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. We invite working women to take a break in a safe place where they can have a meal and refreshment, and find non-judgmental conversation, support and prayer if they request. We provide clean underwear, condoms, and other health and hygiene products.
We are named after Rahab the Harlot who, in the book of Joshua gave "friendly welcome" to those who would otherwise be on the streets and in danger. We are a growing group of women - clergy and lay of various denominations and non-affiliated. We are committed to following Jesus by providing hospitality and friendship to women who are among the poorest and most marginalized in our city.
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 with all those on the street who bear the label of "prostitute". Our hope is that the lights in our windows will bring light into the lives of the women we serve.
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".
Volunteers are screened via the application below, references, and an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Upon receipt of the application, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.
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