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100% Included and Empowered

Be 100% you and celebrate 100 years with Easterseals After more than 100 years, Easterseals does not falter in our commitment to 100% inclusion and empowerment. Celebrate with us, learn with us, and grow with us.
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A 'One-of-a-Kind Kid'

Auburn Smith Easter Seals 2013 Youth Representative Auburn Smith is a nationally-ranked tennis player and aspiring musician who loves to travel. This active high school sophomore doesn’t let a disability get in her way.
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A Home Run for Jorge

Jorge C, a Connecting Communities participant, smiling while eating in our classroom. Jorge came to our program with limited English comprehension or reading/writing skills. With the help of our staff, he has been able to make great strides in his ESL courses and job-readiness classes. Read on to learn about how far Jorge has been able to go.
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A Move From Arizona to Oregon Disrupted by COIVD-19

Supportive Services for Veteran Families participant, James When Jim and Jennifer Shortt made the move from Arizona to Oregon, COVID-19 swept the rug out from under their feet. They were in need of a new start, and our veterans services team was there to help.
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A New Smile and a New Lease on Life

Senior woman, working as a cashier, wearing a protective mask. During her first 3 months in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Beth immediately leaned into the training and support offered by our staff. It was very clear that she was feeling alone, disenfranchised, and in need of employment assistance. With the help of our amazing staff, Beth was able to turn her life around.
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After Two Years Without A Home, It Was Time For Real Change

Veteran participant, Mr. W. and his wife, smiling while looking into the camera. Mr. W. and his family hadn't had a stable home for over 2 years. After reaching out to Easterseals Oregon, this Veteran family was placed in a hotel immediately, then permanent housing within 45 days. The full story of this homeless Veteran's struggles and triumphs will leave you inspired.
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Antonia's Path to Success With Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities participant, Antonia, smiling We are ecstatic to celebrate the success and hard work of our participant, Antonia P. Antonia was able to complete a series of classes on the subjects of food safety and CPR training. Through her engagement in our ESL classes and employment training, she has made great strides.
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Beverly's Journey - In Her Own Words

Senior Community Service Employment Program Paricipant Bev Sampson working at her desk. Easterseals Oregon would like to celebrate the success and kindness of our Senior Community Service Employment Program participant Beverly "Bev" S. She took the time to tell us her success story as she has developed employment skills as a senior in a changing job market.
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Celebrating Our Community Partnerships - CDR Maguire

Employment Specialist, James Ackland, smiling alongside CDR Maguire employee. Both of them are giving a Community employer partnerships are a big part of what makes our Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation Program so great at Easterseals Oregon. Naturally, we are very excited and proud to partner with CDR Maguire as an employer of veterans from Easterseals programs.
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Chad Chappelle, a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) success story!

Chad Chappelle spotlight Chad Chappelle enrolled in our Portland HVRP at the end of June 2017. While he was employed part-time in Nutritional Services with the school system, the end of the school year meant his job was ending, too. Chad hoped to find an opportunity in social services, in order to put his extensive volunteer experience to good use.
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Connecting Communities Administrative Assistant, Marilyn Has a Story to Tell

Merilyn, the Connecting Communities Administrative Assistant, laughing while in the office, near the printer. For many, kidney failure presents a stopping point and a barrier to success; but Marilyn loves to tell her story, hoping that she can inspire others to overcome.
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Excelling Beyond Minimum Wage With the Homeless Vetereans Rehabilitation Program

Mr. Fenton Mr. Fenton is a 47 year old United States Air Force (USAF) veteran who was enrolled in the Medford, Oregon Easterseals' Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (ESO HVRP). He has ADHD and is otherwise disabled, taking several prescribed medications that ease but do not eliminate his difficulties.
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Great Success for Mr. S!

Army Veteran, Mr. S. relaxing in a leather recliner that he received as a part of his After four years of living in his vehicle, US Army Veteran Mr. S needed a new lease on life. The Easterseals Oregon SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) program helped make that happen. Read Mr. S's story in his own words here.
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Is Your Child Under Age 5? Take the Developmental Milestones Screening

mom huggin two sons with text is your child developing on time? Children develop skills, or "milestones," at their own pace. How is your child or grandchild doing? You only need 10-20 minutes to check with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® online screening. Your results will help you see if your child's developmental progress is on time and alert you to any concerns that you can talk over with your health care provider.
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It Makes You Feel Like You Are a Part of Something - Emily's Story

When illness changed everything Emily knew about her life, she turned to Easterseals for help with becoming employable again.
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Kimberlee, a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) success story!

Kimberlee spotlight Kimberlee, an Army veteran, came to our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) as a referral from Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP). She recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Computer Science and needed a job.
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Leonor - A Connecting Communities Succes Story

Connecting Communities participant, Leonor, relaxing on her couch at home. Leonor's job at a local hotel wasn't able to properly accommodate for her disability, so it was time for something more inclusive and empowering. The Easterseals Oregon Connecting Communities Program has been able to help Leonor create a new start.
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Marine Corps Veteran Michael P.

Veteran Participant Michael Page, posing in front of Marine Corps Veteran, Michael P. has struggled with PTSD, feelings of hopelessness, and simply feeling lost. Through his struggles, he self-referred to Easterseals Oregon's veterans programs for help finding housing and employment.
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Optimism Carried Jan to A New Career

Connecting Communities Program participant, Juan H. Becerril, smiling in the hallway of our office, wearing a mask. Amidst the hardship and confusion of COVID-19, Juan kept optimism on the forefront while he worked with our Connecting Communities program for employment services.
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Our Miltary & Veterans Services

Service member and significant other embracing As the largest provider of disability-related services, Easter Seals offers military and veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.
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Our Summer Camp Changes Lives

Programs Spotlight Jonathan is 13 years old, he has Autism Spectrum Disorder. His condition affects his social relationships, academic and self-care skills. He is a kind boy with a bright mind. Having positive and exciting camp experiences is so helpful for Jonathan. It helps him feel less “different” and more like everyone else. He is building memories that will last his whole life. – Tina, Jonathan’s mom.
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Overcoming High-Risk Challenges During The Pandemic

Connecting Communities Program participant, Angelica - wearing her safety mask, holding some supplies given to her by our program (including an iPad) Angelica came to the Easterseals Oregon Connecting Communities Program for assistance with developing English skills and Computer skills so she can continue to employment assistance. Read on to learn more about how we're helping her get back on her feet!
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Painting a Picture of Success - Manuel's Story

Connecting Communities Program participant, Manuel - wearing his safety mask Manuel has been a consistent participant throughout the entirety of the pandemic. His persistence and patience have finally paid off with a new job!
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Persistence Pays Off - Homeless Veteran Success Story

Robert Swan, an HVRP participant, posed in front of the Easterseals Oregon sign. Robert Swan is a US Marine Corps Veteran who enrolled in the Easterseals Oregon Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program in November of 2019 because he was at risk of homelessness.
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Raul - An Injured Warehouse Employee - Needed a New Start

Raul smiling Raul was a warehouse employee for 20 years when he became injured. This left him with the difficult task of pursuing a new career path. Though his lack of confidence in his English skills made it a challenging transition, Raul was able to move forward with the help of Connecting Communities.
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Take a Step in Making a Difference in Your Community

Walk With Me group Easter Seals Walk With Me is an event to raise awareness and support for families living with disabilities! Join hundreds of passionate people in your community for a day full of entertainment, fun and, of course, our signature walk! Each walk event is different, but every walk is a lifeline of funds that enables your local Easter Seals to continue providing vital services and support to people with disabilities and their families.
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Thank-You Letter From Camper Katie's Parents

Easterseals Oregon camper Katie's parents wrote us a wonderful thank-you letter to share their gratitude for what Camp Easterseals has meant to their family. For many, our camp means a fun and inclusive summer, and for some it means tradition.
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The Barriers Kept Adding Up

Connecting Communities participant, Esmeralda, smiling during one of our classes. Esmeralda struggled with a language barrier, had emotional struggles, didn't have a driver's license, and needed to find childcare for her child with special needs. Read on to see how she's doing now
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