Through A Child’s Eyes
The Through A Child’s Eyes program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville is a partnership between the Wilsonville Rotary Foundation and the Oregon Department of Corrections. We facilitate bonding opportunities for inmate mothers and their children, with a goal of encouraging more positive relationships between them.
Each year, TACE holds two major events at Coffee Creek — a winter event where moms and kids do fun activities and enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, and a summer event where the moms and kids take part in crafts, games and an outdoor barbecue inside the facility. Inmates must earn the right to participate in the TACE program through good behavior. By helping inmate moms be their best selves for their children, it is hoped we can prevent them from reoffending. Together, we can break the intergenerational cycle of crime.
Community support is essential to the success of the TACE program. Several local merchants have graciously agreed to host giving trees, where community members can provide the gifts that Santa gives to children of inmates. Community members also help Rotary Club members and Coffee Creek employees staff the summer and winter events.
Funds to support TACE are raised at the annual Heart of Gold Celebration as well as the Night of 1,000 Laughs (held by the Liberi Foundation). We also receive generous grant support from several outstanding partners.
To learn more about the TACE program or to express interest in volunteering, contact John Ludlow or Doris Wehler using this contact form.