The visitation room is a place where foster kids get to spend time with their biological parents. It can be stressful, but thanks to some members of the Timbers Army, one local visitation room got a much-needed makeover.
What was once a sterile, state decorated meeting room at the Department of Human Services office in Hillsboro is now a fabulous Timbers den.
The room was painted, furnished and created by the Timbers Army. Member Keith Palau came up with the idea.
"The thought was, can we make it fun, comfortable, lots of memorabilia. Just a place where a kid could have fun with," Palau said.
In just two weekends, volunteers from the Timbers Army got down to work, along with some help from Timbers star Diego Valeri.
"With my wife and daughter, we came to help, just to help," Valeri said. "It's all about the kids and we just wanted to help, and it's nothing compared to the work they did."
The impact of this Timbers-themed room will be felt by hundreds of kids, many who could use a lift even more than Timbers fans.
"The kids are walking through the most traumatic times of their lives, so to come into a room that speaks dignity, worth, and value for a child makes all the difference," Brooke Gray with Embrace Oregon said.
"Just to get a visit in a room like this is amazing, it feels like home. It's not in an office setting and it just, it will make a difference," DHS District Manager Rolanda Garcia added.
The room includes a huge mural, an Xbox, pictures, scarfs, signed jerseys and even real log slices made into tables.
It's incredible work by devoted Timbers fans, and these fans are not just committed to a soccer team.
"We care about the community and there are lots of expressions of that, and this is simply one more of those," Palau said.
These Timbers Army volunteers are not done yet. There's already talk about doing a similarly themed room at the DHS office in Beaverton.
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