News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 9:17 a.m.
On Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will award bicycles -- refurbished by juvenile offenders -- to six children in need at Chapin Park (340 Warner Parrott Rd., Oregon City). The media is invited to attend.
The Sheriff's Office donates unclaimed bikes from its Property Room to Love Inc. -- a local non-profit that takes donated items and repairs them for re-donation.
In cooperation with Northwest Family Services, these donated bikes are being given to local kids ages 8-16 who each have one or more incarcerated parent.
Love Inc. works with Oregon City Evangelical Church and other area churches, and does much more than just repair bicycles: They teach offenders from the Clackamas County Juvenile Department to repair the bikes.
This program gives juvenile offenders a second chance by teaching them skills they can use after completing the program.
A photo (taken from here) of Gerry Hines, who teaches the juvenile offenders to work on the bikes, is linked above -- as is a photo of Chapin Park, where the presentation of bikes will happen on Thursday.
The partnership with Love Inc. and Oregon City Evangelical Church has been made possible by a Clackamas County grant serving vulnerable populations -- providing Love Inc. with funds needed to host this program.
"This donation is a win-win for everyone involved," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Juvenile offenders who are working to put their lives back together have an opportunity to help others through their work on the bikes. And kids who might not have the opportunity to have a bike like this now do because of this program."
During the Thursday, Oct. 22 presentation at Chapin Park, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will also give each child a helmet to go with his or her bicycle.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office