Between The Lines

by Junior League of Portland


Between the Lines supports family unity and bonding during times of separation due to either incarceration or military deployment through teaching parents how to read to their children and providing the children a CD or DVD of their parent reading to them. Work is done with local prisons and the National Guard.
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Parents who cannot be physically present with their children - either due to incarceration or military deployments - have few opportunities to form and/or maintain parent-child bonds.


Through the gift of a new book and a recorded CD and DVD, the necessary parent-child bonds can be formed as the children listen to their incarcerated or deployed parent reading a book to them.

Long-Term Impact

This project will allow 250 incarcerated and deployed parents to record a book reading for their children during their time of separation, which will build and nurture necessary parent-child relationships.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Junior League of Portland Home Page
Between The Lines Facebook page
USAToday article on impact of prisoners & children
Local News on prison moms reading to kids

Organization Information

Junior League of Portland

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Junior League of Portland
Project Leader:
Cat Parkay
Portland, OR United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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