Survive & Thrive
Rita’s Place is a nonprofit organization nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hood, near Portland, OR. Rita’s Place assists individuals with mental/physical illnesses and survivors of abuse or natural disasters. We provide assistance in relocating individuals or families. We help with safety planning, food, clothing & household items. We do not work from Government Grants. We rely solely on donations from the community & volunteers that don’t get paid anything except that special feeling that comes from giving from the heart. We have a network of social service agencies which provide a solid support system. A solid support system is necessary in order to create a safe environment in which the healing process may begin.
Healing & Empowerment
The healing process begins as soon as we are contacted. We immediately go to work helping individuals/families with the seemingly never ending forms and applications that are necessary to receive emergency benefits from social service agencies, and civic or city governments. We help coordinate between the individuals and the agencies, thereby eliminating the unnecessary repetition of embarrassing, painful, and often lengthy explanations by the individuals already in crisis. We want to help break the cycle of co-dependent behaviors that often lead to abusive situations; so, we teach skills such as planning for the future, starting with setting goals.
Rita’s Place provides support to hidden sub-cultural groups, helping improve upon communication skills and teaching conflict resolution. We do this by mentoring single parents and showing them how to create goals. We help them follow the steps required to achieve their goals so that they may maintain safe, stable, nurturing, learning & loving environments for their families. By providing therapy through musical and visual arts, our education process helps prevent early teen pregnancies & unites families. We provide a full transitioning program that helps empower people with necessary life skills so they may be integrated back into society and lead independent lives.
The Integration Process
The integration process includes academic and career planning. We teach people how to obtain grants for college. We offer safe environments in which parents don’t have to worry about their families while they concentrate on their education. We teach individuals how to conduct employment searches and about the interviewing process. Often, this process leads to careers that allow individuals/families to lead independent lives. They may even become interested in helping within their own communities. They then become productive citizens that may become interested in being mentors themselves, thereby, breaking the cycle of domestic abuse forever.