**While there are many ways you can serve as a volunteer, our current areas of most need include volunteer spots on our 2nd Friday team to serve in hospitality and the supply closet as well as on our 3rd Friday team to serve as meal providers.**
Thank you so much for your interest in Rahab's Sisters, a ministry of presence and hospitality to women working in the sex industry on 82nd Avenue and other areas of Portland's East Side, especially those who are impacted by the sex industry, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. We invite women to take a break in a warm, safe place where they can have a meal and refreshment and find non-judgmental conversation and companionship.
We are named after Rahab the Harlot, who, in the book of Joshua of the Bible, gave welcome to those who would otherwise be on the streets and in danger. Like Rahab, we operate at the edge of the city. In our name we claim solidarity, not only with one another in providing this ministry, but also to offer radical hospitality to vulnerable and exploited women, for a few hours every Friday night. Our goal is to compassionately offer support to women, especially those who are impacted the sex industry, substance abuse, trauma, domestic violence and homelessness.
In this ministry we hope to make as many supportive connections as we can with women who live violent, painful lives, women whose only relief from pain is the use of drugs and alcohol. We hear shocking stories and strive to respond in a manner that lets these women know they are welcome just as they are. We welcome volunteers who are able to listen without judgment, who are comfortable dealing with extremely marginalized, vulnerable people, and who don't have a need to "fix" either their life or their situation.
New Volunteer Process: Volunteers are screened through this application, references, an orientation and may include an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Upon receipt of the application, prospective volunteers will receive feedback and further details from the Volunteer Coordinator including information about an orientation designed for new volunteers that introduces them to the ministry, trains them on important safety and sensitivity details, and provides a tour with guided participation through an actual ministry evening. Once all paperwork and orientation is completed, both the volunteer and the organization will decide if this is a good fit together to begin serving through Rahab's. At the conclusion of training, the volunteer will be assigned to a Weekly Hospitality Team.
We have found this ministry rewarding to us and meaningful to those we serve. We are on an exciting and important journey, and we hope you will be able to join us.
The Rahab's Sisters Board of Directors
We ask that volunteers commit to serving with Rahab's Sisters for one year and attend a New Volunteer Orientation along with occasional workshops, training sessions, etc. that are offered by Rahab's Sisters to further the volunteer's knowledge and to support Rahab's Sisters guests.