Rose Haven provides donated backpacks to homeless and at-risk women, kids and non-conforming folks experiencing trauma, poverty, and physical and mental health challenges. Restoring stability and dignity for 3,500 guests annually. More about Rose Haven here.
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.
Backpack Donations in Portland
Our need for new (and gently used) daypacks, notebook packs and other similar backpacks, as well as wheeled luggage, is on-going here at Rose Haven. From small packs that fit properly on the backs of our tiny elementary school-age children, to large storage packs and wheeled carriers that an adult can depend on for their possessions—their survival gear—as they navigate through their current living situation.
In addition to donated backpacks, we need school supplies, good clothing and other essentials. Rose Haven operates a resource for this. Please visit Donate Supplies here.
What We Need, Specifically
We are currently in greater need of adult-size backpacks and wheeled luggage than children-size gear: well constructed and gently used. This would include:
- Backpacks (large and medium size)
- Travel packs (those with more organized compartments)
- Wheeled luggage (carry-on size, larger sizes, and wheeled backpacks)
- Day-packs (various sizes. Notebook-friendly is also appreciated)
- Duffel bags (with shoulder straps or wheeled is useful)
Please note that we cannot use broken and/or damaged items, e.g.: torn or with broken zippers, wheels or latches.
If you have any questions at all regarding our backpack needs and limitations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you feel that supporting Rose Haven’s backpack donation program is a great idea, but you are not sure of what type of pack to provide, you can have us choose for you.
With your (tax-deductible, cash) donation, we will acquire the right backpack needed and get it out to who needs it most.