Author: Stephanie VanRheen

The Need (Part I)

IMG_1483 As a child, have you ever had something happen to you that caused you to be very upset? Did you see people you love get hurt? Did you ever feel like you were being attacked and there was no one to help you? Have you felt like it was you alone against the world? Most people in the world have had an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). The most common are extreme physical danger, experiencing or witnessing abuse, experiencing or witnessing drug use especially among caregivers, neglect, homelessness, and bullying. Maggie’s children experienced living with an abusive father, living with parents using drugs and not caring for them well, separation from their parents while in foster care, and the stress of homelessness.

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#givingtuesday Sneak Peek

Watch your mailboxes- soon we’ll be sending out our annual appeal, featuring the journey of Maggie and her family while they were residents of Hope House.  But before then, on Tuesday, November 28th head over to our Facebook page to get all the details on our Fill the Grid! $10,000 Matching Challenge. Also, are you considering becoming a monthly supporter in the coming year? When you make that commitment on December 10th, 20th, or 30th thanks to our generous matching donors we are able to not just match, but multiply your monthly amount 10X. Make the most of your gift-giving this...

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Meet Maggie*

Maggie is a happy, generous person who was a blessing to our household. Her cheerful smile reflects how far she has come. Before she moved here, Maggie was involved in a domestic violence relationship. Her husband also got her involved in using drugs with him. On the surface, all seemed well, but her children were being neglected, her husband was verbally and emotionally abusing her and the children, and things began to fall apart. A call to Child Protective Services led to the kids being placed in foster care. Maggie, not believing she was being abused and not willing...

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Raise Hope 2017 Sponsorship Opportunity

Community of Hope (CoH), North Portland’s only shelter for homeless families, exists to empower Portland’s homeless single-parent families to seek hope, healing, and stability while living in a safe, supportive environment. Residents can stay for up to six months and many use that time to regain strength, clarity, and the practical skills needed to make the next move toward successful housing. CoH depends on financial support from a range of sources, but since 2014 it has been generous individual donors, giving almost $250,000, who have made the program what it is today. In early June, we will be hosting our major 2017 fundraising event: the 2nd Annual Raise Hope Gala. We ask that you consider becoming a sponsor for this life-giving event. For this year’s event, we are anticipating a sellout crowd of 200 attendees. The diverse audience will include multi-generational leaders from North Portland’s faith community, business owners and neighbors, and many others active in addressing the plight of homelessness in our city. The homelessness epidemic in Portland is not slowing down and for an increasing number of single-parent families with nowhere to turn, Community of Hope is a vital and transformative link in the safety net. Allowing children to remain at their neighborhood school, despite other transitions in their life, is a powerful way to interrupt the cycle of trauma that a lack of stability produces. Check...

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