Bradley Angle Joins the Raise the Wage Movement

Bradley Angle is proud to announce that as of July 1, 2015, we have raised our minimum wage to $15 an hour, making us one of the first direct service organizations in the Portland area to do so. We are also happy to announce today that we have joined the Raise the Wage coalition, a growing group of workers, nonprofits, community groups, and business owners committed to giving workers a much-needed raise in 2016.

At a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet and when the economy is a worry for countless Americans, we see it as our responsibility to ensure that all employees are paid a more livable wage.

“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.

Bradley Angle empowers survivors of domestic violence economically by hosting financial literacy programs and offering program participants opportunities to build their credit. With a $15 minimum wage, Bradley Angle can help to bring that same sense of empowerment to its hardworking employees.

“As an organization committed to building opportunities for economic security for survivors of domestic violence, it was important for us to make a commitment to offer a more realistic minimum wage for our own staff. We are proud we were able to accomplish this in advance of minimum wage legislation, and grateful to our community supporters for making it possible,” says Executive Director Deborah Steinkopf.

Kohl also stated that “the number one reason survivors stay in abusive relationships is lack of financial resources.  Thus, economic empowerment is a critical part of our work in helping survivors rebuild their lives.”

Bradley Angle hopes that raising the minimum wage for our staff will encourage other employers of survivors in our community to do the same.

National Purple Purse Movement to Benefit Bradley Angle this October

Bradley Angle is proud to announce that it has joined the The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by The Allstate Foundation.

As a part of this Challenge, The Allstate Foundation will be donating $500,000 to ignite public awareness and fundraising for 160 U.S. charities benefiting domestic violence survivors. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $100,000 donation. Second place gets $75,000, third gets $50,000, fourth gets $25,000 and 5th-10th each get $10,000. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win the $100,000 grand prize donation.

It all starts on October 1st, the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The national ambassador for the Purple Purse Challenge is Scandal star Kerry Washington.

Locally, Wild author Cheryl Strayed has pledged her support to Bradley Angle. All donors who give to Bradley Angle through the Purple Purse Challenge will earn a complimentary ticket to Bradley Angle’s Wild Lunch featuring Cheryl Strayed for every $100 they contribute.

The Wild Lunch will be held on October 29, from 12pm to 1pm at The Nines Hotel in Downtown Portland.

Wild Author Cheryl Strayed Celebrates Bradley Angle’s 40th Anniversary at Wild Lunch

Bradley Angle is proud to announce the Wild Lunch to celebrate its 40th Anniversary this October.

This anniversary celebration will feature a keynote address from Portlander Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Wild Lunch will be held on October 29, from 12pm to 1pm at The Nines Hotel in Downtown Portland.

 

About the Cause

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 800 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.

For tickets and sponsorship information, visit http://braldeyangle.ejoinme.org/2015Lunch.