May 24, 2017 | by The Salvation Army

With no money, no housing and no one to turn to after fleeing her abuser, Rachel found The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES). SAFES is a low-barrier shelter that provides food, shelter, case-management and day services to women in need. In 2016, SAFES provided over 33,000 women a safe, dry and warm place to rest.

Rachel stayed at SAFES for over two years and worked with her case manager to prepare her for life outside the shelter. During her stay at SAFES, she was informed of the Safe Harbor program and decided to enroll.

The Safe Harbor program is a clean and sober living space, where women receive case-management and support to overcome individual barriers, develop skills, and obtain permanent housing.

“Safe Harbor made me more prepared to live in the real world again. Not only did they help with getting the housing, they helped me with furniture and necessities after I moved in.” – Rachel

Since Rachel completed the Safe Harbor program, she now has a place of her own, the skills to succeed, and a steady job with the Portland Public School District. She stays connected to the Safe Harbor program by inspiring current participants and by helping graduates move into their new homes.

With a lack of affordable housing in Portland, these beds provide a needed space for women experiencing homelessness. Rachel is one of many women who sought help from SAFES in a time of need.

Learn more about the various programs at safes.salvationarmy.org

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