Rainbow Place Shelter

A Mission of RPC: Our History with Rainbow Place

In 1982, a group of women at Rockville Presbyterian Church decided they wanted to reach out to the homeless women in the City of Rockville. They decided they were up to the job of providing a warm, safe place to sleep for any woman who needed it during the winter months.

In the first season, Rainbow Place clients were provided with an egg crate mattress on the floor, a hot cup of coffee, and a cheerful and compassionate staff to greet them. In the second season, dinner began to be served each night. Over the years, services expanded and Rainbow Place has grown to become a vitally important and highly respected part of the local care-giving community.

Founding Mothers

Betty Barney

Marnie Lehr Pamela McRainey Elke Herzfeld Martha Irwin
Margee Iddings Becky Wagner Judy Taylor Nancy Marsh

Kathy Michaelian

Today, Rainbow Place, a  501c3, continues its dedication to our community by providing winter emergency overnight shelter to women and assist them in transitioning to a better quality of life. Their primary focus is to keep the women we serve safe and off of the streets during the harsh winter months. Clients receive a warm safe place to sleep, a hot dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch, access to shower and laundry facilities, case management and referrals to housing programs and community resources.

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