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About Us

 

WE ARE ON A MISSION

We offer HOPE to women and children of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking by providing them with guidance, support, advocacy, education and shelter. We offer our services at no cost to our clients. We build relationships with women and encourage them in their journeys toward well-being.

STATEMENT OF FAITH & PURPOSE

Priest River Ministries is an outreach ministry and non-profit organization whose purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ in our community and world.

We are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our Savior and believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

We believe in the trinity, God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

We, as a group, choose to follow God’s Word in Matthew 25:35-40,

       

The women who come to us are in a fight for their life. We aim to walk alongside each woman and tell her she is not alone, and she deserves to feel safe and happy.



 
Rhonda Encinas
Founder

     “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to ear; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” The righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed you, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger and invite you in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” The King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, you did it to Me.”

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WHO WE SERVE

Priest River Ministries serves anyone impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or orientation.

Multigenerational families with kids of all ages are supported, and pets are welcome!

 

Local Impact

Priest River Ministries provides a lifeline for women and children in Idaho and the greater Inland Northwest who are impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault & trafficking. We focus on each person and each situation individually and strive to meet the immediate needs of those in crisis.​

In 2020, we accomplished the following:

1750

nights of emergency shelter provided

2,922

Clients assisted in our clothing and supply centers 

200

women and children received safe shelter

 

WHAT WE DO

We found that there are many stress factors that increase the risk for violence. Stress factors include reduced access to resources, financial problems & disconnection from social support systems. We hope to reduce violence by addressing as many needs as we can; decreasing stress=decreasing violence.

DECREASE

STRESS

DECREASE VIOLENCE

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Survivor  Services

& Advocacy

We have educated Advocates that can provide guidance, emotional support, paralegal assistance and connect victims with resources.

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Childcare

We provide free childcare at our Priest River and Spirit Lake locations.

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Clothing & Supply Centers

All three PRM locations offer free, donation-based clothing & supply centers that service women and children from the local community who are in crisis.

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Transportation

Transportation services are available for those in a program at Priest River Ministries.

Legal Research and Writing

Learning Lab & Employment Assistance

We have everything necessary to assist clients with their learning & employment needs.

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Legal Assistance

We provide paralegal assistance for simple court assistant as well as support in filing court documents.

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Community

Education

We provide a variety of resources to educate and provide a understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Martha's Place

Summer Lunch program for kids located in Spirit Lake.

 
Teamwork

OUR SUPPORTERS

Priest River Ministries Advocates for Women is supported by many local businesses, foundations and generous individuals.

  • Idaho State Police Fund

  • Alpha and Omega Construction

  • Angels over Sandpoint

  • Ambrosiani-Pastore Foundation

  • Innovia Foundation

  • Laura-Moore

  • A Community that Cares

  • The N. Region Greatest Need in ICF

  • 7B Women

  • Verizon

  • Stimson Miller Foundation

  • Rathdrum Lions

  • Newport/Priest River Rotary Club

  • Rathdrum/Spirit Lake Knights of Columbus

  • Lake City Church

  • Lighthouse Church

  • Cedar Hills Church

  • Peninsula Union Church

  • Trinity Baptist

GRANTS RECEIVED

Priest River Ministries has received funding grants from the following:

24/7 access to resources & support.

  • Innovia Foundation

  •  Verizon

  • TCC

  • Community Assistance League of Sandpoint

  • 101 Women

  • Avista