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Saint Child exists to serve young women 18 and up, who are in need of support during their pregnancy. We welcome young women from all cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.


Saint Child exists to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of pregnant young women and their children by providing a safe nurturing community.


Saint Child provides stable, secure and nurturing residential care for young women ages 18 and up and their infants.

We are honored to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ while we serve young women regardless of their faith background. We model and teach respect, honesty, and nurturing.

Every young woman in our community receives comprehensive services to help her prepare for the birth of her baby and plan for parenting or adoption. Basic components of our program are:

Young women enter the home at any point during their pregnancy and may stay up to a year after their baby is born. We offer an ongoing aftercare program to support women as they move out of the Saint Child residence and on to the next season of their life.

Key to the Program:

We offer a safe and stable community encouraging strengths development and positive relationships; this is what separates us from other transitional living programs.

Our Educational Life Skills Program offers hands on experience such as meal planning and preparation for a family, birthing and parenting, budgeting and many other skills for independent living and appropriate parenting. These skill-building opportunities allow Saint Child young women to enhance current and build new skills that will support their future success as they transition to independence.

Saint Child is a 501c(3) organization serving the greater Portland Oregon community. Tax ID is 93-1212633. Saint Child is formerly known as The House of Ruth.


Julie Fresn, Board Chair

Kirk Layton, Board Member
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer, Ryan's Juice

Dave Pullin
Occupation: Partner, CFG Wealth Management

Neerav Shaw, Board Member
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand

Jim Harbolt, Board Member
Occupation: Instructor, Oregon State University
Former executive, Standard Insurance Company

Our Staff

Leona Bicknesse
Executive Director
Brooke Thomas
Brooke Thomas
Executive Assistant
Alayna Garcia
Alayna Garcia
Resident Assistant
Katy Friant
Katy Friant
Resident Assistant
Nicky Engblom
Nicky Engblom
Direct Services Volunteer Coordinator
Abby Friant
Abby Friant
Program Manager
Ellen Beaudin
Ellen Beaudin
Resident Assistant

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Tax ID# 93-1212633 Saint Child exists because of wonderful donors and sponsors.
We receive no government funding.