MLA '20 Service Project: Rahab's Sisters
Rahab’s Sisters creates community through radical hospitality with those marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use. Their doors are open to anyone who identifies as a woman or gender nonconforming.
In a pre-COVID-19 world, you would have walked into the community space on Friday to see a group of folks laughing, listening and voicing struggles around a table with one of the counselors to discuss the week's moments of hardship, flutters of hope and newfound strategies for improved mental health.
Since transitioning to socially distant services, their team from Second Growth Counseling has moved mental health services to virtual platforms that provide support in the form of education, inspiration and connection. Every week, this has included an infographic series in English and Spanish, on-call support to the on-site team, check-in calls and texts with guests, operating the Rahab's Sister's community line, and hosting a Facebook livestream every Friday evening.
Rahab’s Sisters offers stability, connection and acceptance to all who come. Community is a basic human need essential to well-being, and everyone deserves to feel they belong somewhere. Radical hospitality strives to break down barriers of fear, shame and judgment and create a healing space where individuals feel valued and find solidarity with one another.
Won't you help us make a difference? There are many ways you can help.
- Donate health, sleep and other items: Check out Rahab’s Sisters Amazon Wishlist for health, hygiene and other supplies that are needed for their guests.
- Donate while you shop online: Select Rahab’s Sisters as your charitable organization on AmazonSmile, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Rahab’s Sisters at no additional cost to you. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices, same service. Sign up now: https://smile.amazon.com
- Donate online through MLANET: MLA will collect your donations through August 31, 2020, and forward to Rahab's Sisters.
- Donate by mail: You can mail checks (made out the Rahab’s Sisters) to P.O. Box 90234, Portland, OR 97290.