NWDSA Resourcefulness Center Location
11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
Portland, OR 97220
Weekly drop-in hours: Every Thursday, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Join ABI/NWDSA Staff Members to explore our resources and get to know other parents. Discuss your IEP challenges with Michael Bailey, former attorney and disability advocate, and Carrie Hutchinson, Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort graduate and parent.
The Resourcefulness Center is your center! There are resources, a small lending library and file cabinets full of great handouts we have collected. Take a minute to get online, play with learning software or borrow the laminator to finish up a project. Feel free to arrange to meet a friend, bring your baby or just come in on your own and connect with us! Enjoy tea and cookies and a chance to share stories and ideas.
Located in the Administration Building of the Multnomah Education Service District.
If you want to stop by at a time other than these hours, please call first to make sure we are in the office: (503) 238-0522
Thanks to an enduring relationship with MESD we have access to larger meeting spaces in the building, and are able to host trainings, meetings and social events here as well. The space is available for parents and other community members to host their own meetings, and there is an area for children to play for those who have children in tow when they drop in.
We frequently host meetings with partners and collaborators, and we have worked hard to create a culture where all visitors to our center feel at home, in a space where we do quality work as a community. There is always a teakettle at the ready, and we are never without chocolate and time to sit and connect. Drop-in for a visit sometime!
Story of the NWDSA Resourcefulness Center
The NWDSA was founded by and for parents, and like many other small non-profits, our early years saw incredible work and creativity coming out of work sessions around dining room tables across the Portland Metro area. When we moved into our first Resourcefulness Center in the summer of 2007, Board members dug through basements and closets to bring out file boxes full of the history of the New Parent Guide, Open Arms Playgroup, the Reciprocal Learning Community, the All Born “In” conference and many Buddy Walks and family socials past.
Our first Center was in a storefront on NE Glisan Street, and many hours were put into building a homey, comfortable and welcoming space in that location. We worked there for about three years, until in 2010 former MESD Superintendent Ron Hitchcock welcomed us into the MESD administration building in Northeast Portland. We have been there ever since, and this space has given us an incredible place to grow our work over the past three years. For more on the history of the Resourcefulness Center, please read the articles below.