SEMpdx Charity of Choice
Each year, SEMpdx selects a Charity of Choice to support for a 12 month period. Benefits for our Charity of Choice organization include:
- Recognition at events and in our collateral materials
- Opportunity to attend and display collateral materials at our monthly events
- A complimentary booth at our Engage Conference
- Pro-bono digital marketing consulting services from SEMpdx board members and volunteers
- Up to $5,000 donation based on matching donations from SEMpdx members
- Make your donation to Rose Haven here
Your generous support of SEMpdx makes Charity of Choice possible, so be sure to become a member, attend our events or become a sponsor. If you are interested in nominating a Portland-area non-profit organization for Charity of Choice, please contact us.
2023 Charity of Choice:
Rose Haven Day Shelter and Community Center
Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges.
We break the cycle of homelessness by providing meals, clothing, first aid, mailing addresses, hygiene, restrooms, showers as well as educational programs and guidance through medical and social services. By meeting basic needs and building trust, we empower our guests to explore long-term change.
At Rose Haven a diverse group of women, children and gender nonconforming folks can be safe and begin their unique healing process. Whether that is simply by having a cup of coffee on the couch and engaging with other women, or by participating in an array of constructive activities, socialization helps fight the dehumanization and invisibility that our guests face.
At Rose Haven we are a community within the community of Portland. Rose Haven’s operating model is equitable and inclusive, and removes barriers for women and their children, allowing them to get back on their feet.
The first and only step to access services at Rose Haven is signing the “Community Agreement”. This document is signed by all staff, volunteers and guests alike, stating that we agree to treat each other with respect and dignity in our shared space. This eliminates any stratification and helps our guests heal by feeling respected and equal. Trauma and homelessness can be very isolating, and that isolation can compound mental challenges and barriers for those trying to find housing or employment.
Rose Haven also has a vibrant online community and a diverse group of grassroots supporters and volunteers who keep our programs going. We also have Online Community Agreement to make sure our guests and community are safe and respected in that shared space as well.