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Quilts for donation

Trip Around the WorldHappy new year to all of our wonderful donors and supporters!

We’re thrilled to report that women in the Coffee Creek Quilters prison quilting program made 125 quilts for donation in 2017. The quilts went to Emanuel, Good Samaritan, and Legacy Meridian Park Hospitals, Community Warehouse, and a variety of other programs that support people in need of comfort.

Each student in our program makes three quilts. The first two are for donation while students keep their third quilts. As we work on the first and second quilts, we sometimes speculate about who might receive them. A quilt with super-hero fabric might go to a kid in foster care while one with pink floral fabrics might go to an elderly woman in hospice.

We know that our quilts are much appreciated and look forward to continuing to provide quilts for donation.

CCQ donates quilts to Portland area hospitals

Emanuel quilt donationCCQ instructor Diane Leveton snapped this pic of staff members at Emanuel Hospital when she delivered a stack of quilts made by students in our prison quilting program. The hospital gives comfort quilts to critically ill patients who are in particular need of extra tender loving care.

CCQ also donates quilts to Good Samaritan and Meridian Park Hospitals and to a variety of programs that support people in need of comfort.

Each student in our program makes three quilts. The first two are for donation; students keep their third quilts.

Stories from our instructors

CCQ classroomCoffee Creek Quilters offers four two-hour quilting classes every week for women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. For instructors, the classroom experience is so much more than teaching someone to quilt. We learn about our students’ lives and share our own life experiences. Our goal is to nurture students’ self-esteem, so that they will be more successful living in the community after release from prison.

We’ve started a new series of posts on our Facebook page where we share stories about our classroom experiences. We invite you to “like us” on our Facebook page for access to all of the stories in this ongoing series. Here’s the first one:

Stories from our instructors: #1

“I met with a former student today to give her a release kit. We enjoyed a good visit at the local coffee shop. During our conversation she told me about the refusal of some of her family members to reconcile and offer forgiveness even though she assured them that she wasn’t the same person she had been when she entered prison. To me she said “You’re the reason I’m a different person – you and a volunteer in religious services. I’m not changed because of the staff, the officers, or the State. I’m changed because of the volunteers who helped me see my better self.”

–Martha, instructor