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On-The-Move Community Integration

Rating: 4.97 stars   34 reviews 908

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Human Services


4187 SE Division St Portland OR 97202 USA


1. To assist adults with developmental disabilities in accessing meaningful, healthful, and environmentally responsible activities in our community. 2. To enrich the social fabric of our community through fuller participation of individuals with differences. 3. To increase social appreciation for human differences through modeling the celebration of diversity.


Only 5 years old, On-the-Move has grown from serving 7 individuals with disabilities to 55 participants with a waiting list. We started a free reading class in 2012 and have given 40 students with special needs the opportunity to work on independent living skills. We trained 30 community members in inclusion and disability issues. Our commitment to sustainability achieved the silver rating certification in Portland's sustainability at work program and we have been voted in Oregon's Top 100 Green businesses for two years. We are thankful of the community support that has allowed us so many accomplishments in such a short time!

Target demographics:

Adults with intellectual disabilites/ developmental disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

55 adults with special needs in our community inclusion program; 40 adults with special needs in our reading class; 10 adults with special needs in Socializing Colorfully; 30 nondisabled community members in disability awareness/ inclusive practice trainings

Geographic areas served:

Portland, OR and surrounding areas


Community Inclusion activities for adults with special needs Free reading classes for adults with special needs Socializing Colorfully program for persons of color with special needs Trainings for community members, business, and organizations about disability issues and inclusive practices

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Reviews for On-The-Move Community Integration

Rating: 5 stars  

Shout out to On-the-Move staff who are understanding, helpful and friendly. My loved one participates in the program and continues to thrive. On-the-Move gives us purpose and much needed balance in our lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a special place On the Move Community Integration is. As a reading volunteer, I got to witness a passionate, joyful, wildly capable and patient team give their best week in and week out to their participants. They are constantly working to figure out new ways their group can get involved in meaningful activities and experiences all over the Portland. The heart of the staff - from the Executive Director, Leah, to the other volunteers and ultimately seeping into the hearts of the participants - is SERVICE. I would love to see this place grow into a new space, new programs, and more involvement in Portland and beyond because I have experienced first hand the true value this organization offers - to it's participants AND to the community. SO GREAT.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend of mine asked me to volunteer to paint faces during a Family and Friends gathering last weekend. I love my friend and I love to paint faces so off we went. We were also joined by another friend. After the event the three of us had several conversations about how wonderful this group is. The energy and atmosphere was positive from start to finish. We all had a wonderful time and felt blessed having spent time with this group.

However, what really impressed us was the interaction between the staff and participants. There were no visible lines drawn. Everyone was treated as an equal with respect and dignity. All three of us came away feeling the same way about this group.

This organization is a model for how all human beings need to behave with one another.

I would love to work with On-The-Move Community Integration again.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter was very hesitant and nervous her first day at On the Move. She came home that afternoon with the biggest smile and could not wait to go back. It has been about a year and she will soon be adding another day with the program. She has blossomed. She has more confidence with in the community, she has developed new interests and has a real bond with the staff and participants of On the Move. This is an amazing program with excellent, caring staff. We are so very grateful to be part of this organization. They change challenges into success stories.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter moved to Portland last year to work for On the Move. We visited her at the On the Move facilities and had a chance to meet with the participants and the staff . Our son who has Down syndrome was with us and we were all very impressed by the enthusiasm, compassion and enjoyment that everyone was experiencing. We love all the photos and updates from On The Move's Facebook page. This is a group that is doing excellent work for the participants and the Portland community at large. We hope this organization continues to receive the so much needed financial support and community appreciation that is so richly deserves. We know from our own experience that On the Move is truly a wonderful , special organization that is not easily replicated.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I like to do outings. I like which group and staff I am in. Walking! We go to new places. My favorite things are when we go see stages, like performances on stages, music concerts and acting and plays and stuff. I like doing journals. That is where each staff has cameras and they take pictures of people and things on the outing, and we make a journal page at the end of the day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is fun. We do lots of free stuff. We go to different places like art museums, galleries, concerts, and volunteer projects. We take the bus and the max to all kinds of places. We enjoy the nice sun outside! We can eat lunch outside on a nice sunny day. We do so many different activities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at the Oregon Zoo with On-the-Move. I volunteer at Happy Trails horses with On-the-Move. I get exercise and stay healthy. I make friends and spend time with friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

On-the-Move is a great place to meet people. You can make friends. It's a good place to get help with your independent living skills. I would recommend On-the-Move to people I know like my friend and my family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I had the opportunity of meeting Molly and Leah through the Small Provider Ogr. Coalition and at a Town Hal meeting. These two ladies present exemplary status in the field of serving person's with disabilities. On-The-Move is full of exciting experiences opportunities that enrich the lives of the customers who attend their group events. Thank you Molly for your strong advocacy and efforts that you provided to the small provider org. community these past couple of months. You and your team are amazing!

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