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Waiting rooms at DHS used by foster kids were in need of new paint and furnishings.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Volunteers from LINC and other groups recently helped paint waiting rooms at the Department of Human Services Building in Madras, including, from left, Elizabeth Piña, Autumn Sky Young, Ben Keeton, Brooks Russell, Katie Russell (in back), Josephina Piña, Leah Russell, Jenniffer Grant, MacKenzie Grant, Rick Russell (at back) and Phoenix Grant.
Volunteers from the Madras LINC center and the Free Methodist Church gathered recently to help spruce up and refurbish two rooms at the Department of Human Services to be more kid-friendly.

One room is a kids' waiting room, and the other is a room for supervised parent visits, and they had gotten shabby over the years.

Currently, the rooms are regularly being used by 20 children within nine families, according to DHS. When kids are waiting to be placed in a foster home, they stay in the rooms until a foster parent can be found.

Austin Cooper, director of LINC, said Madras Paint and Glass donated the paint, and the Westside Church in Bend bought all new furnishings for the rooms, including toys, a TV, art for the walls, rugs, and curtains.

After the rooms were painted, a group of teachers from Buff Elementary decorated the rooms and put the new toys and furniture together. The teachers and others from LINC and a church also collected small games, play dough, stickers, and art supplies for kids to use in the rooms.

"The rooms get used a lot and our goal was to make the visitation rooms a positive, cheery, and clean place for the kids that will be using them," Cooper said.

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