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"If You Have the Want to, You Can Get There" - Tim's Story

Tim Vaughn - an HVRP participant, posing and smiling in front of his new workplace at A+ Towing. With an unfinished degree and uncertainty about his value in the job market, Tim sought the help of our HVRP Program. Easterseals Oregon's employment staff was able to connect Tim with Veterans assistance to pursue a deeper solution.
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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 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 Joy to Have on Our Team - Magdalena P.

Connecting Communities Staff Member Magdalena P., holding a gift while smiling and sitting at her desk. Through a partnership between two of our programs, Magdalena has been able to thrive both as a participant in our Senior Community Service Employment Program and as a staff member in our Connecting Communities Program.
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A Move From Arizona to Oregon Disrupted by COVID-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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Adjusting to New Surroundings and New Challenges

HVRP Participant, Orinn Savage, leaning on a counter in an office. He is wearing his safety mask. Orrin is a Navy veteran who originally enrolled in our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program in September of 2019 after receiving an eviction notice for non-payment of rent. Easterseals Oregon has been able to help Orrin overcome seemingly-impassible employment barriers to get back on his feet.
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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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