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The Gateway Center

For Domestic Violence Services

Phone: 503-988-6400

Fax: 503-988-6499

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

10305 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97216

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Economic Empowerment Services


Economic Empowerment Services

With the generous support of the Avon Foundation for Women, Volunteers of America Oregon’s Home Free program offers a wide variety of services to help survivors overcome the impact domestic violence has on their educational attainment, employment, and finances.  Services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual, including:

  • Career Exploration – Identify your strengths, talents and abilities, and explore how they might lead towards a career path that you will enjoy.
  • Job Search & Application Assistance – Work one-on-one with an advocate to find job openings and get support with completing applications.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing – Create or update a resume and/or cover letter.
  • Interview Practice & Preparation – Have an upcoming interview or actively looking for work?  Our staff will help you prepare & practice for job interviews.
  • Educational or Vocational Program Selection – Our staff can help you pick out a program that will help you meet your educational or job training goals.
  • Employment Seekers Support Group – A weekly Job Club for survivors of domestic violence who are looking for work.
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Applications – If going back to school is something you’re interested in, get support applying for financial aid and scholarships.
  • Financial Education Classes – Home Free offers a 5-week financial education course that covers the economic impact of domestic violence, safety planning options & strategies, budgeting & debt prioritization, credit scoring & reports, loans, insurance & investments, student loans, and Individual Development Account (IDA) programs.
  • Debt Management Strategizing & Credit Repair – Get support prioritizing debt and dealing with debt collectors (ie. credit card debt, student loans, medical debt, home or car loans) and rebuilding your credit score.

More about Volunteers of America Oregon and Home Free

Volunteers of America Oregon provides a range of supportive and empowering services to our area's most vulnerable populations: at-risk youth, victims of abuse, recovering addicts, frail elderly and others who are seeking services. VOA works with the community to rebuild whole lives so that people can reach their full potential. VOA's passion for finding innovative solutions to the community's social problems is conducted through their three main areas of programs:

  • Children, family and seniors
  • Addiction prevention and treatment
  • Public safety

Home Free is a flagship program of Volunteers of America Oregon.  Its specific mission is to assist adults and children surviving domestic violence to move not just toward safety, but toward freedom and all that the word 'home' suggests.

For more information, visit their website at