July Newsletter

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Hello,

We hope everyone is having a nice start to the summer. A quick reminder that our office will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on July 5th at 9AM.

This July, Community Pathways is excited to be celebrating its 11th anniversary as a support services brokerage and its 1st year as a partner of the Seven Corners Collaborative in southeast Portland!

Since 2008, our goal has been to create and foster a culture of person-centered support services to assist people who experience a developmental disability to live self-determined lives. We believe every person we serve has the right to live a full life that encompass a range of choices, changes, struggles, and successes.

We are glad to be continuing the work we do to empower fellow Oregonians.

We wish you all a happy, fun, safe 4th of July!

Jennifer Santiago
Executive Director

 

Customer Story: Lawrence, an Artist at Work

Meet Lawrence, an artist living and working in Portland. Lawrence and his PSW Monica recently sat down with us to talk about Lawrence's artwork, his experience living on his own, and to share that he was chosen for the 2019 Field of View Residency at Public Annex. The residency will pay Lawrence, provide access to an artist mentor, and culminate in a gallery exhibition. Read the full interview.

Visit Lawrence's website, click here

 

Calling All Artists - Apply to Showcase Your Art

ARTISTS -- The Seven Corners Collaborative is searching for artists working in a variety of medium--photography, prints, drawings, watercolors, acrylic painting, etc.-- to exhibit their artwork at the Seven Corners building (2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214).

This is a great opportunity to exhibit your work alongside other talented artists in our beautiful office space where many people will see and appreciate your artwork.

Individuals who experience disability are invited to apply. Applications will be available July 15th. We will be posting it on our website. Stay tuned!

 

DD Advocacy - How to get involved!

Interested in learning more about self-advocacy? Meet up with other self-advocates by contacting us. To see the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's top priorities, click here.

Personal Advocacy

  • Learn to ask for what you want and need from your support team.

  • Learn to ask to change your case manager/personal agent, brokerage or case management entity, or the goals in your ISP, if/when needed.

  • Visit OSAC's website and learn about the benefits of becoming a member (it's free!).

Community Advocacy

  • Get involved in your community and learn to advocate for the rights of people who experience disabilities in your area.

  • Get involved with the Self Advocates Taking Action group that meets ever Friday at Seven Corners, and join Build A Movement events.

  • Contact Jennifer Knapp at jknapp@cvision.org for more information.

Political Advocacy

  • Join self-advocate groups in visiting the Oregon State Capitol to share your story with law makers (legislators) and why funding DD services matters to you and the community.

  • Visit the GO! Project website to learn more about advocating at the legislative (political) level.

 

PSW EVV Orientation Sessions

The PSW Electronic Visit Verification system starts on July 16, 2019.

Learn about the PSW Electronic Visit Verification system at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/Pages/evv.asp

Register for an orientation session through the DHS iLearn website at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/EVV%20Docs/How-to-Register-for-PSW-EVV-Orientation-Session-iLearn.pdf

  1. Copy and Paste the iLearn link https://ilearn.oregon.gov into your browser

  2. Click on Create Account

  3. Type: Not a State Employee (PSW’s are contracted by customers of brokerages not the State of Oregon.)

  4. Fill out required contact information and choose a login. Do not fill out Job Title, Organization, or Manager.

Information about EVV is available in:

Spanish / Español

Vietnamese /Tiếng Việt

Russian /русский


Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the EVV system.

 

Oregon DHS Focus Group Discussions

Individuals and Family Members - Oregon DHS wants to hear about your experience with case management supports (service coordinators and personal agents) and communication from the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS).

Please join the focus group discussions in Oregon City and Hillsboro in July! Your voice matters and your feedback is valuable.

  • Tuesday, July 16th from 2-3:45 PM at Clackamas County Public Services Building (2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City - Room 369A)

  • Friday, July 19th from 4-6 PM at Washington County Building (5240 NE Elam Young Parkway Suite 150, Hillsboro - Room 40)


Questions and RSVP - Contact Myles Maxey at myles.maxey@dhsoha.state.or.us or call (503) 302-7547 (711 TTY)

 

Community Events

UCP Oregon is a beneficiary of the Oregon Brewer's Festival

  • Wednesday-Saturday, July 24-27, 2019

  • UCP needs 80 volunteers for the festival. Register using the link below and put "UCP Volunteer" in the comments section to count toward their volunteer total. As this year's "Charity of Choice" UCP can raise thousands toward its disability services!

  • Register at https://events-connect.com/obf/

2019 Division Clinton Street Fair & Parade

  • Saturday, July 24th.

    • Parade: 10:45am – 12pm

    • Street Fair: 10am – 5pm

  • Parade: SE 41st & Division to SE 26th & Clinton (watch the parade anywhere along SE Division St)
    Street Fair: SE Clinton Street (from SE 25th – 28th) and SE 26th Ave (from SE Clinton to Division)

  • Fun community event in the Division/Clinton neighborhood where the Seven Corners Collaborative is located.

  • Learn more at https://www.divisionclinton.com/the-division-clinton-street-fair/

FACT Oregon's All Ability Tri4Youth

  • Saturday, August 2nd. Race starts at 9am.

  • Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, Beaverton, OR

  • Open to athletes of all abilities ages 8-26 years old

  • Register as an athlete, team, or volunteer at https://factoregon.org/tri4youth/

The 15th Annual Walk, Roll 'n' Run for UCP


Do you have other inclusive events you'd like to share with the community? Please let us know. Thank you!

 

Our Mission

Community Pathways' mission is to assist adults with developmental disabilities to live empowered, self-determined lives through community connections.

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