$225,000 in funding to expand opportunities for families, individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities on North Oregon Coast

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(Nehalem, OR) – Sammy’s Place is pleased to announce grant awards and contracts totaling $225,000 to provide needed supports and opportunities to families and individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (I/DD) in Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln counties. Sammy’s Place is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a future where disability is a natural part of our coastal life, where all people are valued for their uniqueness and can access what they need to fully participate within their community of choice. Located in Nehalem, OR, Sammy’s Place serves north coast communities in Clatsop, Tillamook, and Lincoln Counties. Sammy’s Place is working within the Oregon coastal region to assure everyone has what they need to live, grow and thrive. “That can look different person to person, but the dreams, goals, and outcomes are the same…a good, healthy, self-determined life as part of the community,” says board member founder, Kathy Jean Hrywnak. The $225,000 in grant and contract funds will bring opportunities for program development to provide better access to community, care attendant recruitment, peer provided resources and networking, housing, employment, and community education. These unique supports for the I/DD community have been historically lacking or underfunded on the Oregon Coast.

These initial capacity and planning funds come from a variety of sources and bring much needed help and resources to those traditionally left behind in rural regions. Sources include, the Oregon Dept. of Human Services, the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, The Collins Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation. The Sammy’s Place board of directors is pleased and grateful to work with these amazing organizations and looks forward to the exciting opportunities to come.

If you are a family member, care-giver or person who experiences IDD and would like to hear more about the work or connect with others that have similar experiences, please contact the COAAST Network at julie@oregoncoaast.org or join the COAAST Network group on Facebook.

If you are a family member of, or an adult with IDD, and would like to join our adult Meet ‘n Greet tour October 12-14, please contact us: julie@oregoncoaast.org We will be visioning the future of DD services.

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