Make a positive impact in the lives of kids and families on the west side of Portland, and represent the Timbers, Timbers Army, Portland Thorns, and Rose City Riveters at the same time!
Your 107 Independent Supporters' Trust, along with Embrace Oregon and other west side friends, are coming together to do TWO major family visitation room remodels at the Beaverton DHS offices (foster care system) this June.
The photo above shows the room we completed last summer at Hillsboro DHS, which was done entirely in a Timbers/Timbers Army theme with signed memorabilia donated from the Timbers, custom log slice end tables, a mural designed and painted by TA artists, brand new furniture, and a new flat screen TV and game system.
Not only do we plan on doing a similar Timbers-themed room at Beaverton DHS, but we also are excited to announce a separate family visitation room that will have a Portland Thorns theme! Talented artists from within the Rose City Riveters will design the room, including a Thorns and Riveters-themed mural.
Both rooms are visitation rooms so that children and teens who are in foster care can spend their average of one hour each week with a birth parent. This is an intimate and critical point of connection for children whose lives are turned upside down, and for biological parents who are working hard and taking steps to get their kids back. A room that is homey and warm speaks value and worth to both the children and their families.
The rooms will also be used when children are removed from their home and are sitting in the child welfare office awaiting placement. Volunteers—Office Moms and Dads—will play with kids for an average of 5-7 hours while the caseworker tries to find a foster placement. Having an inviting space with activities is very helpful in this instance as well.
These rooms will be a reminder to kids, teens, parents, guardians, and DHS staff that they are valued, and will also leave a lasting legacy of love from the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters.
The total budget for both rooms is $10,000, but with the generous in-kind support of local businesses and the 107IST directly, along with money raised from last December’s "You Are Loved" scarf sale, we are already over halfway there! The money raised will all go to the direct expenses of furniture not donated, new flat screen TVs and game systems, paint and paint supplies, shelving and wall mounts, etc.
The makeover itself will take place over the first two weeks of June, so the sooner we can complete the fundraising, the better.
Here’s the link to the GoFundMe page where you can make a donation:
If you have questions or would like to find out about volunteering, please feel free to contact me at the info below.
THANK YOU for considering taking part in this meaningful and lasting gift to children and families on the west side of Portland.