Lake Oswego resident Jennifer Cameron, a longtime volunteer with Raphael House of Portland, was recently honored for her volunteerism with a Women Helping Others Foundation Community Service award.

In Cameron's honor, WHO will give to Raphael House a $20,000 grant to help build a new Child Advocacy Center.

Raphael House is an emergency domestic violence shelter for women and children. The new Child Advocacy Center will offer a much larger and more flexible space than the existing program space, allowing for a wider range of activities to the children living in the shelter.

Supporting Raphael House has been a very personal experience for Jennifer.

'Having been blessed with the strength to get through that difficult situation myself, it is my honor to be able to help other women and their children to not only recover, but to assist the Raphael House in its ongoing efforts to prevent the cycle of abuse,' said Cameron. 'The New Child Advocacy Center will give the children the opportunity to learn how to lead happy lives and be involved in healthy relationships. I am humbled by the generosity of the WHO Foundation for supporting Raphael House. Nothing is more of a dream come true for me. This award is undoubtedly an answer to a prayer.'

Cameron will be on hand to present the grant check to Raphael House during its 25th annual Auction and Dinner on Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.

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