For most who are fortunate enough to not be living on the streets or in temporary homes, a backpack is simply something you use to haul your notebook around, or to shoulder your daily stuff from here to there.
But, for the rising tide of homeless women and youth in Portland and other major cities in America, backpacks are a vital necessity.
If you have camped-out or traveled, you know how much you depend on that one bag. For some of our Rose Haven guests, that pack represents more than just a carrier for their clothes and survival essentials. A dependable backpack is the one thing that they still have that is completely theirs. It’s not an accessory, but a lifeline.