I've worked in the field of I/DD for nearly 15 years now and have yet to come across an organization like On-the-Move. As someone who works for this organization, I can say that the values drive the mission and the mission drives the work.
This is a terrific program! As a professor in Special Education, who has seen excellent and challenged programs, I would like to highly recommend On-The-Move Community Integration. The participants in the program are at the heart of their work and the staff and leadership that support the program have formed a beautiful community. If I ever have an adult child who needed this type of support, I would choose OTM, because not only do they have a wonderful community, but the model of doing meaningful community outings in small self-organizing groups is so cool. The other day, I was able to attend a part of an outing and we sat in a cool coffee shop and had a very nice time. These simple moments of meaningful community integration are what OTM is all about. I now know many of the staff and am so impressed. The leader Jackie is incredible and one of the nicest people I've ever met in the field. The direct service team members I've interacted with have been excellent with their groups both when I've seen them more formally and when I've bumped into them in the community. I hope this organizations model and community can continue to grow to serve more people through community integration. -Dr. Samuel Sennott, Portland State University
I've always been impressed with OnTheMove's family and welcoming environment and experience. Their staff cares deeply about their participants and it shows with every interaction.
I refer families to OTMCI as a resource for post high school independent living. They do so much in the community students and their families have options to fit any need. The staff works well with young people emerging into adults. The fact that they travel the whole county is a major plus. Thank you
I visited On the Move for its Halloween party yesterday, and I was so happy to have the opportunity to meet such wonderful people. As a wheelchair user, I appreciate its emphasis on social justice and modeling healthy, caring relationships for people who may have limited experience with disability. On the Move has a personal approach to breaking down barriers to social inclusion that I really value.
I grew up with a brother who has Down Syndrome, and our relationship has influenced so many parts of my life. I am so proud of his amazing talents, his spark, and the love that he shares with so many people. We always challenge each other to pursue our passions and to be the best people we can be- but as many others who have special needs, he is constantly facing obstacles, and a new page of them going into adulthood. What first struck me when I learned about On-the-Move was the emphasis on how fundamental it is for our community to more greatly appreciate those who have differences, and I knew I wanted to be part of this. On-the-Move works to empower participants and to genuine relationships- and from the small group model to the morning group planning sessions, you can see this played out from day to day. And, On-the-Move is fun- it's definitely an inspiration to see everyone have genuine support for each other. I'm excited for OTM's future :)
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!
I serve with the Executive Director, Molly Mayo on the Oregon Small Provider Org Coalition. She and Leah, the Program Manager work tirelessly to advocate for systems change to improve the independence, integration and accessibility for people with disabilities.
As a professional in this field I see lots of non profits who provide support to my customers but not all of them do what On-The-Move does. From hiking in different places in the Portland Metro area to volunteering at the food bank, OTM really enriches the lives of the people they touch. I have one customer in particular who goes to OTM and this customer absolutely loves the organization, she has grown so much with OTM, she takes the bus across town on her own to get there, her socialization skills and confidence have improved as well as the fact that she remains healthy with the activities OTM provides – thank you for founding such a great organization!
I had the pleasure of working for On-the-Move before I had to say goodbye to return to school. My time spent working for this wonderful organization was, to say the least, inspiring, and will not soon be forgotten. The staff, participants, and families involved are all unforgettable people who share a common goal of a world where diversity is celebrated and embraced by all.