Submitted by Julie Sobel on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 1:09pm
Bruce and Julie spent time in Southern Oregon the first week of December visiting with members: Southern Oregon Goodwill, Pathway Enterprises, Southern Oregon Aspire and welcoming newest member, Greenleaf Industries.
Betty Weldon of Southern Oregon Goodwill is retiring at the end of 2013 and Shae Johns will be replacing her as Vice President of Mission Services for Jackson and Josephine Counties.
Prior to meeting with Pathway Enterprises, we met with procurement and facilities managers at Rogue Community College to assist in fostering a cooperative working relationship between the two.Pathway is excited to begin evaluating how their custodial services can best meet the needs of the college facilities.
Southern Oregon Aspire is celebrating the recent doubling of their e-waste recycling and we are currently assisting them in their quest for suitability with both document imaging and confidential shredding services.
Greenleaf Industries is a 7 acre nursery specializing in bedding and vegetable plants. Nick Smith is the Director and Paulette Bauer is the Vocational Coordinator. Greenleaf works closely with local charitable organizations; they sent 5,000 lbs. of donated produce to their local Gospel Rescue Mission.Learn more at www.greenleafindustries.org
Join us for the January Quarterly Membership Meeting, Wednesday, January 15-Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland OR. 97220
Our first Quarterly of 2014 will be focused on Oregon solutions to the challenges of system change. One exciting change is, as previously reported, ORA is pursuing becoming the Oregon Chapter of NADSP.
We are excited to welcome NADSP Executive Director Joe Macbeth to the Quarterly on Friday, January 17th to provide an overview of the NADSP and how they will be engaging with ORA to enhance educational and career opportunities for DSP’s. More details to follow soon with the full agenda.If you want to read up in advance the NADSP website can be found athttps://www.nadsp.org.
Submitted by mariannedavis on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 3:30pm
Many of our members will remember Granton West who worked for Oregon Rehabilitation Association for many years and was instrumental in building and remodeling many houses in Oregon communities that became homes for individuals with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Because of Granton's strong hand and open heart, many people with IDD are living in homes that are warm, inviting and affordable.
Submitted by Julie Sobel on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 9:00am
Thank you Nan Heim, ORA Lobbyist, Jessica Leitner, Executive Director of Edwards Center and Ken Fosheim, Executive Director of Exceed Enterprises who all gave testimony at yesterday’s hearing before the Joint Interim Ways & Means, Human Services Subcommittee. We would also like to express our gratitude to Senators Alan Bates and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward and Representatives Nancy Nathanson and Tim Freeman for pushing to restore the 6% funding to DD54.
Submitted by Gayla Jeppesen on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:42pm
One of the residents has a hard time dealing with hot weather. Even talking about it or hearing forecasts for hot weather on the radio or news can send her into high intensity self-injurious behaviors and even more so, aggressive behaviors toward the people talking about it. Part of this resident’s daily routine is to go out and spend 4-5 hours in her community as part of her vocational time. It was a summer day and the week’s forecast had been set for high 80s to low 90s. The resident wanted to stop at the 7-Eleven for a cool treat.
Submitted by Gayla Jeppesen on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:22pm
Three members of the Albertina Kerr team were recognized as Works of Heart winners this year at the NW Conference. Below are excerpts from their nomination forms. Congratulations to each of you on winning a 2013 Works of Heart Award!