Region 5 (Willamette Valley) Support Groups
Serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties
Cassidy Weisz (971) 237-7013 (Yamhill County)
Kathleen Allen-Howard (503) 267-8842 (Yamhill County)
If you have a question, comment, or concern that you'd like to share with your Region 5 Reps, please GIVE US A CALL or use the form at the bottom of this page to send us an email.
ASO Sponsored Support Groups:
Parent Support Group in Polk County, held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 Fir Villa Road, Dallas, OR 97338. To register, or for more information, contact Polk County Developmental Disability (DD) Services at 503-831-5969. (Sponsored by Autism Society of Oregon, Polk County DD Services & The Arc-Polk County).
Disability Support Group for Parents/Caregivers of Special Needs Children, meets the 2nd and LAST Wednesdays of every month at the McMinnville Community Center, from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm. "For families in or near Yamhill County, Oregon. Are you a parent/caregiver of a special needs child? Do you feel like you are the only one going through the difficulties of raising a special needs child? You are not alone! Come join our group and find out just how many people in the community are dealing with issues just like yours." For more information, contact Kathleen at (503) 267-8842 or click here for Facebook page.
Other Support Groups & Activities:
Adults with Asperger’s Support Group. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Faith Annex, Salem Alliance Church, 555 Gaines St. NE, Salem OR 97301. Share encouragement and “tools” for everyday life. For adults with Asperger’s and supportive family members. For more information, please contact Uli R. at (503) 362-1810 or click here to email.
Moms of Hope (Salem)- meets Thursdays from 9:15 am-11:00 am at Salem Alliance Church, 555 Gaines St NE, Salem, OR 97301. Meetings are held during the school year only, and are for mothers of any special needs child. For more information, contact Melody Swift at 503-836-1044 or click here to email.
Native American- Support Group for parents and caretakers of Special Needs Native American children, Nah Sikhs, Nesika and Grand Ronde. The groups meet at various times. For more informaiton, click here to send an email to Donna Lewis or call (503) 566-3093.
Parent Resource Group. Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Located at 2475 Lancaster Dr. NE Suite B-1 Salem, 97306. sponsored by the GEM Children's Foundation & the Swindells Resource Center. For more informaiton, contact Dee Tafolla at (503) 585-4262.
Special Blessings (Salem)- meets the 1st Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm at Salem Evangelical Church, 455 Locust St NE, Salem, OR on the 2nd floor of the Children's Center (park on 4th St, in the lot next to the main church building). "A faith-based community support group for parents of Special Needs Children of all ages and disabilities." Children are welcome and childcare is provided. For more information, contact Mandy Straus at 503-884-9597 or MandyStraus@aol.com
Support group for families with a child with ASD (up through 8th grade). Hosted by the HEART Institute, it will be held the 1st Wednesday of the month, from 7 - 8:30 pm. Child care can be provided upon request. For more information, please click here to contact Sarah Weber by email.
Kids and Teen Game Club, held on the last Friday of the month, from 6-9 pm, at the IKE Box- 299 Cottage St. NE Salem, OR 97301. For ages 6 -19. To register, or for more information, call Jamie at (503) 585-4292. $3 donation requested. (Co-sponsored by GEM Children's Foundation, IKE Box and Emerging Leaders Northwest.)
Sensory Integration Play Group, held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 9 am-12 noon, at the GEM Children's Center, 2475 Lancaster Dr. NE Bldg B. Suite 1, Salem, OR 97308. For children with special needs, ages 18 months to 5 years. For more information, contact Jamie Peterson at 503 585-4292 or click here to send an email. (Co-sponsored by the GEM Children's Foundation and the Swindells Resource Center.)
Contact Form Region 5
If you have a question, comment, or concern that you'd like to share with ASO Region 5 Reps, please use the form below to send us an e-mail. Or, contact individually by phone.