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The Team at ALSO

December 13, 2022

Celebrate ALSO’s 25th Anniversary with Us!

Back in 1997, ALSO began its mission to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Oregon. Since then, we have grown at a rate that we could have only dreamed of all those years ago. This year marks ALSO’s 25th anniversary on December 15th. As we look back at all of our accomplishments, we invite you to share in the joy of knowing that so many people have access to the services and support they need through the heart work of ALSO advocates.

ALSO’s Accomplishments Over the Years

Historical timeline of milestones for ALSO in Oregon.

Supported Employment Success

Our quarter-of-a-century experience has brought so many wonderful people into our lives. Even through the worst times of the pandemic, we have been able to provide support and services.

Looking back at our employment services we discovered that, since 2017, we’ve provided supported employment to an estimated 80 individuals with disabilities. Since then, we’re happy to say that many of them have been able to move to self-sufficiency in employment, which is our ultimate goal. We’re always happy to continue providing support and services when needed, however.

The pandemic required some adjustments. During that time, we were only able to support an estimated four or five individuals at their jobs. Now, in our 25th anniversary year, ALSO is currently supporting 54 people in person, and more through our VR services.

Notable Statistics About ALSO

Since 1997, ALSO has achieved an impressive level of support for the Oregon communities it serves. Take a look at the following stats and see what successes we’re celebrating on our 25th anniversary!

  • 4.06 years is the average employment tenure at ALSO. This level of loyalty has enabled ALSO to provide consistent heart work service that takes center stage on best practices for individuals in the disability services network.
  • Each year, ALSO proves that it is top nonprofit employer in Oregon. Our diverse workforce numbers 350 so far and is growing every day!
  • Our 25 years in operation have allowed us to make footprints in 9 Oregon counties. This network covers Portland Metro, Central, Southern and Eastern Oregon. ALSO is proud to be able to provide much-needed services and support, which has made a positive impact across Oregon.
  • Our total annual support hours have reached 715,822! That equates to over 250 people with disabilities being able to access the support and services they need!

Award Winning Services in Oregon

ALSO is 25 years strong! Over the many years we have been serving the communities in Oregon, we have been honored with multiple awards. In 2013, Oregon Business gave us the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon Award. In the years since 2013, ALSO was bestowed the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon Award again in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022! We also were honored in 2021, when we received the 100 Best GREEN Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon Award. We can’t help but be proud, because we feel that these awards reflect our employee’s commitment to excellence! The future looks bright.

Looking to the Future

ALSO has come a long way in the last 25 years, and we look forward to reaching many more goals in the future! Some future goals that we’ve set for ourselves include:

  • Be an unparalleled provider of disability services.
  • Be a leading provider of services in rural Oregon counties.
  • Have a diverse and inclusive work force and board that reflects the totality of our communities.
  • Offer an automatic wraparound of supports and services for the people we support.
  • Continue to advocate for freedom of choice and better integrated services.
  • Ensure all people we support have access to the assistive and adaptive technology they need in their daily lives.
  • Ensure all ALSO homes are powered by solar energy.

Support ALSO’s Mission Today!

ALSO is one of Oregon’s top 100 nonprofit disability support service providers in the Portland Metro area, Deschutes County, Klamath County, and more. We are committed to full community inclusion and independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide the best person-centered disability support services for individuals and families in their homes, workplaces and communities. Our comprehensive services ensure that the people we support live the life of their choosing. Celebrate with us and support our mission today by donating

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