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Stories of Hope

Beth Enos

Beth Enos

Beth Enos sat in her cabin praying about what to do. Her prayers sounded something like this: “God, why are you doing this to me? This is not my problem. […]

Edith

Edith Dawson

When she gave birth to her twin sons, Doug and David, Edith Dawson noted no remarkable differences between them.  In the days ahead, however, she would learn that David had […]

Jackie Walsh

Jackie Walsh

When Mickey Finn died on February 9, 2011, he had no family to claim him. But thanks to the love of one very special Edwards Center volunteer, that’s not where […]

Dori and Merle Wolfer

Merle Wolfer

Dori Wolfer’s father, Merle Wolfer, is a reluctant Vox representative. “I’m more comfortable working behind the scenes than I am leading the charge,” admits the soft-spoken retiree who never misses […]

Frances Santoro

Frances Santoro

Much has changed in the Edwards Center vocational world since Frances Santoro entered it in the summer of 1977 to fulfill a field placement assignment during her final undergraduate term […]

Candy's Story

Candy Freeman

Candy was the first Edwards Center client to live in one of our group homes, and she’s still working and living here today – providing endless inspiration and hope to […]

Ron

Ron Lavelle

Edwards Center is built on the prospect of embracing each client’s unique situation and finding the right solution. And few stories demonstrate that better than Ron’s. Developmentally disabled from birth, […]

Judy Powell

Judy Powell

As a first-time mother at age 22, Judy Powell had no clue about the special challenges that lay ahead. With no frame of reference, her beautiful red-haired baby Jodi was […]

Richard Goble

Richard Goble

Richard Goble’s story is an inspiration on many levels. It also demonstrates the stark difference between what might be considered the “traditional” supportive living program and those provided by Edwards […]

Providing a Lifetime of Hope.


Edwards Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

But that statement barely scratches the surface.

Our unwavering commitment is to provide those with developmental disabilities the chance to live, work and socialize as much like those without disabilities as possible – and to do so over the course of their lifetime.

Founded in 1972 by Dr. Jean Edwards and several families of children shunned by public schools, we originally served just six clients. Today, we provide homes, jobs and activities for more than 300. And we never stop finding new and better ways to enhance their lives.

We provide a range of housing options – single-family homes, duplexes and apartments – where adults with disabilities can live independently, all with 24-hour support for those who want or need it. For those who don’t, we offer daily check-in and support services as needed.

For our clients who are either retired or simply prefer not to work, our Day Centers provide safe, stimulating environments where they can socialize and create networks of new friends – in addition to enjoying things like pet and art therapy, as well as outings to local attractions.

Since we understand the value of helping individuals tap their productive potential, we also operate Edwards Enterprises – a business that provides packaging and assembly work for local businesses. We employ over 150 people in our two production sites – one in Beaverton and one in Milwaukie. What’s more, we also offer job coaching and training for those who wish to work on-site in their local communities.

At Edwards Center, we never lose sight of the privilege – and responsibility – inherent in the work we love. And our goal is to ensure that each and every client in our care feels that affection each and every day.