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Women & Children

Shepherd’s Door

At Shepherd’s Door women and women with their children find healing through addiction recovery, vocational training, spiritual encouragement, and transitional support in a safe, retreat like setting for one year.

If it weren’t for Portland Rescue Mission I would have given up. I would have been sitting alone in prison. Now I have hope and happiness again.
– Lauren

85% of the women who have graduated in the last 5 years from our New Life Ministry Program have a home and are free of addictions.



We offer sustainable growth in a supportive community through:

  • Addictions Recovery/Relapse prevention
  • Relational and emotional development
  • Spiritual growth
  • Life skills training
  • Legal and health care advocacy
  • Daycare and children’s ministry
  • Mother-child reunification
  • Job training

Life Transformation for Children

Our Family Life Center serves up to 25 children whose moms are staying at Shepherd’s Door. Our loving staff engages children in healthy play, active learning, and group activities. Parenting skills are modeled and taught so mothers can become the moms they desire to be.

These services are critical in helping families heal and can truly change the trajectory of a child’s life.

Every year about 10 families are reunified at Shepherd’s Door

I was homeless and out of control. Now I’m a new woman inside and out with a home and a child who trusts me.
– Angela

Community Program

At our Community Houses, women and women with children who have completed our 1-year program have the opportunity to receive training and support in a community residence with other graduates to establish an independent living and sustain addiction recovery.