ON-THE-MOVE COMMUNITY INTEGRATION
Rating: 4.97 stars 30 reviews
Location: 4187 SE Division St Portland OR 97202 USA
Results: 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
Programs: 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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My experience with On-the-Move has been the most rewarding experience of my life. It is like a family to me. I consider On-the-Move a "home" for participants and myself, it is an environment that welcomes and embraces different cultures, humor, talents, interests, and abilities. I cannot speak more highly about the staff and volunteers at On-the-Move; they are compassionate, competent, supportive and extremely fun.
On-the-Move is an incredible program where adults with developmental disabilities have the space and support to participate in activities that enhance their lives and the community. The Director of On-the-Move, Molly Mayo, envisioned a program that went beyond typical services offered to adults with developmental disabilities. On-the-Move was an innovative idea and social movement agency that has set the standard for many other day programs that have followed suit. On-the-Move is a place where adults can go and spend time socializing, navigate the community and enjoy community activities while educating all parties involved.
Molly hired me as one of her first employees over six years ago, I then served on the board of directors, and now am an advisor to the organization. I feel privileged to continue working with On-the-Move.
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