Five Things You May Not Know About Partnerships in Community Living

by Gayle Gilham on August 6, 2018

in Featured Member


Continually evolving as an agency that is a person-centered provider of services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, this nonprofit is relentless in bringing dreams to life. Did you know…

  1. During the 80’s while attending Western Oregon State College and taking on part-time jobs that included facilities for those with developmental disabilities, two classmates, Zellee Allen and Joanne Fuhrman, began brainstorming how to create an agency that would give people with disabilities opportunities to voice their needs and wants. At the time, there seemed to be a general attitude toward those being cared for as “objects” and merely an employment opportunity for those around them. Allen and Fuhrman wanted to be a part of changing that perception.
  2. In 1986, the two proposed a state contract to care for residents of an area group home that was slated to close. Partnerships in Community Living (PCL) was born. At first it was rocky as they set out to establish a philosophy of the way they wanted to help people live – creating real, personalized homes, not mini-institutional “group” homes.
  3. PCL’s underlying goal was allowing people to express what they wanted or how they wanted to live. Most had challenges such as basic driving to a grocery store, while others didn’t like their living situations. So first, PCL arranged a transportation service for people, and was one of the earliest agencies in the state to do a “paid neighbor” service in which employees would live near those they supported and provided weekly support. Twenty-four-hour service followed, as did businesses in Monmouth, Independence and Dallas, where people could receive training and a job placement program.
  4. Today, PCL offers a large variety of services for people with developmental disabilities through the development of a person-centered individual support plan (ISP) and LifeCourse Trajectory. An ISP details the support needs, activities and resources that are important to each person’s unique preferences. The LifeCourse Trajectory process further identifies a person’s goals and dreams and plots it along a timeline that helps the person and their support team achieve those goals in real time.
  5. The organization currently serves seven counties (Polk, Marion, Linn-Benton, Yamhill, Lane, Josephine and Jackson) with over 350 clients and 750 employees.

Cascade is proud to feature PCL, an organization with the mission to expand the horizons and enhance the quality of life for the people they support.

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