The mission of The Family Room is to provide a homelike visitation setting for children living in foster care and their birth parents.
The program increases both the quantity and quality of supervised time families spend together with the goal of reuniting children with their birth parents safely, expediently, and sustainably.
Today, Heather Jefferis (our executive director) met with the founder, Kimberlee Olmsted to explore ways our two organizations can partner together since both Kinship House and The Family Room are focused on supporting kids in living in healthy homes.
The Family Room operates in two locations and will be opening a third in the Clackamas area later this year. The program provides a home-like environment so parents can learn about healthy ways to be a family with modeling, guidance, education, and encouragement. Families prepare and eat meals together learning how to navigate relationships and successful parenting techniques. Volunteers are screened and trained to be with the groups of families who gather to play games, make crafts, and enjoy meals together.
Learn more by visiting their website by clicking here.
Thanks to the Fir Ridge High School Volunteer Club as well as Judy and Brooke for volunteering to clean our therapy rooms this past weekend!
We strive to provide a beautiful, peaceful facility for Kinship Kids to play and heal. This takes time, energy and muscle. Kinship House is a proud partner with Hands on Portland on this very important work.
The Fir Ridge HS Volunteer Club Brooke and her grandmother, Judy
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, contact Bekka for all the details!
Kinship House is honored to call Coffee Creek Quilters a community partner. The organization teaches women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility how to quilt. The program provides a positive, hands-on opportunity to learn skills such as patience, problem-solving, and quality work. It also helps students develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
Each student makes three quilts over 18 to 24 months. The first two are donated to organizations like Kinship House and the student gets to keep the third one. The purpose of donating the first two quilts provides an opportunity for the students to give something beautiful back to the community. It is a first-time experience for many of the women in the class and they really enjoy reading thank you notes from recipients of the quilts.
Kinship House is very thankful for the beautiful quilts we have received!
Thanks to the Walters Family Foundation for their continued support of Kinship House! The foundation recently awarded our organization $15,000 in support of the expansion of our services.
The Walters Family Foundation was established in 1999 with the primary interest of funding activities or organizations which address the needs of youth, families, and the elderly.
In addition, the Foundation’s efforts are aimed at programs which enable at-risk individuals and at-risk families to become productive and self-sufficient members of society, as well as contributing to the overall betterment of society.
Kinship House is blessed with incredible community volunteer support ranging from monthly clean-up of our facility to helping out at our events.
Amber Hollingsworth is one of our superstar volunteers who is currently helping us secure items for our Light the Way Auction that is taking place on October 26 (save the date because we would love it if you could join us for a fabulous night of fun!). Recently, I reached out to Amber to find out little more about her and she was kind enough to share that with me!
- How did you hear about Kinship House?
The company I work for (Advantis Credit Union) donates $50,000 a year to local non-profits. Last year Kinship House was one of our grant recipients, so I got to read all about the good work they do, tour the house, and meet the amazing staff.
- What motivated you to start volunteering with us?
I’ve always been curious about foster parenting, and after learning that Kinship House had a need for volunteers, I thought what a great way to learn more and give back to my community at the same time.
- What kind of volunteer assignments have you worked on at Kinship House?
I started out cleaning therapy rooms at the house (which is actually way more fun than it sounds), then helped out at the annual fundraiser auction last year. This year I’m asking Portland businesses to donate items for our 2017 auction!
- What is a favorite childhood memory?
Tubing down the creek with my dozens of cousins at our family reunions in Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
- What is your favorite thing to do in Oregon?
If you are interested in volunteering for Kinship House, contact Bekka at 503-460-2796 and she will give you all the details. For general information, check out our list of opportunities here.
— Dennise M. Kowalczyk, Development Director
Sunday, April 2nd at Big Al’s Beaverton located at 14950 SW Barrows Rd, Beaverton OR with bowling times beginning at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Bowl in your PJs with family, friends, and coworkers for great fun and prizes while helping local foster kids!
Thanks to everyone who donated time and/or money to Kinship House in 2016. We will be creating an annual report in a few months to share all the good news about our outcomes and successes over the past year.
Kinship House is blessed with a group of truly amazing volunteers! Some community members pop in periodically and others help out on a more regular basis. We will be spotlighting these Kinship House Heroes over the next year as a way to honor their efforts and dedication to our organization. We want the world to know how proud we are to have these incredible folks helping us do our work in supporting foster and adopted kids.
Presented by CHARITY ADAMS | PORTLAND REAL ESTATE
Save the Date! Our annual auction event is taking place on Thursday, October 26 at The Exchange Ballroom located next to the Burnside Bridge!
Please stay tuned for ticket purchase and other information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you are interested in being a sponsor for our event, please contact Dennise at email@example.com for all the details!
As a volunteer and a sustaining donor, I urge you to join us in healing foster children in our community by making a gift to Kinship House today.
I joined the board of directors to support the work of Kinship House in helping kids and their families in creating healthy, loving homes. With over 3,000 kids in our foster care system in the Tri-county area, the work Kinship House does in helping kids heal is needed now.