Our History

How did Community Pathways Get its start?


The story of how and why Community Pathways got its start belongs to a larger history of support services brokerages in Oregon. In 2000, a group of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families determined that the availability of supports and services for adults with developmental disabilities, living and working in Oregon, was inadequate.

These families pursued access to support services in their homes and communities by taking the State of Oregon to court. The settlement reached is known as the Staley Settlement. Because of this settlement, support services and funding have become available to all adults with developmental disabilities who live independently or with their families in the community.

The State of Oregon chose to implement the Staley Settlement by creating support services brokerages throughout the state. Support services brokerages assist individuals with developmental disabilities to access, plan, and monitor available services and resources to support their efforts to live and work in their communities. There are currently fourteen brokerages in Oregon, six of which are located in the Portland Metro area.

Established in 2008, Community Pathways, Inc. (CPI) began as a program within The Arc Multnomah-Clackamas. In the beginning, Community Pathways enrolled approximately 20 individuals per month. Now we enroll approximately 20 per year. In addition to being a brokerage, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and serve over 450 individuals living and working in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

Community Pathways has a strong commitment to supporting its staff members, who in turn support the people we serve. Several members of our team have been with the brokerage since we opened in 2008.

Our mission is to assist people with disabilities to live empowered, self-determined lives through community connections. We achieve this through advocacy, empowerment, and connecting people to the resources they need. We also work closely with partnering agencies to ensure the services and resources available to the people we serve appropriately support their needs and goals.

We are proud of the work we do to support individuals and communities in Oregon.

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