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On-The-Move Community Integration

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to enrich the social fabric of our community through fuller participation of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We envision a society that relies upon the diverse experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Results: On-the-Move spends over 10,000 hours each year modeling inclusive practices for the broader community. Community members' lives are enriched when they are able to meet, interact, and engage with our participants and staff. Participants, staff and volunteers benefit too! We invest in people to ensure personal growth and empowerment for everyone who walks through our doors.

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 Healthy Relationships program for adults with special needs Trainings for community members, business, and organizations about disability issues and inclusive practices

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Laurie E G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MY daughter has been a participant at On The Move for about 8 years. It's a wonderful organization. The staff is attentive and creative. It gives my daughter an opportunity to be out in the community doing something productive every time she attends. She really enjoys the "Fun and Fit" excersize class she does on Thursdays with Cross Fit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a happy and well-run place for our adult son who has a cognitive disability. With all the barriers in our society for people with disabilities, On-the-Move is an organization that gives a parent some relief, feeling confident that our family member is in good hands while he is there. And, he always comes home happy. He loves his time there. That makes a parent happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent of a young adult who attends On-the-Move, I couldn't be happier. He gets a lot of exercise with all the activities they do and a lot of friendship from the people that attend and work there. I have also been a volunteer with the reading program that is offered there for all adults with disabilities. It is a safe, clean and welcoming place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OTM staff are the best in the business. Our daughter has attended OTM for many years. Our family and especially our daughter are always treated with respect. The staff is well trained, positive sincere and energetic. Our daughter has gained confidence we never thought possible due to the hard work and person centered focus o the staff at OTM. we are forever grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I love On the Move! My son has been a participant for seven years now. It's a great organization! They have a very sweet group of participants and a very friendly and caring staff! They have a lot of fun together! I have gotten to know several of the parents too. We have parent meetings a few times a year. We have a potluck dinner in the fall and a big picnic in the summer. We're like one big happy family. My son has visited so many places in Portland through his outings with On the Move: OHSU Tram, Willamette River Esplanade, various art galleries, bridges, and city parks, Portland Streetcar, Hoyt Arboretum, and various festivals in downtown , just to name a few! I'm glad he has had the chance to experience the sights and sounds of our beautiful city! It has opened up his world and for that, I am grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Among all the programs helping folks with developmental disabilities connect with the world, On The Move Community Integration is best. All the others were closer to daycare.

My children’s cousin lives with us, and I am his caregiver. Four days a week he can be found out and about Portland with a small group at some event, physical activity, or interesting location. The impact of his multiple disabilities diminish and his personality blooms as he engages with the people he encounters.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like On-the-Move! It's a joyful place. I really like all of the staff that are here. They spend a lot of time really getting to know people and understand everyone. I also enjoy all the activities- especially when we do arts and crafts and when we explore art galleries.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like On-the-Move every day. because I hang out with my friends. I go to the potluck for volunteering at the food bank.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love On-the-Move. The staff worry about my safety. We just have fun."

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started with On-the-Move a long time ago. I think that On-the-Move helped me a lot for the reading class. It taught us how to make friends. I have a lot of memories with On-the-Move. The staff are great. We come together as a family. I feel safe in the community because of On-the-Move. We had a great year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I go to outings. I like cats. I come to On-the-Move 4 days a week. I am also a student in the reading class. Reading class is good. I go camping every summer with On-the-Move. I like to help my friends at On-the-Move. Today we rode the Tram and it was exciting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's fun, you meet new friends, you meet new staff. When you know everyone better you can socialize with them. Some of my favorite things are walking on the water front, Tanner Springs park, the park blocks. We care for the chickens, count their eggs and give them fresh hay when we volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank Learning gardens. Sometimes we pet the chickens. I volunteer in the solar waffle cart and help run the business and serve customers. The snowshoe trip was fun. I went on the men's camping trip, it was nice for everyone to come along, we made a nice fire. I've been coming here for almost 4 years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like coming here. I like my friends here. My favorite thing is hearing music at the free concerts. I have been coming here for 3 years!