Rahab's Sisters has 'saved my life'

There’s a place in Southeast Portland where women can go to feel safe.

Every Friday night Saints Peter and Episcopal Church on Southeast 82nd Avenue transforms into a place with food and fellowship for Rahab’s Sisters, a nonprofit that provides meals, toiletries and even pedicures to women who are in the sex trade, living in poverty or are homeless.

“All three of those categories connect in some way, shape or form,” says Crystal Kordowski, president of Rahab’s Sisters. “Sometimes it’s a cycle they can’t get out of.”

Women say no matter how hard life gets, they know they can come to Rahab’s Sisters and everything will be OK. At least for a few hours.

Wendy Kirkpatrick has been homeless since August.

“It’s humbling to have to ask for help,” she says. “It saved my life.”

“Being here is a safe place for them, where we offer unconditional love,” Kordowski says.

On this Friday night, volunteers set up a foot clinic.

“These women – they need to breathe, they need a break,” says volunteer Kelly Grace. “It’s hard to creatively problem solve and strategize when you are in chaos and crisis. So this is a moment where they get one-on-one attention with another individual.”

The women say it is a night they wouldn’t miss.

If you’d like to volunteer or help out, click here.

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