From Our Archives: Part One
Many people don’t know that before Bradley Angle opened, our founder Bonnie Tinker had helped establish Prescott House in 1971 in Northeast Portland. Prescott House served primarily as a shelter for women released from prison. As time went on, it became apparent to the organizers and residents of Prescott House that more and more of the women seeking shelter were escaping violent partners. Helping these women soon became the new organizing model for their work, and in 1975, a group of staff and volunteers decided to purchase a new house to be designated for survivors of domestic violence. This group of young, primarily lesbian activists secured support and fiscal sponsorship from the American Friends Service Committee and founding board members Kay Sohl and Jean DeMaster provided critical advice to the project and helped the young organization file for nonprofit status.
This new venture became known as Bradley Angle, named after two of the first residents of Prescott House who lost their lives to drugs and violence: Sharon Bradley and Pam Angle. By memorializing these women, Bradley Angle’s founders sought to help us remember the importance of the shelter’s existence.
In true Portland fashion, our community responded. Volunteers, supporters and neighbors helped Bradley Angle’s founders navigate City Hall to get a residential care facility license and donated furniture, beds and linens to make the house a home. The Collins Foundation was an early funder and has supported Bradley Angle annually since 1976. The United Way of Columbia-Willamette began their support one year later, in 1977.
Bradley Angle was the first domestic violence shelter to be opened on the entire west coast, and one of the first in the country. The shelter was confidentially located and the staff were predominantly unpaid. Within days of opening, the shelter was full and has remained so for the last 40 years.
This is part one in a series commemorating our 40th Anniversary. Each month we will share a glimpse into Bradley Angle’s history.
March Madness, Bradley Angle Style
What a month it has been!
We have had some great programmatic successes here at Bradley Angle. The talented staff in our Economic Empowerment Program have been offering tax advice to ensure survivors take full advantage of tax credits for which they are eligible. Community Advisory Committees for our Healing Roots and LGBTQ programs met to discuss community needs and program planning. And, we graduated a new group of 18 participants in our 40-week trauma recovery support group, which included side-by-side group for 11 of their children.
Earlier this month, we participated in a listening session with representatives from the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women and hosted them for a discussion about the Defending Childhood Initiative at the Bradley Angle Resource Center. We shared our unique approaches to helping children who have witnessed violence heal from trauma, build resilience and strengthen the bond with the non-abusing parent. We were honored to be part of this conversation and to showcase our work to strengthen families.
This month we also said goodbye to long-time Fiscal Director Brian Riffel who served on the agency’s leadership team for nine years. We welcome our new Director of Finance and Operations, Terry Miley, who joins Bradley Angle with two decades of experience in nonprofit financial management and accounting. We also welcome Hayley Gibbs, our new Family Advocate working with the Defending Childhood Initiative team.
We are working hard to make GlamHer 2015 even more fun, if that’s possible, playing with a 1975 vibe for the event, as this year we commemorate Bradley Angle’s 40th anniversary of providing life changing and life saving services. We are happy to announce new and returning sponsors for this year’s sassy event, including Vernier Software, Bishops Barbershops, USI, Fred Meyer, Pacific Continental Bank, Besaw’s and Sussman Shank. We are grateful to all of our business partners!
Hope to see you at GlamHer,
Changing Lives. Together.
Imagine a world without domestic violence shelters. A United States without the Violence Against Women Act. No viral videos prompting public conversations about domestic violence. Certainly no haunting Super Bowl ads like the ones we saw this year.
It was in this reality that Bradley Angle was founded.
In 1975 we opened the west coast’s first domestic violence shelter to offer safety and support to women fleeing violent homes. Our founders were also committed to addressing the entrenched silence around domestic violence and the harmful ways survivors were revictimized because of that silence.
In honor of our 40th anniversary, we want to reconnect with those early years of our work, and the many board members, staff, volunteers, and supporters who helped Bradley Angle achieve its important mission over the past four decades. Throughout 2015 we will commemorate this good work through events and communications. Going forward, our eNews will provide a space to reflect on where we’ve been and who helped us along the way. You can also get history updates by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
The landscape around us continues to shift. There is greater awareness about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence, and more protections and safety options for survivors. But the need for services like those offered at Bradley Angle are more critical than ever as many survivors also struggle with poverty and trauma symptoms. Survivors of color and LGBTQ survivors have added challenges to rebuilding their lives because of discrimination and systemic barriers.
Bradley Angle has developed programmatic responses that aim to address these intersections effectively, to make lasting change. We have gotten this far in the evolution of our work because of friends and supporters like you.
We hope you will celebrate this important work with us, this year especially! First up is our annual GlamHer event, slated for May 7th at The Nines. We promise an unforgettable evening with wine, good food, and campy fun with drag queens from Darcelle’s. Tickets are going fast so reserve yours today here!
GlamHer is Bradley Angle’s signature celebration. This sassy, stylish affair offers guests the opportunity to mingle, taste wine and food from around the Pacific Northwest, photo ops with some of Portland’s most notable drag queens, and bid on fantastic auction packages to support survivors of domestic violence.
Located next to Pioneer Square and the central business district, the Nines is a Portland luxury hotel that practically says “GlamHer.” Striking original art pieces and an elegant staircase enhance the ambience of the event space, sure to set the perfect backdrop to a night to remember.
Established in 1975 as the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast, Bradley Angle supports survivors in achieving safety, empowerment, healing, and hope. Every year, more than 550 adults, teens, and kids walk through the doors at Bradley Angle for emergency shelter, housing assistance, financial education, healthy relationships classes, and more. We are devoted to building communities free from domestic violence and oppression, where loving, compassionate and equitable relationships exist for all people.
In 2015, we expect about 250-300 attendees, primarily women ages 30-55. These individuals are community minded and are socially conscientious key influencers and connectors.
Our Services in Motion
Thank you to our friends at 10 Bridges Media for the new video! Please take some time to hear one survivor’s story about the road to recovery after domestic violence.
Tonight is my last night at Bradley Angle, and I want to share with you the hope, the empowerment, and the sisterhood I’ve found here. When I first called, I was panicked, afraid, angry, alone.
“I wish I could run home to Mom and Dad,” I said. However, they’d been dead for many years. I’d been demeaned, betrayed, lied to and abused by the person I had shared with most intimately—my... Read More »
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