Past Newsletters

Spring 2019

Published April 17th, 2019 in Past Newsletters

Employment Services Myth Busters

Myth – Supported individuals are looking for a 25-40 hr./week job

Fact – Many of our people are looking for limited hours, some as low as 8-10 hours a week. This could be a few hours a day, a couple of days a week.

Myth – I don’t currently have an open position

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Fact – By taking advantage of our offer for a workplace assessment, you can learn how to reallocate mundane or repetitive tasks from your highly skilled workforce into a limited part time job for an individual, therefore creating more workplace efficiency for all workers.

Myth – Accommodations are too difficult or ex-pensive to put in place. I don’t have the time, knowledge, or money to do this.

Fact – Workplace accommodations can be as simple as changing the screen resolution on a computer to be a larger font for someone who is visually impaired, or allowing a job coach (paid for by Aspire) to be with your new employee while they learn the tasks of their new job. Most accommodations are not costly or difficult to implement. We are your trusted adviser to help you navigate the accommodation process.

Myth – I am not prepared or knowledgeable in the different disabilities to know how to support them at work. What happens if XYZ happens?

Fact – As an employer, you do not have to know every-thing about someone’s disability to employ them. Most people manage their own day to day care and can advocate for what they may need, just like any other employee. If there are necessary items for you to know, this will be shared with you.

Approximately 20% of people in Josephine County live with a disability. If your workforce is an actual representation of the current diversity in Josephine county, 2 of every 10 of your employees would fall into this category. If you are looking to diversify your workplace, we can help!

If you have a job to fill, or just have questions about the program, call Kimberly

Cacho, Business Relations Manager at 541-237-3012 or email

Message from our CEO, Deb Saunders

Deb SaundersSpring is around the corner (as I write this looking out over the snow-capped mountains!). With spring comes new life and new

challenges. I love the story below because it speaks to our individual efforts and the need to push forward- even if we are doing it alone.

In a rural area a farmer was tending to his horse named Buddy, and along came a stranger who desperately needed the farmer’s help. The stranger had lost control of his vehicle and ran it off into a ditch. The stranger asked the farmer if his horse could somehow pull the vehicle out of the ditch for him and told the farmer that the vehicle was small. The farmer said he would come, bring his horse, and take a look, but could not promise he could help if his horse might be injured in some way from attempting to pull the vehicle out of the ditch. The farmer did see that the stranger was correct and that the vehicle was small, so the farmer took a rope and fixed it so that his horse, Buddy, would be able to pull the vehicle out of the ditch. The farmer then said, “Pull, Casey, Pull,” but the horse would not budge. The farmer then said, “Pull, Bailey, Pull,” but the horse would not budge again. The farmer then said, “Pull, Mandy, Pull,” and again the horse would not move. The farmer then said, “Pull, Buddy, Pull,” and the horse pulled until the vehicle was out of the ditch. The stranger was so very grateful, but asked the farmer why he called the horse by different names? The farmer said, “Buddy is blind, and I had to make him think he had help pulling the car out of the ditch or he would not have pulled.”

Lesson: Don’t wait on others in order to accomplish something or you may always be in a ditch. Sometimes we won’t attempt to do something if we know we don’t have help.

Now Open!

Southern Oregon Aspire staff, Board and community members celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Computer Store. It was a great success with many in attendance and even a special news story done with News watch 12! Thank you to all those who attended our events throughout the day. Special shout-out to our Computer Store Sponsors, No Frills Flooring, PPG Paint Store & Visual EFX Signs! Also a huge thank you to the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce for presenting the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Everything But The food truck for providing lunch. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our new store, stop on by! We are open Tues-Fri 10am-6pm and Saturdays 9am-5pm. 1475 NE 7th Street in Grants Pass. Call us for any questions on product, donations and much more 541-237-3045.

Upcoming Events

If you are interested in receiving a formal invite or would like to reserve your spot at the luncheon please contact Tiffany Schmelzer, Development Director at 541-237-3021 or email

Program is an hour long and contains:

  • Messages from Aspires CEO and Board President
  • Family Testimonial
  • Mission Video
  • Story by a supported individual


Featured Business Partner

All of us here at Southern Oregon Aspire would like to highlight KDRV News 12 as our featured business partner. They have been amazing in sponsoring events, filming our commercials and even spreading the word of Aspire with news stories! Thank you KDRV for everything you have done and continue to do in 2019!

Now Hiring!

Southern Oregon Aspire is seeking passionate, high performing individuals that love making a
difference in their community. We are hiring for 2 full time Direct Support Professional positions and part time sub-positions that help out with vacation coverage and sick days! Come join our team and learn what it takes to truly make a difference in someone’s life. Now starting at $13 an hour
To learn more or to apply click here.

Do you need help getting your lawn or business ready for spring?

Hire Southern Oregon Aspire today! We specialize in residential and commercial Landscaping and Janitorial contracts. No job is too big or too small. For more details or to get a quote contact us at 541-237-3020