lifempowered's new Empowerment Center!
lifempowered is driven to become more integrated with our community and to provide the best services possible. To do this, we are finding innovative ways to partner with our neighbors, friends and families throughout Columbia County.
lifempowered envisions a county where all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have full access to their community and are viewed as valued and contributing members.
In an ongoing priority to be the leading resource for Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD) services in Columbia County, we need a fully accessible, appropriately designed space to serve more people with IDD. Our current building is aged, built as a warehouse for production, and not intended for its current uses. This new 10,000 SF Empowerment Center will replace our current facility and be fully accessible to individuals we serve and act as a community resource for those with IDD. This new Empowerment Center, at a project cost of $4.7 million, will provide independent skill building through self-advocacy meetings, educational activities and a teaching kitchen geared towards people with IDD as well as low-income families. This center will improve collaboration through strategic partnerships with the potential to provide job skill development that aligns with the intention to enhance the quality of life for those who visit, live and work in our community.
This new Empowerment Center will include:
Through an extensive process of market research and community outreach, we have garnered strong support from local officials in the city and county, community members and local businesses. We have been able to procure the land upon which the existing and future building will sit, addressing concerns about the feasibility of long term grant funding. An assessment of the current facility indicates the need for new construction as the most efficient and cost effective solution.
We look forward to discussing the project more with you. We would be more than happy to arrange a tour of the building site.
Front entrance, exterior of 105 Port Ave.
Interior of 105 Port Ave. In this image, drapes and lights have been added to soften the walls for a special event.
Chair - Carroll Sweet
Member - Holly Houston
Member - Tammy Lindahl
Member - Bill & Claudia Eagle
Executive Director - Cindy Stockton
Campaign Counsel - Westby Associates, Inc.
105 Port Avenue, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051, United States
09:00 am – 05:00 pm
The Chronicle Nonprofit Guide 2021 (see page 3)
Columbia County Spotlight 10-22
Business Guide 2022 (see page 17)
The Chronicle Nonprofit Guide 2022 (see page 5)
Wyden Secured Funding (see Metro section)
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission and vision for our new Empowerment Center!
If you, or someone you know, is one, we would love to talk to you.