The White Shield Project was established to preserve the history of the Salvation Army White Shield Home in Portland, Oregon, by telling the stories of the women who lived and labored there, the children who were born there, and the dedicated souls who served there.
What is The White Shield Project?
White Shield has been serving unwed mothers and other young women in need for more than a century; almost since the day Captain Mary Stillwell and her Salvationists first set foot in Portland in the fall of 1886. Since then, White Shield has made a difference in thousands of lives, and its story is one that needs telling.
The ultimate goal of The White Shield Project is to publish a comprehensive anthology of historical data, stories, photos, creative work, etc., that accurately and compassionately reflects the history of White Shield through the experience of its residents, employees, and children (i.e., a real book, with pages.)
Needless to say, this is a project that will take some time to complete. In the mean time, in the interest of addressing the overwhelming need that has been expressed by so many to have their stories heard today, this blog is offered as a forum. Submitted stories will be posted on “Our Stories.”
How can I share my story?
For some, telling your story will be easy; for others, it will take amazing courage. To submit your story, please refer to our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.
Please note that most comments to the blog – especially those that deal with life at White Shield, reunions, and searches – will be converted to posts. For those searching, please understand that answers don’t always come from direct places, and even the smallest detail can make the difference – a little piece of information that you might consider irrelevant may be critical. Also, if you feel comfortable, maybe you could share a bit about what your search means to you or your family. This kind of information helps people connect – it nudges them a little more to try to help. If you’d like to share a picture, that would be great, too.
Is the White Shield Project affiliated with the Salvation Army or the White Shield Center?
No. I have the greatest respect and admiration for the work of the Salvation Army and the White Shield Center, and they have been infinitely helpful in providing non-client related background materials (archived news clippings, etc.) for this project. However, I am an independent writer, and neither employed by, nor accountable to the Salvation Army or its affiliates.