NWDSA Resourcefulness Center Location
11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
Portland, OR 97220
Our Resourcefulness Center is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 503-238-0522. See below for specific drop in contact information.
LET'S STAY CONNECTED WITH A VIRTUAL "DROP IN"
Virtual Support Every Thursday, 12pm-2pm, through June 18, 2020
Special education is complicated; you don't have to go through it alone.
Inclusion -- Transition -- IEP goals -- Meeting preparation -- Spanish support available!
Please contact us to schedule a 30-45 minute appointment during this time or to make another appointment.
For support in English contact:
Jamie Burch, Projects and Community Coordinator, at email@example.com or leave message at 503-238-0522.
For support in Spanish contact:
Maria Rangel, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-262-4029.
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.
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!