Volunteers give Clackamas DHS a makeover

Hundreds of volunteers, 13 churches and dozens of businesses helped raise more than $40,000 to do a makeover on the DHS building in Clackamas County, Feb. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Hundreds of volunteers, 13 churches and dozens of businesses helped raise more than $40,000 to do a makeover on the DHS building in Clackamas County, Feb. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of volunteers, 13 churches and dozens of businesses helped raise more than $40,000 to do a makeover on the DHS building in Clackamas County.

In all, community members revamped 19 rooms in the building. They added murals on the walls and toys on the shelves, all in an effort to make vulnerable children feel safe and comfortable.

Volunteer Emily Chesney said, “I am just blown away to be in the middle of all this. This makeover project is huge.”

The agency gets enough funding from the state to maintain the building, DHS supervisor Danielle Santilli said, but not enough to make it an inviting spot for kids.

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