Portland, OR. While the school experience has changed during the pandemic, the need for school supplies has not. Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, children, and gender non-conforming folks, experiencing poverty, trauma, and other issues. The nonprofit held its annual School Supply Giveaway in August. Over the course of two weeks, it supplied 265 children with all they need to get studying again, no matter where they live.

The Junior League of Portland provided volunteers to help with distribution.

Nike donated hundreds of brand new backpacks. Rose Haven converted its outside courtyard to a physically distanced, safe space for families.

Each child was given a grade-appropriate box of supplies. The packages were filled with paper, pens, calculators, binders, and more. This year’s giveaway offered families books, new clothing donated by Macy’s, family hygiene packs and more.

Organizers say that they’re pleased. “In the midst of all that is happening in our world and our community, it was so refreshing to spend time with our children! With them, we find so much hope for the future.”

From Rose Haven: Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. We break the cycle of homelessness by providing meals, clothing, first aid, mailing addresses, hygiene, restrooms, showers as well as educational programs and guidance through medical and social services. By meeting basic needs and building trust, we empower our guests to explore long-term change.