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New Bradley Angle Video

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.

Bradley Angle, May 2014 from 10 Bridges Media on Vimeo.

 

It’s Give!Guide Time!

It’s that time of year! Willamette Week Give!Guide is officially LIVE!

If you’re an avid peruser of social media, a loyal reader of Willamette Week, or you have a great memory, you may already know what this season means: the kickoff to the Give!Guide!

For the fourth year in a row, Bradley Angle is honored to be one of the amazing local nonprofits featured in the Guide. Each year, we rally our supporters and try to encourage young donors, old donors, people who’ve never made a gift before, and people who frequently make charitable gifts to do their holiday giving through the Give!Guide.

Why?

1. It’s quick and easy. You’re literally one click away from making a gift that affects the lives of hundreds of families in need each year.

2. Every donor who gives more than $10 receives fabulous incentives like discounts and freebies from all your favorite local spots. When else do you get a gift for giving a gift?

3.Your support of Bradley Angle makes a real impact. More than half of our funding comes directly from YOU. That means your gifts help us keep the lights on at our emergency shelter, the kids in transitional housing clothed and fed, the individuals dropping into the Bradley Angle Resource Center supported, and all of our families equipped with real skills for creating safer, healthier relationships.

The Give!Guide is live until midnight on New Year’s Eve, but past years have shown that early gifts encourage other donors to choose Bradley Angle. So make a statement! Get your Give!Guide on!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Throughout October, we’ve seen a lot of Domestic Violence Awareness Month messages centered around why we need to put an end to domestic violence in our communities. We certainly agree with all the whys—everyone deserves to be safe and treated with dignity—and we feel grateful that our community is getting on the same page about that. This month we’re also feeling a sense of urgency. Making time and space for silence, for vigils, and for remembering is important, but so is making space for direct action and conversation about the ways we support survivors and how we can strengthen (and repair) the many systems survivors must navigate along their journey.

Earlier this month, our community was reminded of this urgency when a local woman, Jessie Cavett, was shot and killed by her husband in front of their young daughter. Her story reveals something that those of us who’ve been working in domestic violence have known for a long time—there’s no easy solution or one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to keeping someone safe from an abusive partner. Jessie had a restraining order. She had economic security. She had a long paper trail documenting her ongoing struggles with her ex-husband. She’d sought support from friends and neighbors. Like so many of the survivors we work with, she was doing everything in her power to keep her family safe.

This month we highlight and honor all of those acts of “surviving” that our participants take. We also find ourselves focusing on the spaces we find inspiration in this work. The images above capture some of these inspirations.

If there’s a message we want to share this Domestic Violence Awareness Month it’s that surviving domestic violence is not a singular action. It’s an ongoing series of actions we take, with the hope that tomorrow will be different. This month, we’re proud to be a part of and a witness to all of those acts of surviving, big and small.

If you were unable to join us at one of our Domestic Violence Awareness events, it’s not to late to show your support! Make a donation today in support of raising our voices against domestic violence.

Financial Empowerment Clinic

Everyone can relate to money troubles. Should you pay off your credit cards or save more for retirement? How are you going to buy Christmas presents? What does your credit report look like and how do you read it? What is the big deal about budgets? How can you prepare for your future retirement if your current paycheck barely pays the bills?

If you have these questions, empower yourself with unbiased advice from organizations whose mission is to improve your economic standing.

On Saturday, October 19th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. join the Financial Planning Association, Bradley Angle , CASA of Oregon, the Department of Consumer & Business Services, Innovative Changes, the Financial Planning Association of Oregon & SW Washington, Metropolitan Family Services, Multnomah Library, and REACH CDC for a day of free, no-strings attached workshops aimed at helping people understand how to improve their credit, get out of debt, save for the holidays and prepare for retirement.

When: Saturday, October 19th from 10am-3pm
Where: Bradley Angle Resource Center: 5432 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217 (behind Coffee House 5)

Workshop Schedule:
10:15-11am Debt or Savings: How Do I Choose?
11:15am-12pm The ABCs of Retirement
1:15pm-2pm Budgeting for your Dreams
2:15pm-3pm Getting Ready for the Holidays (With Kids!)
All Day: Pull your personal credit report or meet with a financial planner

In addition to workshops, there will be raffles for gift cards, refreshments, kid-friendly activities and access to other community resources. Professional financial planners will also be on hand for those who need additional guidance, at no charge.

Registration is not required but appreciated.

Walk-ins welcome, or register at http://www.innovativechanges.org/about/what-we-do/financial-planning-days or by calling Misha: 503-249-5205

Spotlight: Youth and Family Services

If anyone could win “Busy Bee Awards” at Bradley Angle during the summer, it’s definitely our Youth and Family Services team. OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, the library, the park, weekly music and movement classes—we’ve been doing it all! So in honor of the last month of summer, we’re introducing you to the folks at Bradley Angle who work tirelessly to meet the needs of hundreds of kids and families no matter what time of year it is.

Programs at Bradley Angle are constantly evolving to meet the emerging needs of survivors in our community, but none have seen as much dynamic growth over the past year as our Youth and Family Services Program. Thanks to innovative collaborations in our community as well as new government and foundation partners, our Youth and Family Services team grew from 1 dedicated staff to 5 over the last year. This growth has meant that our Youth and Family Services Team, headed up by Emiko Goka-Dubose, is now able to offer a variety of comprehensive prevention and early-intervention services to families who are at the highest risk of experiencing future abuse and family disruption. 

Our Family Advocate, Christina, focuses on connecting high-risk families outside of the domestic violence system with our services. Through systems advocacy, intensive skill-building, and long-term, holistic family support, Christina is at the front line of early intervention services.

Our Co-located DHS Domestic Violence Specialist, Monica, works in partnership with the Alberta Child Welfare Branch to intervene with struggling families at the first stage of child welfare involvement. She bridges clients to Bradley Angle services and ensures that a “survivor-centered” voice is represented in court and child welfare. This nationally recognized best practice results in survivors identified early on in child welfare cases, having smooth transitions into domestic violence services, being more informed about DHS intervention and processes, and developing a better understanding of the impact of domestic violence on their children.

Raya, our newest Youth Advocate, spends most of her time at our Emergency Shelter providing individual and family-focused domestic violence and trauma support to kids and their parents who are experiencing homelessness and transition. And Danielle, our Children’s Activities Facilitator, leads kids groups and field trips and provides respite childcare to our participants so that they can take financial education classes, go on job interviews, and secure safe and permanent housing.

Together, this “Fab Five” work to meet the needs of more than 150 kids and teens every year!

GlamHer 2013 a Smashing Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at GlamHer 2013! The energy, excitement, and generosity in the room was incredible, and we hope you had as much fun as we did. We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to your contributions, we raised $85,000 for domestic violence support services.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Allstate, to Poison Waters, the cast of Darcelles XV, and all of our vendors, wineries, and sponsors for helping us create such an unforgettable evening.

Featured Vendors: Cookie Lee, Stella & Dot, Silpada, Theoharis Jewelry Designs, Carol Risley Handbags, Luminata Millinery, Gifts From the Earth, and Avenue Five Jewelry.   

Featured Wineries: Sokol Blosser, Walnut City Wineworks, and Lago di Merlo.

Interested in being a part of GlamHer 2014 (May 15, 2014)? Please get in touch with Kristen!

2011-2012 Annual Report

Our 2011-2012 Annual Report is complete! We are very proud to share some of our successes and impacts with you here. For easy download, we’ve included a lower-resolution version. If you’d like the report in hi-res, or if you’d like a printed copy of the Annual Report, just let us know (please get in touch with Rebecca).

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