Bradley Angle’s Sold-Out GlamHer Raises over $220,000 for Survivors of Domestic Violence

PORTLAND, ORE – May 22, 2017 – GlamHer, Bradley Angle’s signature event, reached for the stars and celebrated galactic ideas at this year’s science fiction-inspired ball. Sold out two weeks in advance, the fundraiser hosted 460 guests at the posh Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.

Drag legend, Poison Waters, guided the electric crowd through an entertaining evening with performances and her entourage of Queens. Guests opened their hearts and wallets raising over $220,000 for survivors of domestic violence. The most spirited live auction item was a Drag Queen Makeover by Poison Waters and the rare chance to perform in Super!Drag at the Darcelle XV Showplace alongside legendary Queen Darcelle. READ MORE…Bradley Angle’s Sold-Out GlamHer Raises over $220,000 for Survivors of Domestic Violence

 

IKEA Portland Chooses Bradley Angle

IKEA Portland is celebrating ten years with a thank you campaign designed to give back. “We’ve just granted a $10,000 request to outfit children’s rooms in its new Tami Best Shelter Program”. The IKEA team also made over rooms at the Bradley Angle Resource Center. “We hope these new furnishings will provide comfort in a calming and safe environment where families can begin the healing process.” Bradley Angle is thankful for this donation and the opportunity to provide a beautiful and safe place for its participants. See Video

Bradley Angle Expands Number of Shelter Beds for Domestic Violence Survivors

Bradley Angle will partner with REACH Community Development and The Joint Office of Homeless Services to open four properties for domestic violence survivors and their children who need safe, intermediary housing.

The four properties, owned by REACH, will offer a range of one, two, and three bedroom units to meet a variety of family sizes. The Joint Office of Homeless Services will provide $167,000 to support this project per year for the next year.

In Portland, 1 in 7 women will experience domestic violence this year. Fifty percent of homeless women in Portland identify domestic violence as the reason they became homeless in the first place. The addition of these properties will allow Bradley Angle to more rapidly respond to survivors and provide stability to families during their transition.

The project will be dedicated “The Tami Best Emergency Shelter Program” in memory of Tami Best, who died a victim of domestic violence at the age of 42.

“The Tami Best Emergency Shelter is a critical addition to the safety net for domestic violence survivors fleeing dangerous, life-threatening situations,” said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman of the project. “The partnership between Bradley Angle, REACH and the Joint Office is another example of the all-hands-on-deck approach our community relies on to provide immediate, safe housing for survivors and their children,” he continued.

Tami was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and was the mother of former Bradley Angle employee, Angela Frazier. Like many people experiencing domestic violence, Tami didn’t share much about her abusive relationship with her family. At the time of her death, her family was concerned about her becoming increasingly isolated.

About naming the project after her mother, Angela said, “I’m glad to know that more survivors in Oregon will now have access to emergency shelter when they need it. My family and I are so touched that Bradley Angle chose to honor my mom by naming this project in her honor.”

The Tami Best Emergency Shelter properties are set to open later this month and will house up to 15 people escaping domestic violence for 60 to 90 day stays. Approximately 100 people will be supported by this project per year.

“I’m proud of the work on this project because it will provide immediate help and relief to domestic violence survivors by giving them a safe place to stay,” said Multnomah County Chair, Deborah Kafoury. “These housing units are critical to the survival of women and children who are facing dangerous situations. This partnership between local government, Bradley Angle and REACH CDC is a model that we should all follow when it comes to providing safety, security and peace of mind for those affected by domestic violence,” Chair Kafoury continued.

Make a donation to Bradley Angle to help Angela raise money in her mother’s honor.

How to Access the Tami Best Emergency Shelter Program

If you are experiencing domestic violence and in need of emergency shelter, please contact Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women’s Crisis Line) at 503.235.5333 to learn about all shelter options available in our community, including the Tami Best program. Shelter assignments will be made through a coordinated process that takes into account the needs of all survivors who receive services at any domestic violence organization in Multnomah County.

How Readers Can Help

Bradley Angle is seeking benefactors to replenish supplies when families move in and out of shelter. This will allow families leaving the Tami Best program to take basic necessities like, sheets, towels, and other essentials with them when they find long-term housing. Learn more about the Adopt-A-Home Program here.

 

Gov. Brown’s “Coming Out” as Domestic Violence Survivor Highlights Issue this October

View the full media release here: Gov. Brown’s “Coming Out” as Domestic Violence Survivor Highlights Issue this October

Governor Kate Brown declared for the first time publicly that she is a survivor of domestic violence; the same week Bradley Angle launched a national giving campaign in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Shortly after Gov. Brown disclosed she was a domestic violence survivor, Bud Pierce, her opponent in Oregon’s Gubernatorial race, stated, “A woman that has a great education and training and a great job is not susceptible to this kind of abuse by men, women or anyone.”

This falsehood is one of the many myths Bradley Angle and the Purple Purse Challenge is working tirelessly to debunk.

“Comments made in the race for Oregon Governor have reminded us about the importance of raising awareness about domestic violence and busting the myths that persist on this issue,” says Rebecca Alexander, Bradley Angle Development and Communications Director. “Domestic violence does not discriminate. It affects people of all education levels and people in every income strata,” Alexander continued.

Pierce’s comments came after a question about data from Count Her In, a recently released report that shows 50 percent of women and girls in Oregon said that they had been the victim of domestic violence or sexual violence.

Bradley Angle is the only Oregon nonprofit competing for $650,000 in grant funding as a part of The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Challenge, which kicked off on September 28. The challenge, an annual competition hosted on CrowdRise, is a public fundraising and awareness campaign that coincides with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In order to count toward an organization’s total, donations must be received by October 25 at 2 on ET. Along with $115,000 in weekly bonus challenges, the organization in each division that raises the most money will receive a $100,000 grant; second place will receive $50,000; third place will win $25,000; fourth place earns $20,000; and fifth place will get $15,000.

To help Bradley Angle win The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, head over to crowdrise.com/BradleyAngle2016.

 

Our Participants Need You this Holiday Season!

Bradley Angle is seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committee for its 2nd Annual Holiday Store!

Last year’s store welcomed more than 100 survivors of domestic violence and was a huge success by all measures! We are excited to invite you to make this year even more amazing!

If you would like to bring smiles and warmth to your community this holiday season, look no further and apply to join the Holiday Wish Drive Committee today!

On behalf of all of us at Bradley Angle, thank you for your interest.

Cascade AIDS Project and Bradley Angle Receive $713,134 to Help HIV-Positive Domestic Violence Survivors

View the full media release here: New Project to House Domestic Violence Survivors Living with HIV

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) and Bradley Angle are pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding in the amount of $713,134.  The grant will support the “Katie Project”, a program designed to help HIV-positive domestic violence survivors in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area connect with the housing and supportive services they need to live healthy and safe lives. The funds will be managed by the Portland Housing Bureau while CAP and Bradley Angle will administer the project’s day-to-day programming.

The Katie Project is named after an HIV-positive woman who came to Cascade AIDS Project seeking help finding housing for her and her son. (Her name and identifying information have been changed to protect her identity.) They were escaping Katie’s abusive husband and needed assistance with everything from tapping into financial resources to maintaining medical care to finding housing that would allow her son to continue attending the same school and would let them keep their dog—an important part of the family’s stability.

The way Katie handled these challenges is inspiring.  Five years later, she’s emotionally and physically healthy. She’s financially stable, and her son is thriving in high school. Katie is one of many individuals who benefit from a thoughtful, effective collaboration between housing, AIDS services, and domestic violence organizations.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with Bradley Angle and the City of Portland to offer these vital services,” said CAP Executive Director, Tyler TerMeer. “HIV-positive individuals experience domestic violence at higher rates than the general population. Collaborating with the City and Bradley Angle allows us to work with this population to get them into safe and stable housing situations.” Studies show that once in safe housing, people with HIV are better able to access comprehensive health care and supportive services, get on HIV treatment, and take their HIV medication consistently which results in better health outcomes for the individual and the community.

“The Katie Project is the kind of nonprofit effort that truly transforms lives for the long term,” stated Bradley Angle Executive Director, Jackie Yerby. “This intervention will respond to the complex challenges participants experience when surviving domestic violence and living with HIV.  Every survivor’s story is unique. So are their needs. And so too must be the support we offer.”

Grant funding was made available by the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. The HOPWA Program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Kenneth James, personal chef to Damian Lillard, makes Fourth of July special at shelter

FullSizeRender (7)Kenneth James may be a personal chef to Damian Lillard, but he’s a role model to us at Bradley Angle. When Kenneth isn’t preparing top notch meals for NBA stars he is donating his time at Bonnie Tinker House, our emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors.

He teaches beginner cooking classes for the kids at shelter and occasionally prepares the house a delicious meal. What a way to get their minds off of everything else!

Most recently, Chef James prepared an amazing meal for the Fourth of July. This has kick-started our newest program to get involved at our shelter: The Adopt-A-Holiday Program. Each holiday now has the opportunity to be adopted by a family, company or community member.

Do you want to make a difference for families at shelter? Adopt-A-Holiday today!

Chef James volunteerism is not just special for the families at our shelter, it’s also special for him. “Bradley Angle provided me an opportunity to give back through my passion for cooking. I can remember being at home as a child and wondering what my mother would come home and make for dinner, and often times if she was going to make anything at all. As I got older my mother trusted me with preparing the meals while she was away. So it’s my pleasure teach the kids some basic recipes that they can carry into the future. Being able to feed my siblings and myself literally saved my life.”

Bradley Angle is happy to have Chef James as a part of our team. Thank you for your commitment to Bradley Angle!

Red Dress PDX was a Success!

Q: When and how did you get involved with Red Dress PDX?

A: It was about 13 years ago. My neighbors were founding members of the party and they asked if I wanted to help out. They needed extra volunteers, I had the time, and the rest is pretty much history!

 

Q: What do you want people to know about the history of Red Dress? 

A: It is an all-volunteer organization that puts the party on. There are no paid professionals in our group of 7. We all have fulltime jobs and then we have responsibilities for so this party, so it really is a labor of love for the community.

 

Q: Why should people be involved with Red Dress PDX?

A: Why not? … It is a great opportunity for people to gain skills and a great place to meet people especially if you’re new to the Portland area or apart the beneficiary organizations. It is more than a nonprofit but a community building experience when you volunteer with Red Dress.  Email volunteerrdp@gmail.com  to get involved!

 

Q: What should people look forward to for Red Dress PDX 2017?

A: Expect more! We hope to have more of a financial impact, more people, and make an even bigger economic buzz. When we plan the party, we (the board) think in terms of a theme and how creative our guests can get. We also think about how the party will help local thrift stores and businesses. This means a lot to us. And then of course, look forward to a fun time to be had by all. Don’t miss the next Red Dress PDX on May 20th, 2017.

Bradley Angle welcomes Shea Morrison and Karlee Wallender to its Board of Directors

Bradley Angle welcomes Ms. Shea Morrison of Wells Fargo and Ms. Karlee Wallender of US Bank to its Board of Directors. While they both come from the banking world, they will join a diverse board from a variety of sectors in Portland.

Shea Morrison is currently a District Manager for Wells Fargo. She believes a safe environment vital to growth and development—for adults and children alike! She’s looking forward to fostering these safe environments through her Board service at Bradley Angle and we are thrilled to have her on our team. In addition to her banking expertise and connections, Shea is also a wonderful communicator, incredibly empathetic, and an outside-the-box thinker. She says that harmony is her number one strength; she is talented at keeping things fair and consistent.

Karlee Wallender works as a Risk Manager at US Bank. She believes with care, patience, education and support, Bradley Angle can assist survivors in the transition to a new life without violence. Karlee brings a great amount of passion and dedication for safe families and has served on Bradley Angle’s Finance Committee for nearly two years. One of the reasons Karlee volunteers with Bradley Angle is to be part of something bigger than herself.

Voices of Domestic Violence Survivors

Bradley Angle is proud to announce that we have partnered with Cat Del Buono and Blue Sky Gallery to bring “Voices” to our city.

Cat has spent the last two years interviewing domestic violence survivors at shelters in different cities and creating this project called “Voices.”  The project is an installation of 20 small monitors playing videos of survivors telling their stories, but only their mouths are captured by the frame. When viewers walk into the exhibit, the multiple voices create a symphony of unrecognizable words. Only when you approach an individual monitor do you hear their personal and traumatic stories and thankfully, how they have gotten out of their situations.

The necessity of this movement on the part of viewers functions as a call to action: as a society, we must not allow the epidemic of domestic violence and those who are affected by it to remain invisible; an inaudible crowd of statistics.

It all starts on July 7th for the opening night and the panel discussion will take place on July 9th, 3pm at Blue Sky Gallery. This exhibit will be showing until the end of the month.

Join us these days as we raise awareness of domestic violence and work to create a community free of domestic violence.

Upcoming exhibit:

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR
July 6 – July 31, 2016
Opening Reception: July 7, 6-9pm
Panel Discussion: July 9, 3pm

 

More information here.