Independence Northwest Offering Brokerage 101 Forums in Nov/Dec 2014


In November and December 2014, Independence Northwest will be offering a series of forums:  Brokerage 101: A Primer on Support Services. The forums are designed for people new to brokerage services – whether just recently referred (in the last year) or considering their options for in-home and community-based supports. You’ll learn where brokerages come from, what we do, and what to expect from our services. These presentations are perfect for students in transition and their families! Topics include: eligibility, funding, the K Plan, the Adult Needs Assessment, case management services, support service options, provider options, person-centered planning, supported employment, and more!

Join us to have your questions answered!

Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 16th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Independence Northwest
919 NE 19th Avenue Suite 275 in Portland

RSVP by calling 503.546.2950 or emailing (Space is limited to 30 per session.)

March 2014 Brokerage Changes Forums Filling Up Fast! Reserve Your Spot Today

Seats are filling up very fast this month! Our March 12th forum is at capacity, but there’s still space for our March 26th evening session. Save your space by calling Rachel at 503.546.2950 or emailing Lots of developments this month. We look forward to seeing you there.


Independence Northwest Celebrates 6 Years as a Support Services Brokerage

6yearsSix years ago today Independence Northwest became a fully-funded Oregon support services brokerage. Thank you to our founding and current board of directors, our many stellar staff members past and present, CDDP and provider partners, fellow brokerages, and customers and families for your belief, support, guidance, and partnership these past six years.

We are proud to be part of Oregon’s I/DD community and look forward to many more years with you!

Abuse Reporting Training – Tues September 18th, 2012

The folks at Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities Program are offering a great training opportunity for all professionals serving people with disabilities: a one hour training on Abuse Reporting led by Abuse Investigator Brian Pollard.

WHAT: Abuse Reporting Training
WHEN: Tuesday September 18th, 2012 from 11am to 12 noon
WHERE: Clackamas County Public Services Building (2051 Kaen Road Room 369B Oregon City, OR  97045)

Abuse Reporting is geared toward adults eligible for DD Services, their families, Personal Support Workers, Foster Care Providers and staff, Residential and Vocational staff. Adults eligible for DD services are a protected class and therefore those paid to support them are Mandatory Abuse Reporters. The class will address when and how to report abuse and neglect of adults eligible for DD services.

If you are a Personal Support Worker, Domestic Employee or Independent Contractor, we at Independence Northwest strongly urge you consider this training opportunity.

Please contact Robyn Hoffman at 503.557.2872 or for any questions and to RSVP. Space is limited, so please register to reserve your place.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training – March 28, 2012 in Clackamas County

Clackamas County DD Program, as part of the DD Training Co-Op offers:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Presenter: Lori Thompson, MS Ed
Date:     Wed., March 28, 2012
     9am – 12noon
Class site:  Clackamas County Public Services
2051 Kaen Rd.
, Oregon City, OR 97045 
I-205, Oregon City/Molalla/Park Place Exit, Right on Beavercreek (Shari’s on Left), Left on Kaen. Rd.

Course Description These disorders are currently recorded as the leading cause of intellectual disabilities in the United States. FASD occurs in 10 per 1,000 live births. FASD is not a diagnostic term. It refers to conditions such as: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Effects, Alcohol-Relayed Neuron-Developmental Disorder and Alcohol –related birth defects. The estimated lifetime costs for one child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome alone is $2 million. This workshop will help participants understand the damage that alcohol can have on the developing brain and provide practical strategies that are most effective when dealing with FASD within a family setting, foster home environment, group home and/or day program. Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders present increasing challenges and often utilize a large portion of community based crisis stabilization services. This workshop is highly recommended for anyone who provides support services to individuals within the developmental disability community.   The presenter, Lori Thompson, M.S. Ed, has over 30 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities.

Cost per registrant $25 (Co-Op member rate*) includes snacks and coffee/water

*Member agency staff, foster providers, & families of individuals in DD services get Co-Op rate, but DOUBLE for others.

Contact Robyn Hoffman at  or 503-557-2872Additional info about this and other DD Training Co-Op classes available at .

Clackamas County Housing Resource Fair

Free Clackamas County Housing Resource Fair

Date: March 3rd, 2011

Time: 10:00am-2:30pm

Location: Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave. Oregon City, Oregon

This free event will cover topics such as tenant/landlord law, affordable housing options, and housing discrimination. All are welcome. Landlords, tenants, home owners assoc, and buyers are encouraged to attend. Everyone’s welcome to come! Sessions include:

  • Housing Discrimination: Your Housing Rights and Responsibilities
  • Landlord/Tenant Law: What you need to Know
  • Affordable Housing: Local Housing Resources, What’s Available

If you have any housing questions, questions about the housing fair, call Clackamas County’s free Housing Rights and Resources line: 503-650-5750

Summer Food Service Program for Children


What? Free food and fun in the summer sun.

Who? For kids and teens (18 and younger)

Not a kid or teen? Check out other food assistance.

During the school year, thousands of Oregon children depend on free or reduced price meals each day. However, when school ends for the year, so does this important resource. The Summer Food Service Program is meant to help fill that nutritional gap.

Funding for meals is provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. All open sites are located in neighborhoods that USDA considers high need areas. However, no application or proof of income is needed to participate, and all children are welcome!

The Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) was created by Congress in 1968. It is designed to provide funds for eligible organizations to serve nutritious meals to low-income children when school is not in session.

You can find more information about SFSP at

Thanks to Natasha Roe for the tip.

Clackamas County: PGE Energy Assistance for People Who Have Never Received Energy Assistance

An important announcement from Clackamas County Social Services:


This state program operates year-round for low-income Clackamas County residents who have power bills from Portland General Electric.  During the OEAP Summer Outreach, June 1 to September 30, 2010, households that have not received energy assistance are a priority group for this program.

HOW IS ELIGIBILITY DETERMINED? To be eligible, a household’s income must be at or below 60% of Oregon’s median income. The following guidelines are based on total gross household income for all adult members, 18 and older, living in the home and the household size. The household must have an active Portland General Electric account in the name of an adult living in the home.  Both homeowner and renter households are eligible.

Size of Household / Gross Monthly Income (before taxes and deductions)

# of people: 1 Income cannot exceed $1757

# of people: 2 Income cannot exceed$2298

# of people: 3 Income cannot exceed $2839

# of people: 4 Income cannot exceed$3380

# of people: 5 Income cannot exceed$3921

# of people: 6 Income cannot exceed $4461

# of people: 7 Income cannot exceed $4563

# of people: 8 Income cannot exceed $4664

Each additional member add $101

HOW TO APPLY Applications are made through Clackamas County Social Services Division. For more information or to apply for energy assistance, call the Energy Assistance Line, 503-650-5640, select English and option 3.  Funds are limited, so there may be times when assistance is not available.  If you have never received energy assistance before, be sure to say “this is my first time requesting energy assistance” when you call to apply for Energy Assistance.

ENERGY EDUCATION Clackamas County Social Services and Clackamas County Weatherization offer Energy Savings Tips Workshops to help eligible households learn how to reduce their energy usage and improve their economic stability.  Be sure to ask about the workshops when calling for energy assistance.

Cooling Centers in the Metro Area

KATU’s current list of cooling centers in the metro area:

Multnomah County:

  • Portland Rescue Mission is opening its Burnside Shelter at 111 W. Burnside as a cooling center.  Movies and beverages in an air-conditioned environment will be provided 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Loaves and Fishes has air-conditioned spaces throughout Multnomah County, and beyond. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.
  • Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Movie, beverages and snacks at 5:30 p.m. Free transportation through Ride Connection. Call (503) 288-8303 or (503) 988-3646 to schedule a ride.
  • The Salvation Army Rose Center for Seniors will be extending its hours through Thursday, opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. at 211 N.E. 18th Ave. near downtown Portland. It’s offering “fun activities, light snacks and lots of water” and can be reached at (503) 239-1221.
  • The City of Fairview will open up Fairview City Hall as a cooling center from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Children must be accompanied by an adult; animals are prohibited. Fairview City Hall is at 1300 N.E. Village Street in downtown Fairview, about 2 miles west of Troutdale off Interstate 84. Call (503) 674-6224 with questions.
  • Greater Gresham Baptist Church is opening its sanctuary up as a Gresham Area Cooling Center. The church is at 3848 N.E. Division Street in Gresham and will stay open until 9 p.m. and possibly later. Call (503) 667-1515 for further details.
  • The Oregon Human Society’s Animal Medical Learning Center will host a pet-friendly cooling center through Sunday, Aug 2, during normal shelter hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Pets must be accompanied by their owners at all times. Pet drop offs are not allowed; pet crates are encouraged. The address is 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd., just inside the Oregon Humane Society’s main shelter entrance. Call (503) 285-7722 or visit for further details.

Clark County:

  • New extended hours: Clark County Fire District 6 will open the Felida Fire Station as a cooling center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The station is at 11600 N.W. Lakeshore Ave. in Vancouver. C-TRAN will transport people there; riders need to board Route 9/Felida and ask the driver to drop them at the fire station on Lakeshore Avenue – as it is not a regular stop on the route.
  • The Human Services Council of Southwest Washington will provide door-to-door service to the Clark County Fire District 6 Cooling Center.  The home pickup service is for low-income people and those with disabilities who need assistance in finding transportation. Rides are limited, so if you know you’ll need one you should call as soon as possible. Ride reservation lines are (360) 258-2103 or (360) 735-5746.
  • Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main Street in Fairgrounds Park, will be open for books, magazines, board games and children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 342-5380 for more information on this center.
  • East County Fire and Rescue will open their firehouse as a cooling center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Station 91 is located at 600 N.E. 267th Avenue, Fern Prairie, next to Grove Airfield.

Clackamas County:

Portable, electric fans may be available for loan to families through the Wilsonville Community Center. The Clackamas County Energy Assistance Program also has fans available for low-income households free of charge.  People in need of a fan can call its energy assistance line at (503) 650-5640; Spanish speakers can call (503) 650-5766. Additionally,

  • Wilsonville Public Library at 8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road will remain open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for cooling, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. thereafter.  The library will be closed Thursday.  Water is available, no pets allowed, handicapped accessible.
  • Water features in Town Center Park at the Visitors Center and Murase Plaza will be left on until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • The Wilsonville Community Center at 7965 S.W. Wilsonville Road is “remaining cool and always a place for folks to spend the day,” reports Dan Knoll, spokesman for the City of Wilsonville. Coffee, tea and water are “always available,” he said. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lake Grove Presbyterian Church at 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Grove has water and ice tea available. Pets are allowed but restricted to shady area outside. Operating hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Damascus Community Church at 14251 S.E. Rust Way in Damascus will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Water is available and pets are allowed in carriers. This facility is handicap accessible.
  • Lower Highland Bible Church at 24333 S. Ridge Road in Beavercreek will be open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Eagle Creek Fire Station at 32200 S.E. Judd Road in Eagle Creek will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 505 “G” Ave. in Lake Oswego will serve as a cooling center from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on week days, and after hours and on the weekend by calling (503) 635-3758. Staff will open the Center for as long as needed.
  • Sandy Community/Senior Center at 38348 Pioneer Blvd. in Sandy will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Handicapped accessible.
  • Oswego Place Assisted Living, 17450 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego; open Wednesday through Sunday as cooling center.

Washington County:

In the City of Hillsboro there are several cooling centers open for residents, including:

  • Tyson Recreation Center, 1880 N.E. Griffin Oaks St. in Hillsboro will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Monday through Friday.
  • Hillsboro Senior Center,   750 S.E. Eighth Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 Brookwood Parkway, will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
  • Shute Park Branch Library, 775 S.E. 10th Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
  • West Police Precinct, 250 S.E. 10th Ave., will serve as a cooling station from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday

The following Hillsboro churches also will be open this week for those needing a respite from the heat:

  • Sonrise Church, 6701 N.E. Campus Drive, open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
  • Westport Church, 20085 N.W. Tanasbourne Drive, open from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at the Hillsboro cooling centers specifically. For recorded location and hour information for Hillsboro cooling stations call (503) 681-5295.

Assisted living center opens its doors as cooling center through Sunday:

  • Beaverton Hills Assisted Living, 4425 S.W. 99th Ave., Beaverton
  • Riverwood Assisted Living, 18321 S.W. Pacific Highway, Tualatin

Columbia County:

  • Warren Community Fellowship Church at 56253 Columbia River Highway, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Call Columbia River Fire and Rescue at (503) 397-2990 for more information.

Marion County:

  • Silverton Hospital has set up two cooling center sites: one at the Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water Street, and one at Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 Industry Way. Both are open 10 a.m. to dusk starting Thursday.

Free Tax Preparation and Financial Health Services through CASH Oregon

CASH Oregon is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to improving the financial health of working individuals and families. We provide free tax preparation for Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide. CASH Oregon seeks to help low-income families and individuals in the tri-county area from every community and background. Through aggressive Earned Income Tax Credit outreach and free tax preparation with AARP Tax-Aide and financial advocacy, we provide families and individuals with the tools and resources to begin building solid financial futures.

Via 211

Portland Aspergers Network Presents GAME CLUB

Portland Aspergers Network Presents GAME CLUB

Game Club
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, February 12, 2010
West Linn Lutheran Church
20390 Willamette Drive
West Linn, Oregon
directions »

Imagine an HFA teenager helping a younger child win a certain level on a video game. Imagine two children, who normally wouldn’t want to socialize, excitedly exchanging GameBoy tips.

Parents of children who have not succeeded in organized sports or other activities before find this is one arena where their children shine. Even a child who chooses to simply side play with the other children is still having fun! The kids enjoy the games and the potluck food, and the adults find friendships and understanding while sharing information about their children with one another

Happy birthday, Game Club!

Game Club is 10 years old! Join us this friday (February 12) for our birthday celebration. Along with the usual pizza, video games, and other fun, we will have two cakes (one will be gluten free), a group photo, and a visit from independent filmmaker Jeff Grinta, who will be filming a brief “promo video”. Meet us at the usual time place. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Cost: A donation of $8 per family is requested to offset monthly fees for use of the space.

Activities: Video games such as Wii, X-Box 360, Game Cube, Nintendo 64, Playstation, Supernintendo, SEGA and other favorites are projected on the walls using InFocus projectors (this is ultra cool!). Gameboy, Pokemon and Board Games are also available.

Thanks to Jonathan Chase for the tip.

Oregon Developmental Disabilities Services by County

Ever wondered what services are available beyond your own county? Check out the DD Coalition’s fact sheets on county services for more information.

Baker County
Benton County
Clackamas County
Clatsop County
Columbia County
Coos County
Crook County
Curry County
Deschutes County
Douglas County
Grant County
Harney County
Jackson County
Jefferson County
Josephine County
Klamath County
Lake County
Lane County
Lincoln County
Linn County
Malheur County
Marion County
Mid-Columbia: Hood River, Wasco, Sherman Counties
Morrow, Wheeler, Gilliam Counties
Multnomah County
Polk County
Tillamook County
Umatilla County
Union County
Wallowa County
Washington County
Yamhill County

Clackamas County Transportation Option

Transportation Reaching People (TRP) serves older people and people with disabilities needing transportation to medical appointments, personal business, social services appointments, and shopping.

Volunteer drivers provide door-to-door transportation using their own vehicles.

TRP has a van for riders needing wheelchair accessibility.

Clackamas County rural residents who are not older or disabled can access transportation.

Support to volunteers includes:

  • Defensive driver training
  • Mobility awareness training
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Mileage Reimbursement
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Follow-ups

Travel Trainer
Travel Trainers teach low-income and disabled citizens of Clackamas County how to use public transportation to obtain and retain employment. Training is provided for volunteers who want to teach Travel Training.

Catch A Ride:
This is a dial-a-ride service and is scheduled first-come first-serve. This service primarily provides rides to housing authority residents, who need transportation to employment related services and school.
If interested in volunteering call :

Call Sandy Yeaman (503)655-8604.
To schedule a ride call (503)655-8208.
To schedule a wheelchair ride 503-655-8856.
TRP is located at 2057 Kaen Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045

2009 Metro Area Brokerage Resource Fair Vendors

DSC02063Last Friday, the metro area brokerages (Independence Northwest, Inclusion, Mentor Oregon and The Arc Brokerage Services) held the 2009 Resource Fair. The fair was an enormous success. We’re still tallying the attendee count, but it will likely surpass 400! Special thanks to all the vendors who came and presented their resources to metro area brokerage customers. You can check out their services below.


Autism Society of Oregon

Bridges to Independence

Child Development and Rehab Center

DePaul Industries

Disability Accomodation Registry and Safety Zone

Disability Compass

Disability Rights Oregon Work Incentives Program

Disabilty Rights Oregon Help America Vote Act Project


Edwards Center

Families Supporting Independent LivingGenerations X and Y

Good Shepherd Communities

Goodwill Industries

Happy Trails Riding Center

Independent Police Review

Making Magic Tours

Mentored Learning

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services

NAMI  Multnomah

Off The Couch Activity Night

On the Move

Oregon Office on Disability and Health


Port City/Project Grow

Portland Community College, Culinary Assistant Program

Quiet Waters Outreach



Self Advocates As Leaders

Special Olympics Oregon

The Companion Program/Adventures Without Limits

TNT Management Resources

Trips Inc

*NOTE: Not all vendors listed above provide services that can be paid for through Support Services funding. Some are natural resources and others are available through private pay.  Check with your Personal Agent if you have questions.

REMINDER :: Metro Area Brokerage Resource Fair This Friday

resourcethumb1Independence Northwest is partnering with the three other Portland metro area brokerages, Mentor Oregon, Inclusion Inc. and The Arc Brokerage Services to bring you the 2009 Metro Area Resource Fair. There will be barbecue food, games and most importantly vendors and resources for you and your family to check out. This is a great opportunity to meet other community members and expand your knowledge of the local DD community and its resources.

A mailer has gone out to all customers of the four brokerages hosting this event.

Resource Fair Time 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Town Hall – 3704 N. Interstate Ave, Portland
BBQ Time: 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Overlook Park (directly across the street)

Independence Northwest Demographics

Some quick stats on Independence Northwest’s current customer base. Independence Northwest serves 450 adults with disabilities across Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

Multnomah – 61% of our customer base
Clackamas – 23% of our customer base
Washington – 16% of our customer base

  • 65% of our customer base is under the age of 30
  • 35% of our customers are between 18 and 21
  • 57% of our customers are male; 43% are female
  • Over 20% of our customers fall on the Autism Spectrum
  • 6% of our customers experience Down Syndrome; another 6% experience Cerebral Palsy;
  • 5% of our customers experience Epilepsy; another 5% experience FAS or Drug-Affected Disorders
  • 7% of our customers are exclusively non-English speaking