Portland, OR. Rose Haven celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed and expanded shelter and community center on March 8th. Rose Haven runs Portland’s only day shelter and community center, serving women, children and gender non-conforming people who need help. Up until now, it has been operating in about 3000 square feet in the basement of a building. With the help of design company Gensler Portland, the nonprofit converted what used to be a coffee shop and roasting facility, into a 10,000 square feet day shelter.
The new facility on the corner of Northwest 18th and Glisan Street will allow the nonprofit to double the number of people — women, children, and marginalized genders — that they serve. Rose Haven provides restrooms, showers, meals, a space for mail distribution, device charging, and special outdoor activities.
The expansion comes at a critical time as more people have been forced outside amid pandemic restrictions over the last two years. “Home for the Haven” was a $3 million campaign centered around the new facility, enabling Rose Haven to build its dream home, bring guests back indoors, reestablish programs, and increase capacity to welcome and serve more community members.
Rose Haven’s new space includes a welcoming intake and reception area, guest services area, activity rooms, prep-kitchen and pantry, community dining room, wellness area with showers, laundry and medic room, and a boutique-inspired area where guests can select donated clothing items. Offices and workspaces for Rose Haven’s team of directors, advocates, and volunteers will also be incorporated into the design.
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.