Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a statewide coalition of Christian churches, will honor Rose Haven Day Center for Women and Children May 16 at a benefit dinner at the Benson Hotel in Portland. The award comes in recognition of “hope-inspiring, life-enhancing, ecumenical community ministry,” EMO officials say.

Rose Haven in Portland is a sanctuary from life on the street for women. Staff aim to offer compassion, practical assistance and community to women and children facing loss of home, abuse and other disruptions. Staff guide women toward building sustainable lives for themselves. In 2017, Rose Haven served 20,106 meals, distributed 5,105 hygiene kits, and held 3,473 one-on-one appointments to assist guests with housing, job searches and more.

“As guests at Rose Haven begin the healing process, the changes in their lives lead to healing in our urban community as a whole,” said a statement from Ecumenical Ministries.

Rose Haven was designed using the results of a survey conducted in 1997 by Good Shepherd Sister Cathie Boerboom, who asked the women of Old Town what they most needed and wanted. Sister Cathie built connections with other agencies and churches and developed Rose Haven as a program under the umbrella of Catholic Charities. In 2006, Rose Haven became an independent nonprofit organization and relocated to Northwest Portland, opening its doors the following year to provide direct services to homeless and abused women and children.

For more information, contact Carla Starrett-Bigg at 503-221-1054, ext. 275, or [email protected]