Coffee Creek Quilters teaches quilting to women in prison and currently there is a need for another instructor to help teach the Wednesday evening class. Prior teaching experience isn’t required, but we need someone with at least advanced-beginner quilting skills and a willingness to work with a wide variety of student learning styles. Patience, good listening skills, and compassion are essential. There are four other instructors and 20 students in the class. Classes are held every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility dining room. CCCF is located at 24499 SW Grahams Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR. Please contact us at 503-257-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Over the past ten years, the number of women inmates in prison in Oregon has jumped 86 percent, due to new laws mandating prison for non-violent crimes. (For men, the increase has been just 28 percent.) Hannah Hoffman’s excellent article in Willamette Week offers a detailed look at why women are the fastest-growing group of inmates in Oregon, and the effects of this criminal justice trend.
The article points out that female inmates cost the state more than male inmates, requiring more staff, medicine, programs, counselors and caseworkers. Hoffman writes, “According to [Department of Corrections] statistics, about a third of female prisoners have not completed high school. More strikingly, the vast majority are diagnosed at their medical evaluation as having mental-health issues. Sixty-four percent of the inmates at Coffee Creek have “serious and persistent mental health diagnoses,” such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and chronic depression, according to the DOC. And 89 percent of the inmate population entered prison addicted to drugs or alcohol.” And since about 75 percent of the women are mothers, the State must also pay for foster care for many of their children.
CCQ was honored to receive a $1000 grant from IBM’s On Demand Community, which supports business solutions for organizations in which the corporation’s retirees volunteer. CCQ board member Martha Messa is an IBM retiree, and the grant was awarded thanks to her efforts.