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Region 5 (Willamette Valley) Support Groups

region_5.jpgASO Region 5

Serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties

Chapter Representatives:

Cassidy Weisz                  (971) 237-7013    (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.

Support Groups & Activities:


ASO Sponsored Support Groups:

New! Yamhill Family Connections (McMinnville): meets 2nd Wednesday of the month. Note: Odd-numbered months meets 6pm-8pm; Even-numbered months 10am-Noon. Located at the McMinnville Community Center - Room 201, 600 NE Evans St #201, McMinnville. (No on-site child care). Contact or 971-267-3YFC (3932). Co-sponsored by Creating Opportunities.

Special Parents Special Needs (Stayton) - meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Foothills Church, room 210, 975 Fern Ridge Rd. Stayton, OR, 97383. FREE Childcare will be provided. Please bring your children with you! Call Heidi P. at (503) 769-7831 with questions or concerns.

Other Support Groups and Activites:

Autism Game Club - Salem:  4th Friday of most months from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. 3737 Liberty Road South, Salem 97302 - Westminster Presbyterian Church. Facilitator: Lissa Funk. If you would like to join this group, please send a message to  

Community Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs: You are not alone. Connect with other parents, share support, and get helpful information and resources. The Gathering Place, 1880 45th Ave. NE, Salem. First Thursday of every Month, 12:30-2:00 pm. Contact Esmeralda Rios (503) 989-1015. Snacks, interpreting services and child care available

DevelopMental Disabilities Action Group - 2nd Thursday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Salem Health CHEC (Building D), 939 Oak St. SE, Salem. Cori Mielke

Families Flourishing Together - 3rd Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Broadway Coffee, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem. Rebecca Hill  Facebook: Families Flourishing Together

Moms of Hope (Salem)- meets Thursdays from 9:15 - 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 503-856-1044 or click here to email.

Parent Connections - 1st Tuesday, 10:00 -12:00. Broadway Coffee, 1300 Broadway St., NE, Salem. Jenny Carpenter


Salem Special Needs ASD/SPD Support Group Parents and families with special needs often feel disconnected and alone. Come and connect, vent, make friends and meet other parents with the same challenges you are experiencing. Members are encouraged to meet in person as desired, but this is an online meeting space for now. Join us on Facebook:

Yamhill County Group for Parents/Caregivers of Special Needs ChildrenThis group is for Parents/Caregivers of special needs children. Anyone can see the group and who's in it. Only members see posts. On Facebook at:




For families in Washington and Swegle School areas. Meets on the 4th Thursday of every month at 11:30 am at Washington Elementary, 3165 Lansing Avenue NE, Salem, OR 97301.  Call Maria L to sign up at 503-551-6548. Sponsored by Creating Opportunities and several partner organizations. 

"Familias Empoderamiento" Grupo de Apoyo para Padres de familas con necesidades especiales Reunion mensual en Salem. Se reune todos los segundos jueves de cada mes. Hora: 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Lugar: Centro de Adoracion Apostolico, 1175 Lewis Street SE, Salem, OR 97302, 503-365-9689. Conozca a nuestras organizaciones y otras familas que estan viviendo con autismo donde compartiremos ideas y experiencias que podran ayudarle con el bienestar de su ninos con autismo nuestras reuniones son para familas solamente. Costo: GRATIS! ~ Se proporcionara atencion y aperitivos nino GRATIS ~ Registro solicito, por lo que puede planificar suficiente comida. Si usted necesita cuidado de ninos, se requiere el registro para que podamos proveedores de cuidado infantil suficientes. Para inscribiris, y mas informacion Por favor pongases en contacto a estos telefono Con Erendira en Espanol 971-701-8663, Con Feliciano en English 503-409-9560 o por correo electronico

Salem: Grupo Comunidad para Padres de Niños con Necesidades Especiales. Usted no esta solo. Conectese con otros padres de ninos con necesidades especiales, el apoyo de uno al otro, y obtener informacion y recursos. La Placita, 1880 45th Avenue NE, Salem. Primer jueves de cada mes 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Pongase en contacto con Esmeralda Riso 503-989-1015. Habra cuidado de ninos, se proporcionaran refigerios y servicios de interpretacion. 


Activity Night (Dallas): The Arc of Polk County hosts a free activity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their providers and family to come gather and have fun playing board games, crafts, movies, whatever you'd like. Bring a snack to share, and we'll provide the beverages. 2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. VFW Room (to the left of the gym) The Polk County Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas, OR 97338. Call Ruth (541) 223-3261 or email: .

Creating Opportunities Parent Dinner Meeting (Dallas): 3rd Friday at 5:00 pm at Walnut Plaza, 124 SW Walnut Avenue, Dallas. Call Cheryl Cisneros 503-559-0424 or email:  

Dance and Karaoke Night (Dallas): The Arc of Polk County presents an evening of music and dancing for teens and adults with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 2nd & 4th Fridays of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. Polk County Academy Building Gym, 182 SW Academy Street, Dallas, OR. Admission: $3.00 (Staff, parents and providers free).

Free Playgroup - Dallas: 3rd Tuesday of every month 10:00-11:30 am, Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Suite 216 ; Falls City: 2nd & 4th Friday during the produce distribution at Mountain Gospel Fellowship, 257 N Main St; Independence: 3rd Friday of every month, 10:00-11:30, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1275 E. St in the Mobile home in the parking lot; Grand Ronde: 1st Thursday of every month, 10:00-11:30, Community Service Center, 9615 Grand Ronde Rd. For more information, call Sara (503) 877-8473

Open Swim Time (Dallas) at Dallas Aquatic Center for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities of any age or group affiliation. Every Wednesday from 4:15 - 5:15 pm. $3.50 for the individual and NO CHARGE for their care provider. (A lifeguard will be on duty, but individuals are required to have supervision if necessary).

Parent Coffee (Dallas) - 3rd Monday, 10:00-11:30, Pressed Coffeehouse, 788 Main St. Cheryl Cisneros, (503) 559-0424. Facebook: Creating Opportunities

Respite Care (Dallas): 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, 1:00-3:00 pm, 182 SW Academy St., Suite 216, Dallas. Free.  Ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Call to reserve a spot (503) 877-8473 or (503) 623-9664 ext. 2140.


Yamhill Family Connections- meets Second Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in Even-Numbered Months, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Odd-Numbered Months, McMinnville Community Center, Room 201, 600 NE Evans Street, McMinnville. See, , or 971-267-3YFC. A place for family and friends to come together and support each other and our children with additional needs.


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