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Russian Oregon Social Services



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Russian Oregon Social Services
Supporting the Russian-speaking population

Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS) was established by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) in 1994 to serve the needs of Russian-speaking refugees and immigrants.

More than 100,000 Russian-speaking refugees and immigrants from the former Soviet Union currently reside in the Portland metro area, and the numbers are expected to increase. Census figures show that no other place in the nation has had more of an influx from the former Soviet Union than the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is number two in the nation for Russian-speaking newcomers.

Our Services
Breast Health Education & Treatment Support | Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services

Our mission is to successfully integrate Russian-speaking immigrants and refugees into Oregon and southwest Washington communities by providing services that increase independence, enable economic self-sufficiency, and improve mental and physical well-being. We are currently the only agency that works exclusively with the large Russian-speaking population in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Marion Counties in Oregon, and Clark County in southwest Washington.

Russian Oregon Social Services has been fulfilling its mission in many different areas. Strong partnerships with local social services agencies, victim service/healthcare providers and government agencies have been a great asset in pursuing our goals. Our bilingual, bicultural, and experienced staff is another invaluable asset, allowing us to identify and meet the needs of the Russian-speaking population.

Strong working relationships with the Russian-speaking community that we have been forging since 1994 enable us to build high levels of mutuality, respect and trust, and provide culturally appropriate and language-specific services that have a meaningful impact.

All of our services are free and confidential, including:

  • Culturally-appropriate breast health education and treatment support.
  • Assistance with obtaining annual mammograms and clinical breast and cervical exams for women age 40 and over.
  • 24-hour crisis response.
  • Individual and family crisis counseling.
  • One-on-one advocacy, crisis intervention, support safety planning.
  • Assistance obtaining stalking orders and restraining orders and filing out other forms and documents.
  • Accompaniment to hospitals for forensic medical exams (for clients).
  • Accompaniment to court and assistance communicating with police and District Attorney’s Office.
  • Assistance accessing immigration legal services.
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ support groups.
  • Assistance applying for crime victims compensation.
  • Assistance applying for public benefits.
  • Assistance with temporary and transitional housing.
  • Mentorship program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Information and referrals.
  • Community orientation.
  • Assistance obtaining dental services through Medical Teams International.
  • Translation and interpretation services (for clients).
  • Cross-cultural education (for other service providers).

Learn more about our Breast Health Education and Treatment Support and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.

Find out how you can volunteer at ROSS.

Contact us
4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR 97202
phone: (503) 777-3437
fax: (503) 777-6545


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