The following programs and agencies have services located at the Gateway Center for your convenience.
Catholic Charities' El Programa Hispano Proyecto UNICA
Provides culturally specific advocacy and services for Spanish-speaking individuals and families affected by domestic violence.
As a part of El Programa Hispano of Catholic Charities, Project UNICA (Un Nuevo Inicio para Concluir de Abuso/ A New Beginning to End Abuse) provides support, advocacy and opportunity for self-empowerment to Latina/o survivors of domestic and sexual violence, assisting them to exercise informed life choices free of violence and oppression. Project UNICA operations the UNICA Crisis Line, which is the first crisis line in Spanish in Multnomah County. The services to survivors of domestic and or sexual violence include:
24 hour, 7 days a week, Spanish Language Crisis Line
Case Management and Advocacy
Spanish Language Support Groups
Assistance for petitioners of restraining and stalking orders
About Project UNICA
Project UNICA believes that violence is a result of attitudes of power and control. Project UNICA maintains that violence results when people unjustly exercise their power over others. Therefore, all oppressive behaviors must be simultaneously addressed. Their approach in serving the community is based on the principle that all human beings have the right to live in a safe and healthy environment, free of threats, sexual harrassment and all types of abuse in their lives.
Catholic Charities organization has other programs that are available including:
- Immigration Legal Services
- Refugee Resettlement
- Disaster Relief Services
- Housing Transition Services
- Human Trafficking Outreach and Support
- Elizabeth House Maternity Home
- Caritas Housing Development
- Health Care Employee Assistance
- Pregnancy Support and Adoption.
To inquire about any of these other services, visit Catholic Charities online at http://www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org/ or call Catholic Charities General Phone number at 503-231-4866.
Bradley Angle Healing Roots Center
Provides advocacy and support in domestic violence to African Immigrants and African American communities.
Bradley Angle's mission is to offer survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope, while collaborating with our communities to create social change.
The Healing Roots Center was developed in 2006 to address the needs of the African Immigrant and African-American survivors of domestic violence. The Healing Roots Center is the only drop-in center in Oregon focusing on African and African-American communities dedicated to the empowerment of black women and their children who have survived domestic and sexual violence. Current offerings at The Healing Roots Center include:
- Case Managment and Advocacy
- Domestic Violence Support Groups
- Mental Health and Counseling
- Support for Children and Youth
- Parenting Classes
- Yoga for Survivors
Bradley Angle was founded in 1975 as the first West Coast's domestic violence emergency shelter and first domestic violence shelter in the country. Sharon Bradley and Pam Angle who lost their lives fleeing domestic violence, which was the event that inspired local women to create the original shelter. Rooted in Bradley Angle is a youth program, support group, transition services, case management, scattered HUD horizon voucher sites, community based services, LGBTQI advocacy support to domestic violene and empowerment classes.
Contact Bradley Angle online at http://bradleyangle.org/
Phone Numbers for Bradley Angle Services:
Administrative Office: 503-232-1528
The Healing Roots Center:503-595-9591
Transitions Services:503-595-9591 ex. 309
Community Based Services: 503-595-9591 ex. 304
LGBTQ Services:503-595-9591 ex. 305
The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Provides domestic violence advocacy and support services that are culturally appropriate for participants of Native American background and its community.
The Healing Circle works to end the silence around the issue of domestic and sexual violence by promoting community strength, respect, and balance in relationships. The Healing Circle works to reinforce the fact that domestic violence is not, nor ever has been, a traditional Native American value. The Healing Circle provides a wide array of services including:
- safety planning
- housing stabilization
- crisis intervention and advocacy
- ongoing support groups
- educational services
Additionally, they work with local programs to facilitate safety planning, provide transportation when needed, provide emergency hotel vouchers, and assure the practice of culturally relevant services in local shelters. They provide assistance with filling out and filing temporary restraining orders and child custody orders, and also help with housing and benefits issues. Domestic violence support groups meet every Thursday, 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. These support groups are closed groups held off-site for confidentiality.
NAYA was founded in 1974 by parents seeking to provide cultural opportunities for Native American children. NAYA's key values are: 1. Believe that traditional cultural values are integral to regaining sovereignty and building self-esteem. 2. Promote healthy living through positive alternatives to high risk behaviors and promote the values of sobriety, family services, employment, housing and community development programs, gang prevention and homeless youth services.
For more information about specific services, contact NAYA online at http://www.nayapdx.org/ or call their general phone number at 503-288-8177.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization's (IRCO) Refugee and Immigrant Family Strengthening Program (RIFS)
Provides culturally appropriate services and support for immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence.
The RIFS program was created in 1998 to help immigrants and refugees coming into the Tri-County area that were victims of abuse and didn't know where or how to get services and resources because of their cultural and language barriers. This may include survivors who are born in the United States but still have language and cultural barriers.
The program offers:
- Bilingual/bicultural case management
- Crisis intervention
- One on one client advocacy and support
- Access to emergency and support services
- Community outreach and education
- Support groups catered to immigrant and refugees
IRCO was founded in 1976. In order to meet the community development and social adjustment needs of refugee and immigrant families, IRCO began to expand its service range in 1987 to include a variety of social services, while at the same time retaining and strengthening existing services in training, employment, economic development and interpretation and translation. IRCO has many programs and locations around the community. Programs include family support and advocacy services, healthy start program, refugee resettlement, pre-employment training program, youth mentoring, gang prevention services, senior and disabled support and advocacy, and many more. IRCO has community buildings in the tri-county area including: Asian Family Center, Africa House, IRCO Skills Center, IRCO Senior Center and the Main IRCO building on Glisan Street. For more information specifically on services, programs and their community buildings, contact IRCO online at
http://www.irco.org/ or call their general line at 503-234-1541.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS)
ROSS began in 1994 to serve the needs of the Russian-speaking population. Their mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of domestic and sexual violence in the Russian-speaking community and provide support, advocacy and opportunity for self-empowerment to survivors. ROSS is the only organization in Portland that serves the fastest-growing immigrant and refugee population from the former Soviet Union, in Oregon and southwest Washington. Their vision is that social change of the Russian-speaking community eventually will lead to a significant decrease in domestic violence. The program currently offers the following:
- 24/7 crisis line
- Information and agency referrals
- Case management services, including crisis intervention
- Emergency client assistance
- Free mental health counseling
- Legal assistance
- Translation and advocacy on behalf of clients working with mainstream care providers
- Domestic violence and sexual assault support groups
- Cross-cultural education for mainstream providers
- Housing and educational assistance
- Mentorship program
In addition, there are other available support services to ease the adjustment to life in the U.S. for the Russian-speaking community such as:
- ESL classes
- In-home tutoring
- Breast and cervical cancer education and support
- Free dental care access
For more information regarding the Eucumenical Ministries of Oregon and specifics information about their programs, contact them online at http://www.emoregon.org/ or call the general phone number at 503-221-1054.
YWCA of Greater Portland
Provides support, advocacy, and case management to participants at the Gateway Center seeking referral, information and resources. The YWCA has provided critical services to women and their families since 1901. YWCA delivers a range of assistance to meet the needs of a diverse population of abuse survivors, seniors, women in transition, youth and other community members. YWCA also operates a shelter named Yolanda House since 1998. Yolanda House is a 22-bed facility. The shelter services food, hygiene products, clothing, crisis support, facilitation and preparation of restraining orders, and advocacy and services in line with being housed at Yolanda House. The mission of YWCA of Greater Portland is to empower survivors to achieve personal safety, self-sufficiency, and a renewed sense of hope for a better future.
Their core programs link across these four integrated service areas to provide housing, life skills, and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and their children as well as women transitioning from incarceration. We also support seniors by providing resources which allow them to maintain their independence, and prepare children to thrive in today multicultural world through innovative camp and educational programs.
Other programs at YWCA include transitional housing, Youth/Camp Programs, Senior services, energy assistance, health and fitness center and rent space at the YWCA.
- If you are in crisis and need immediate information and assistance regarding an abusive situation after the Gateway hours please call YWCA's 24-hour crisis line at 503.535.3269.
- If you are a senior and are looking for support, please call our Senior Services Program at 503.988.3840 and ask for the YWCA Senior Services.
- If you are in need of Energy Assistance please call: 503.721.6760.
Or contact YWCA online at http://www.ywca-pdx.org/.