February 13, 2018 (Oregon City, OR) – Today Clackamas Women’s Services cut the ribbon on The Village, the historic emergency shelter for families fleeing domestic and sexual violence in Clackamas County. The 32-year shelter has been closed to survivors for over a year during the reconstruction and expansion of the building. Today stakeholders and community partners gathered to commemorate the opening of the much needed safe housing for escaping violence, funded by a $1.8 million capital campaign.
“We are all so grateful to now have a shelter house whose design truly reflects the Village Model of emergency shelter for survivors escaping domestic and sexual violence,” said Melissa Erlbaum, Executive Director at CWS. “This new building will allow the case managers at Clackamas Women’s Services to better integrate with participants, building that sense of community that breaks the isolation of abuse. And I am so inspired by the broader community of supporters, from households to foundations to local businesses, who made this possible.”
“Home Builders Foundation is proud of the amazing partnerships that made this project possible. From the great support of Clackamas County, to members of the Home Builders Association and others in the building community, to Home Builders Foundation (HBF)and Clackamas Women’s Services. It was definitely a team effort. Over seventy trade partners came together to donate or heavily discount labor and materials for the project. It is a beautiful, safe and dignified place for women and children escaping family violence and domestic abuse and HBF is proud to have been involved from the beginning of this project,” says Brenda Ketah, Executive Director of the Home Builders Foundation.
Each room of the new shelter was designed specifically with trauma survivors in mind. Despite its size, the shelter feels like a cheery and welcoming home, with bright paint colors, hardwood floors and lots of natural light. The house is a mixture of private family rooms and communal kitchen and living room spaces designed to help build connection among survivors and break the isolation typically associated with domestic violence. The rebuild incorporates an expanded play room for children and a new room for teens, a multipurpose meeting space for support groups, art therapy, or yoga, and separate entrance for past shelter residents to return to the community they were part of after moving out to live on their own.
About Home Builders Foundation
Home Builders Foundation, established in 1997, is the charity of choice for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Their mission is to build transitional shelter for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in our community and provide construction related educational opportunities for individuals interesting in pursuing a career in the home building industry. Visit BuildHopePDX.org for more info.
About Clackamas Women’s Services
Clackamas Women’s Services was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for women and children escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’s service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote self-determination. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly-trained staff with advanced expertise. The 24-hour crisis line is 1-888-654-2288. To learn more, please visit https://www.cwsor.org/.