Who was Rahab? And who are Rahab’s Sisters?
For a year or so now St. Paul’s people have generously made donations to Rahab’s Sisters. Do you know who Rahab was, what she did, and why she is the inspiration for the Rahab’s Sisters organization in the Portland area? Her story is too long to tell here, but please check out this Internet link and read the beautiful story of Rahab the Harlot, an ancestress of Jesus, whose faith in the Hebrew God reclaimed her, and her courage to act on that faith saved her family. For more info see – https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Rahab
Radical Hospitality…Woman to Woman
Our mission at Rahab’s Sisters is to offer “Radical Hospitality” to vulnerable and exploited women in the Portland Metro area, especially those that have been impacted by the sex industry, domestic violence, poverty, substance abuse, and homelessness.
Our vision is to live in the city of Portland where all women are safe from physical and sexual exploitation.
We gather on Friday nights at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church on Southeast 82nd Avenue (between Ash and Pine), from 7pm – 10pm. We serve all women and offer a warm safe environment with food, hot coffee, conversation, and personal hygiene necessities. Like the original Rahab, we strive to give “friendly welcome” to those who would otherwise be on the streets and in danger.
Our sisters are welcomed without judgment, no strings attached.
How can I support Rahab’s Sisters?
As an all-volunteer non profit 501c3 with no paid staff, we always welcome support from the community. Ways that individuals and organizations can support Rahab’s Sisters are:
Financial Support – Cash donations are needed to cover costs of security, food and personal hygiene supplies for those we serve. Our mailing address for donations is: PO Box 90234, Portland OR 97290-0234. There is a PayPal button on our home page if you wish to donate using that method.
Food – We try to serve a high-protein, hot meal to the women who come to us. You or your organization might like to provide a monthly or quarterly meal, or donate staples such as coffee, tea or sugar.
In-kind donations – We are always in need of laundry soap and toilet tissue as well as personal items such as tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size shampoo, travel size conditioner, and new underwear and socks. During the cold months warm hats, scarves, mittens and gloves are much appreciated.
Volunteer your Time
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for women who would like to participate. For more information, please fill out the volunteer application on the website http://www.rahabs-sisters.org/p/about.html