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Rick’s Donates Wood Fence to Help Keep Portland Women and Children Safe

One of the most important reasons to build a fence is to keep children and other vulnerable members of society safe. That’s why Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking was happy to donate the materials and labor to expand the fencing around a Portland-area women’s shelter.

The Stepping Stones housing program provides a secure place for women who are recovering from addiction or mental health issues to reunite with their children, many of whom have been living in foster care. A year ago, we built a wood fence around the backyard of the Stepping Stones home so the young residents would have a safe place to play.

This summer, Portland’s CODA recovery center added another home to its Stepping Stones program. Once again, we were happy to volunteer to move and expand the wood privacy fencing to create one large backyard space for the children living in both homes.

With the opening of its second home, the Stepping Stones shelter expects to serve 15 mothers and their children. (Since the program first began in 2007, it has successfully reunited more than two-thirds of the participating women with their children.) This valuable service provides women with the skills and support they need to rebuild their lives.

We at Rick’s wish the families within the Stepping Stones program all the best as they get back on their feet!

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