The KMR Group Foundation was pleased to endow Raphael House with a grant for their Emergency Shelter Services. Raphael House is a multi-faceted domestic violence prevention/intervention agency dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of intimate partner violence in a variety of ways. Besides offering emergency shelter in a confidential location, Raphael House provides safety planning and advocacy on a 24-hour in-house crisis line, non-residential advocacy in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau, and transitional housing and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence enrolled in its Transitional Housing Program. Nearly 100 families are served in the emergency shelter each year, and more than 5,000 callers are offered safety planning and advocacy on the in-house crisis line. An additional 400 survivors receive non-residential advocacy services each year.
Raphael House believes that everyone deserves a life free from violence. Its mission is to provide a safe haven from domestic violence, and to engage our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, and community outreach.
Raphael House also works to eliminate the causes of family and intimate partner violence through community education and outreach. Staff members give presentations to local middle and high schools, healthcare providers, business leaders, community organizations and anyone else who is interested in joining the conversation and ending domestic and sexual violence. Topics covered include teen dating violence, media influence, and vicarious trauma.
"We are so grateful for KMR Group Foundation's generous support, which helps ensure our emergency domestic violence shelter and programs are always available to those in the greatest need."
- Teri Lorenzen, Executive Director, Raphael House of Portland
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