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Out of the Streets of Portland

May 20, 2024

Welcome to Out of the Streets of Portland, a podcast focused on sharing the stories of people who are currently or formerly homeless in our community, and helping navigate the systems and services that the Joint Office of Homeless Services and its partners either have in place, or are developing, to help people move out of homelessness and back into stable, supportive housing. 

On this episode of Out of the Streets of Portland, we bring you part two of a two part episode featuring the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault system of care funded and supported by the Joint Office of Homeless Services in Multnomah County.

This system serves Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as their children or other dependents. 

On this episode, we speak with three staff members at Raphael House - Shaykeishya, Ashley and Rachel, who help survivors navigate the system to get the help and support they need.

Here are some phone numbers people who think they may be in a domestic violence situation can call to get some help. The first number is Call to Safety - 503.235.5333 - a 24-hour staffed crisis line for people in the Portland metro area.

En espanol - tenemos un Línea de Crisis 503-232-4448. Es un Línea 24 horas para las sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y/o asalto sexual.

Survivors can also call the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services during regular business hours at 503-988-6400 to go through an assessment, which can then determine eligibility for Raphael House or other Joint Office funded programs in the Portland area.


Shaykeishya, Ashley and Rachel have all been through the process of recovery from domestic violence and addiction themselves, and are now working at Raphael House in a program called Domestic Violence Recovery Mentors helping other people flee domestic violence situations.

The program is open to people of all genders who are fleeing an abusive relationship and experiencing an addiction - substance use disorder or another type of addiction.

The program they run is called Domestic Violence Recovery Mentors. To find out more about this program, contact Shaykeishya at 503-593-3874 or

One of the key values of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault is self-determination for survivors. The work is grounded in a “survivor-centered” or “survivor led” service model; recognizing that survivors know best how to meet their own needs. This focus serves to prevent replication of power & control that might resemble that used by an abuser and is one of the most important values of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Continuum as a whole.

You can find more information, including how to get assistance with a restraining order, at the Multnomah County website -


A full list of shelters funded by the Joint Office of Homeless Services, including congregate, motel and alternative, village-style shelters can be found at johs dot us slash shelter.


Thank you for joining us for this episode of Out of the Streets of Portland.This podcast is produced by the Joint Office of Homeless Services, a Multnomah County department with funding from the County, the City of Portland, Metro, and the state and federal governments to house, shelter, and provide street outreach, navigation, employment assistance, assistance obtaining social security income, and case management to people experiencing homelessness in our community.


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Thanks again for listening to Out of the Streets of Portland.