Katie O’Brien, who has been with Rose Haven for 10 years, will be stepping in as Interim Executive Director. In addition to supporting shelter operations, she will work closely with the Board of Directors on a search for a new ED over the coming months.

At this time, we also announce the addition of two new Board members, Janet Neron and Joanna Herrmann. Janet is the Director of Risk and Control Operations for Nike Direct.  Also from Nike, Joanna is the Director of Supply Chain Innovation and Sustainability.  They join a talented and devoted group of board members ready to guide Rose Haven into the future.

In addition, our Youth Outreach Board just graduated 6 seniors and has brought 5 new members on for the 2019/20 school year. We are continually energized by the can-do spirit of our 18 young high school students comprising our Youth Outreach Board. They are a constant reminder that our future is in good hands.

As we enter a time of strategic planning and visioning, we are inspired for the what lies ahead. We look forward to your input as we head into this new chapter.

Best Regards,


Kathy Kelly, Rose Haven Board President

The 6th Annual Reigning Roses Walk was a huge success!

More than 600 people gathered for a reception and 5k walk to support Rose Haven’s Programs on Mother’s Day!

We are still watching the donations come in, and are confident we can reach our goal of $200K!

You can make a gift today and help us support our programs at makeitreign.org!

Check out some of the local press coverage of the event!

Watch Live footage from the event and interviews with Guests and BOD members on Fox 12

Watch Katie O’Brien explain nuts and bolts of Reigning Roses on KGW 8

Listen to Liz Starke explain Rose Haven’s Programs on Portland Radio Projects Community Voices


in 2018 Rose Haven served 3586 women and children in crisis.

Ladies Holiday Tea Hosted by National Charity League

Every year blankthe National Charity provides a wonderful meal and party for the women Rose Haven. Here we provide gifts for more than 150 guests, as well purses loaded with beauty products thanks to Get up and Give Back, West Hills Racquet Club, Sculpt Yoga. You can learn more about their collection at KGW Channel 8 here.
Students from Gresham High School came to bring holiday cheer, and merry times were had by all.
Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who helped us collect brand new items over the past few months to make this celebration possible.
Please consider making a gift before midnight to support our programs. We receive no government funding and cannot continue our work without your help.

Macy’s Clothes4Souls Provides 500 new Coats

For the second year running Rose Haven partnered with Macy’s and Clothes4Souls to host an epic coat giveaway.
These brand new coats not only keep our guests warm this winter but help restore dignity to women and children this winter.
This is the fourth year of the partnership between Macy’s and Clothes4Souls, resulting in a total of 165,000 coats distributed nationwide since 2013, with retail value of more than $6.6 million.

Linnea Portrait Studio debuts  exhibition of family and children’s portraits as a benefit for local day shelter and community center, Rose Haven.


This Fall, if you make a $100 donation to Rose Haven, you can receive a complimentary sitting plus a 5×7 from Linnea Portrait Studio to be displayed in our in-studio benefit portrait exhibition PLUS $100 towards your order. 

Our goal is to raise $5000 through this exhibition showcasing meaningful black and white portraits. You’ll receive beautiful portraits and be making a huge difference in our community. 

For a donation of $100 directly to Rose Haven, you will receive a family or children’s portrait sitting with Linnea, a 5×7 print of the portrait Linnea selects to include in the exhibition, and a $100 gift certificate good towards a portrait order.

Once we receive your application we will review it and be in touch with a link to make your donation and schedule your portrait sitting.