On December 23rd Portland TV station KATU broadcast a story about a choir for women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. The choir program’s goal is similar to ours — to teach a life-enhancing skill that will improve the women’s chance of a successful return to society after leaving prison. We invite you to watch the video on KATU’s website.
CCQ members gave moms incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility the opportunity to make journals with their kids at the prison’s annual TACE event on July 11 and 12.
TACE is Through A Child’s Eyes, an annual summer event sponsored by Wilsonville Rotary where Moms and kids take part in interactive games, crafts, and other activities. They enjoy a BBQ meal together and discuss what is happening in their children’s lives. Between children, moms, volunteers and staff, about 800 people attended this year.
CCQ provided supplies for participants to make journals — matte board donated by local frame shops for covers, paper inserts, and fabric ties to make them into books. The women and their children put their artistic ideas together and came up with amazing creations. Many of the moms wrote meaningful entries in the journals for their kids.
CCQ board member Betty DeHaven and her husband Dave took charge of the activity again this year. “We are constantly encouraged by seeing the connection between mother and child, and the satisfaction and seeing the nurturing that takes place. We consider it a privilege to be part of this event,” Betty said.
Montavilla Sewing Centers has been a generous supporter of the Coffee Creek Quilters program for the past few years, servicing the Janome sewing machines we use in our classes for a special low price. Montavilla also services the donation machines we give our students when they’re released from prison. Several CCQ members showed our appreciation on a recent Friday by bringing a lunch to share with Montavilla owner Brett Moore and his staff.
In addition to Janome, Montavilla sells Viking, Pfaff, Baby Lock and Singer sewing machines and sergers at four locations in the Portland area. They also offer repair and maintenance services, classes for kids and adults, and workshops to improve sewing and quilting skills. For more information about Montavilla’s products and services, please visit their website.