June Newsletter

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June Newsletter

With June coming to a close, Community Pathways is excited to be celebrating the beginning of summer with our Seven Corners Collaborative partners at Community Vision, FACT Oregon, and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities with a Summer Party this Wednesday, June 26th, 2-6pm.

Food, drinks, games, and raffle prize will be provided! The event is at Seven Corners (2475 SE Ladd Avenue). It's free and open to the public. We invite you to come celebrate with us!
As we enter our second year at the Seven Corners building, we are so grateful to collaborate with our wonderful building partners to help create a hub of information, resources, and support for individuals and families who experience disability.

We wish you all a fun, happy and safe summer!

Jennifer Santiago
Executive Director

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Customer Story: Lawrence, an Artist at Work

Meet Lawrence, an artist living and working in Portland. Recently, Lawrence and his PSW Monica sat down with us to share about Lawrence's artistic practice, experience living in his own apartment, and the recent news of being chosen for the 2019 Field of View Residency at Public Annex. The residency will pay Lawrence, connect him with an artist mentor, and culminate in a gallery exhibition. Read the full interview with Lawrence here.

Visit Lawrence’s artist website here.


DD Advocacy - How to Get Involved

Contact us to learn how you can get involved in self-advocacy. Check out the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's top priorities when advocating for DD services here.

Personal Advocacy

  • Learning how to ask for what you want and need from your personal support worker(s), family, and personal agent.

  • Asking to change case managers/personal agent, the brokerage or case management entity that delivers support services to you, and goals in your ISP.

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

Community Advocacy

  • Getting involved in your community and advocating 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, or join Build A Movement events.

Political Advocacy

  • 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 Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project website to learn more about advocating at the legislative level.


PSW EVV Orientation Sessions

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

Learn more about the PSW Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) at

Register for a PSW EVV Orientation Session at

Spanish / Español
Vietnamese /Tiếng Việt
Russian /русский

Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the PSW EVV System.


Upcoming Events

Summer Party & Exhibition Opening at the Seven Corners Collaborative

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2-6pm

  • Summer party and exhibition opening featuring artist Mikayla Carpenter.

  • 2475 SE Ladd Avenue, 4th Floor, Portland, OR 97214

  • FREE and open to the public. Food and drinks provided. Raffle prizes.

  • Event Flyer (PDF)

  • For more information, contact Jill at

Oregon Brewer's Festival - Volunteer and support UCP as a beneficiary

  • 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

2019 Division Clinton Street Fair & Parade

  • Saturday, July 24, 2019

    • Parade: 10:45am – 12pm

    • Street Fair: 10am – 5pm

  • Parade: SE 41st & Division to SE 26th & Clinton (watch the parade along SE Division St)

  • Street Fair: SE Clinton Street (SE 25th – 28th) and SE 26th Ave (SE Clinton to Division)

  • Fun community event in the Division/Clinton neighborhood we call home.

  • Learn more at

FACT Oregon's All Ability Tri4Youth

  • Saturday, August 2, 2019. Race starts at 9am.

  • Tualatin Hills Athletic Center in Beaverton, OR

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

  • Register as an athlete, team, or volunteer at

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

Are there other events you'd like us to share with the community? Please let us know. We value your feedback. Thank you!


Our Mission

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

Learn more About Us

April Newsletter - Autism Acceptance

On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.
— Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Did you know April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day? And April is World Autism Awareness Month! Help us spread the word not simply about autism awareness but ACCEPTANCE this month by using #AutismAwareness19 #AutismAcceptance


Join DD Advocacy on April 30th

Join the upcoming GO! Project DD Advocacy Day at the Oregon State Capitol on April 30th. Members of Community Pathways’ team, Build A Movement participants, and advocates will be going. The GO! Project Advocacy Team will be available at the Capitol to give you information, training, and support before talking with legislators. Come be an advocate!

Learn more about the GO! Project and DD advocacy at

Legislator Lookup - Find your legislators (State Senator and House Representative).

Three women standing together for a photo at the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol building in Salem. The woman in the middle holds a sign with the words, “Support DD Services.” Photo taken by Oregon DD Coalition staff member.

Three women standing together for a photo at the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol building in Salem. The woman in the middle holds a sign with the words, “Support DD Services.” Photo taken by Oregon DD Coalition staff member.


General Resource Guide

Find Direct Support (and clients)

Oregon Home Care Commission's (OHCC) Registry and Referral System - Find a provider to deliver direct support, or connect with an individual seeking direct support.

Food and Shelter 

211 Info - Find information on food shelters, warming/cooling centers, and shelters.

Oregon Food Bank's Food Finder - Find a food bank near you.

Portland Farmers Market - many of the markets accept SNAP benefits.

Health and Safety

Additional Needs Registry - Program for individuals in Portland and Multnomah county to share additional needs with 9-1-1 police and fire responders in case of emergencies.

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Clackamas County Crisis Line: (503) 655-8401

Multnomah County Crisis Line: (503) 988-4888

Washington County Crisis Line: (503) 291-9111

Arts and Culture 

Art Gallery at Seven Corners (2475 SE Ladd Avenue) is currently featuring works by artist Catherine Hill. Please check out the window gallery facing SE Division Street.

Public Annex - accessible urban farming and arts programming.

PHAME Academy - a school of the arts and performance serving adults with disabilities.

Social Events and Outdoor Activities

Off the Couch Events - socialization and educational program for differently-abled adults.

Adventure Without Limits - provides access to outdoor adventure to all people regardless of abilities, socio-economic gender, gender, ethnicity, or age.

Portland Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation - A program that offers, “community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs.”

Tech and Gaming

Guardian Games event calendar - Community calendar of gaming events.

Free Geek - provides volunteer opportunities and classes to enable digital access and education to create community that empowers people to realize their potential.

Fidgetech - A community for young adults on the autism spectrum to learn technologies, uncover interests and talents, develop skills, and achieve goals.

Do you have a resource you would like us to share? Email Kristine at or contact a personal agent. Thanks!


Spring Photo Gallery - Share your photos with us!

The CPI Team is so excited that it's finally Spring. April brings longer days, bluer skies, more frequent "sun breaks", and much needed doses of Vitamin D—and more time spent outside! To celebrate the coming of Spring, members of the CPI team are sharing their favorite Spring-time photos with us all. We hope these beautiful images inspire people to spend time outside and share their photos with us!

Want to share your own Spring photos with the community? Please do!

How to Submit Photos to the Community Pathways Newsletter:

  1. Send photos as .PNG or .JPEG file attachments to (Subject: Spring Photos for Newsletter).

  2. Please include a title or brief description of each photo, such as “Mt Hood View” or “St Johns Bridge”.


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Read the latest newsletters below by clicking “Read More”. Want to share your story and be featured in the newsletter or in a blog post on our website? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

March Newsletter

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News Topics

  • DD Awareness Month #DDAwareness19

  • Individual & Provider Highlight

  • DD Advocacy Days in Salem

  • Build A Movement on March 8th

  • Customer Survey on Gaming Events

  • Resources for Individuals & Providers

March is DD Awareness Month! 

Help us spread awareness about developmental disabilities this month and every month. Follow along with us on Facebook to help us support, advocate for, and empower individuals and families experiencing developmental disabilities in Oregon and beyond. Please use #DDAwareness19 and #support #advocate #empower in your own social media posts.

In honor of DD Awareness Month, we’re excited to be sharing the story of Chris and William, an individual and a provider team who volunteer together to collect and give hygiene products (toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc.) to people experiencing houselessness in Portland. Learn more about their community service by reading their story below.

Thanks for reading! Questions or comments? Let us know. Email Kristine at or call (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. We value your feedback.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
-Team Community Pathways

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Image of artwork by Gary Murrel including the words #DDawareness19 and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Image Source:

Feature Story: Individual and Provider Volunteer to Give Hygiene Products to Portland’s Houseless

Chris and William recently met with our staff to share their experiences as an individual-customer and support provider volunteering together to collect and give hygiene products to people experiencing houselessness in Portland.

William, who works as a direct support provider, explains that he started serving people living without a house in Portland by using his own money to buy hot meals for people who might not be able to afford one. With time, his attention shifted to hygiene products because he wanted to provide longer-lasting support to people. By providing people with hygiene products they are able to stay more clean and healthy despite not having direct access to basic amenities.

 Chris, who is involved in many service projects through his church, quickly joined William's efforts when he learned about them. The volunteer duo share that with the support of Chris’ church congregation they were able to collect enough hygiene products to fill over 100 small backpacks to create what Chris refers to as “hygiene packs.” Targeting areas around the Burnside Bridge and Pioneer Square, Chris says they were able to give most of the hygiene packs away in a short span of time. The pair note the high demand for hygiene products among people living without a house in Portland highlights the larger housing crisis the City is experiencing.

Asked if they are still collecting products, or interested in continuing this project together, Chris and William both say yes. They would like to continue providing support to their community in this way, and welcome donations and support in their efforts.

Asked if he’s working on other service projects, as well, Chris shares that he regularly volunteers with his church. Primarily, he helps sew and assemble sanitary pads that are donated by the church to an organization in Africa that provides support to women in need. As an aside, William points out that it would be helpful to include disposable sanitary pads in the hygiene packs they make for people living in Portland.

What products do Chris and William currently collect for the hygiene packs? In travel sizes, they collect: tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouth wash, floss, shampoo, soap, razors, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bottles of water, and snacks. Q-tips, toilet paper, nail clippers and disposable sanitary pads are also appreciated. They are also open to suggestions.

If you would like to learn more about Chris’ and William’s service project(s), or would like to donate toward their cause, please let us know. Contact Kristine at or (503) 935-5243 ext. 228.

DD Advocacy Days in Salem

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Image description: A group of advocates sitting around a conference room listening to a presentation on legislative advocacy at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in February 2019./Oregon DD Coaltion at


Join us at the next DD Advocacy Day in Salem on Tuesday, March 5th (10am - 2pm). Community Pathways is joining the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project Advocacy Team and self-advocates to help support DD rights and services during the 2019 Legislative Session. Come learn about legislative advocacy and how you can make your voice heard!

Sign up to get the GO! Project Bulletin (newsletter) for the latest advocacy updates. Visit

Upcoming Event: Build A Movement Meeting

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Image description: Build A Movement event flyer.

Community Pathways is proud to help sponsor and support the next Build A Movement (BAM) meeting of self-advocates on March 8th. BAM participants are self-advocates living in the Portland area who work together to address issues related to DD Services, Housing, and Healthcare. To learn more about BAM and how to get involved, contact Jennifer Knapp at or (971) 347-7825.

Customer Survey on Gaming Events

Do you like playing board games, video games, Virtual reality, etc.? Let us know by taking a short survey on gaming events.

Community Pathways invites individuals-customers to take a short 5 question, confidential survey to let us know if you’re interested in joining a gaming event or group. Our team would love to host a game night or gaming event here at Community Pathways. But, first, we need your feedback!

The survey asks 5 questions and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. You can take the survey online at

Request a paper copy to be mailed to you, with a stamped return envelope, by emailing Kristine at or calling (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. You may also contact your PA who can request the survey be mailed to you.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Resources for Individuals and Providers

Please let us know if you have additional recommendations for resources Community Pathways can share with individuals-customers and providers online. Thank you! Call (503) 935-5243

Find a Provider (or individual to support)

OHCC Registry and Referral System:

Food and Shelter

211 Info:

Oregon Food Bank:

Health and Safety

Additional Needs Registry:

Arts and Culture

The Gallery at Seven Corners Collaborative (2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214)

Public Annex:

PHAME Academy:

Activity Groups and Recreation

Off the Couch Activities:

Adventure Without Limits:

Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (City of Portland):

Tech and Gaming

Guardian Games:

Free Geek:


Do you have more resource recommendations? Please help us share them with the community.
Contact Kristine at or (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. Thank you!