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  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.

24 New Homes and Counting!

Thanks to a large injection for short-term funds from A Home for Everyone, a joint initiative of the City of Portland and Multnomah County, Bradley Angle has been able to help 24 survivors of domestic violence move into new, safe, and affordable housing in the last six weeks.

Talia was one of the survivors we served through this program. She had moved into our shelter almost four months ago.  (The average length of stay in our shelter is now about 90 days, 40% higher than it was 18 months ago, due to the Portland Housing Crisis.)

Talia had a hard time getting housing for a few reasons. As a single mom her budget is limited. She needed a two-bedroom apartment for less than $1,000/month in rent.

Also, when she told her abuser that their relationship was over, he got increasingly violent and manipulative. He emptied their bank accounts in hopes that she would become dependent on him and change her mind about breaking up. One night, after she moved her things into their son’s room, he smashed in their son’s door to scare and intimidate her. These abusive acts meant that Talia didn’t have money to pay their bills when they came due, which quickly led to her and her son’s eviction from the damaged property.

So, in addition to a limited budget, Talia had an eviction and rental debt on her record.

Because our staff have relationships with private landlords, Talia was able to help the person who is now her landlord to understand her eviction was a consequence of the abuse she endured and not indicative of the kind of tenant she would be. Bradley Angle also made a grant to Talia to pay her rental debt, so her credit score will start to improve.

Now that Talia’s settling into her new apartment, she’s looking forward to enrolling in our Economic Empowerment Program to learn more about her money and career options.

Bradley Angle Welcome Ms. Yvonne Inserra to its Board of Directors

Bradley Angle welcomes Ms. Yvonne Inserra to its Board of Directors. She joins a dedicated board comprised of community leaders from a variety of sectors in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Inserra is looking forward to joining her fellow Board members in advancing the work of Bradley Angle to serve survivors and break the cycles of domestic violence in the Portland community.

Ms. Inserra brings a wealth of experience from the commercial title and escrow industry. She is an executive sales person at First American Title Insurance Company National Commercial Services. From the simplest commercial transactions to the most complicated multi-property and multi-state transactions, First American provides personalized and individualized service regardless of size, complexity, or geographic diversity of the properties in a transaction. With more than 20 years’ experience in the title and escrow industry, Ms. Inserra is dedicated to help businesses meet their real estate needs.

Yvonne enjoys spending spare time with her husband and dogs. “I wish everyone received the greeting I do every time I come home! They are the most unconditionally loving creatures in the entire world.  It’s a true gift.  If I could figure out a way to bottle it and give it away for free, I would.”

Bradley Angle Welcomes Kiera Hansen, Community Based Services Manager

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1. What is your role at Bradley Angle and how did you get involved?

I am the new Community Based Services Manager. I am from Vancouver, WA and have been back in Portland for approximately 6 years. During this time, professional and community-based activist work has often brought me into contact with Bradley Angle’s services. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a historically-rich and culturally-relevant organization that is committed to social justice for all people.

2. What is your history working with survivors of domestic violence?

I am a survivor myself with personal stories that disrupt commonly-held domestic violence and sexual assault narratives. I believe this reality along with my commitment to social justice has really solidified a dedication to eradicating interpersonal and systemic violence for all people and to specifically make sure that domestic violence and sexual assault systems are meeting the needs of those disproportionately impacted by violence.

I’ve worked with survivors in interpersonal violence agencies (Portland Women’s Crisis Line, YWCA Yolanda House) as well as many other agencies that work with survivors including, but not limited to: a queer youth-specific program at Portland Parks and Recreation, Cascade AIDS Project (specifically their youth sexual health education program CHATpdx), Transitional Projects for Women’s Winter Warming Shelter, Human Solutions’ Family Winter Warming Shelter, the Multnomah County Syringe Exchange, Planned Parenthood and several out-of state sexual health non-profits and LGBTQ Community Centers.

3. Why do you believe the work at Bradley Angle is important?

I believe that everyone deserves a life free from interpersonal, systemic and institutional violence and I’m dedicated to using my privilege to work in solidarity with all communities experiencing oppression who invite me to be a part of their movements. While this work is difficult, Bradley Angle is dedicated to working to eradicate violence at all levels from making sure survivors have access to food, a safe place to live, securing housing, finding support/creating community to working within our communities to provide education around all of the -isms. Work on all of these levels is important if we truly want real and sustainable change for everyone impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

4. What are your top two favorite movies?

My favorite movies are Clueless and Magic Mike XXL. Don’t we all need a little escapism?

A Day On, Not a Day Off

Monday, January 18th Bradley Angle celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in a special way! We received an enormous amount of donations that we needed to unpack and distribute to the survivors we serve.

This day of service was a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service in order to strengthen our community. We couldn’t have done it without community partners, Wells Fargo and the Boys & Girls Clubs from Oregon and SW Washington.

Raise the Wage Update

Bradley Angle stands with Raise the Wage Oregon. As of July 1, 2015 we were proud to announce that we raised our minimum wage to $15 an hour. This decision made us one of the first direct service organizations in the Portland area to do so. “It has always been our intention to support our own employees by providing them with a more livable wage. We’re
grateful to now be in a position to do so,” says JoAnn Kohl, Bradley Angle’s board chair.

Going forward we have been involved in supporting our state legislature to raise the wage through a legislative process. On February 1, 2016, Bradley Angle staff, Board Member Kate Ertmann, and small business owner Crystal Beasley took a trip to the State Capitol for a lobby day. There we talked to legislators about the need for raising the wage. Topics that came up included how raising the wage will help working families and small business owners get by, as every dollar of their raise will go directly back into Oregon’s local economy. We also discussed that we need to create an economy that works for working women and their families. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers in our state are women, many with children, struggling to make ends meet. An economy that works for working women means equal pay for equal work and a higher minimum wage.

Bradley Angle knows that the number one reason that people stay in abusive relationships is because they can’t afford to leave. Raising the wage will directly benefit the survivors we serve to obtain good paying jobs and safe housing.

From The Archives

In 2009 Bradley Angle was one of the first domestic violence agencies in Oregon to introduce economic empowerment programs. Since its inception in the early 70s, the movement to end violence against women has characterized domestic violence as a pervasive social problem that knows no class boundaries. Early on, advocates stressed the paramount importance of addressing needs for safety and legal recourse. Despite altering public thinking about domestic violence, establishing shelters for those survivors seeking safety, and transforming the criminal justice response, survivors who also struggle with poverty remain at risk for repeated abuse. We recognize that in order to interrupt the cycle of violence it is critical that survivors attain economic security.


We began this work by providing financial education classes at our Resource Center in N Portland, with funding and curricula from The Allstate Foundation. In the last six years, we have added one-on-one advocacy support to address credit repair, budgeting, and building savings. We added asset building tools such as matched savings accounts and IDAs. Last October, our Economic Empowerment Program team received the 2014 Judge Herrell Award for Outstanding Community Collaboration, issued by Multnomah County’s Family Violence Coordination Council.


Today, Bradley Angle is the leading agency providing economic empowerment services and tools to survivors of domestic violence, and co-manages the Savings for Survivors program, which benefits survivors across the state.

Meet Our New Economic Empowerment Intern



Our Economic Empowerment Program is pleased to introduce Jemila Hart, our new MSW intern!

Jemila attends Portland State University and has experience in asset building and is actively involved in the local arts community.

Bradley Angle is happy to have Jemila as a new member of the team!

Below is a light-hearted Q&A with Jemila!


Q: What is your role at Bradley Angle and how did you get involved?

Answer: I am the MSW Student Intern for the Economic Empowerment Program at Bradley Angle. I happened to get involved through my Masters of Social Work program at PSU and Cassie Russel (EEP Program Manager) is my field instructor. I have done some asset building in the past and wanted to see how it relates to survivors of domestic violence.

Question: What is your history working with economic empowerment?

Answer: I have worked for the last 12 years with the housing authority of Clackamas County. A part of that program was to connect housing residents with IDA savings accounts and coordinate with employment supportive services in the county.

Question: Why do you believe this program is important for survivors of DV?

Answer: It makes since that survivors of domestic violence need financial stability in order to move forward in their lives to support themselves and their family. A lot of survivors are using the EEP program to go back to school or start a business. This is an important part of healing and hope that Bradley Angle provides. I want to be a part of that!

Question: Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!

Answer: I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger in West Africa. I did a lot of community based work focusing on micro-financing for groups of women.