Past Newsletters

Summer 2019

Published August 9th, 2019 in Past Newsletters

Midstep Complex

Southern Oregon Aspire Needs YOUR help!

We are currently in the middle of major renovation projects for our residential homes and multi-unit complex, Midstep. Aspire received a $20,000 grant award from the Four Way Foundation for part of the Midstep renovations but additional funding is needed to finish these projects before the year is over. We invite YOU to make a difference and help more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We need to raise additional $35,000 to complete our renovation needs for 2019. Give a gift today and create unlimited opportunities for people to Work, Live and Thrive in the community.

Renovation Projects for 2019

$20,000 – To replace the worn and unsafe fence at the multi-unit complex, Midstep (this complex is part of our Supported Living Program, for individuals who want to live independently in the community). Currently 25 individuals are in this program.

$10,000 – To create a safe and useful backyard for the residents at our Birch home. Currently 2 individuals are living in this home.

$5,000 – To build a new deck for the residents at our RJ home. Currently 3 individuals are living in this home.

Midstep Renovation Project 2019

Become A Heart

Here at Southern Oregon Aspire our donors are the heart of the organization. Consider joining these projects and become a heart today! If every person that receives this newsletter donated $25, Aspire would reach it’s goal!

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Wish List

Attention community members!

If you have any items from this list that you would love to donate to our individuals please contact us at:

541-237-3021 or email us

Kroner House Wishes

  • 3 New Bed Pillows
  • New Cushions for Patio Furniture
  • Mauer House Wishes
  • Rec Room Games– All kinds!

Now Hiring

Southern Oregon Aspire is seeking passionate, high performing individuals that love making a difference in their community. Come join our team and learn what it takes to truly make a difference in someone’s life.

Positions Available

  • 2 Residential House Managers
  • Employment Coordinator
  • Full and Part Time Direct Support Professionals

Learn More/Apply

Message from our CEO, Deb Saunders

It was hot in the Day Supports room as 17 people swayed and jumped, shook their booties and raised their arms. We were dancing!

This was our first rehearsal for the dance we would be performing at the Boatnik parade. It had been a few years since I had danced (or worked up a sweat like this!) but I was motivated by the eagerness and exhilaration on the faces of the supported individuals surrounding me. As we danced to Justin Timberlake, I was struck with the notion of how similar we all were. We were using our bodies in joyful expression, we were having fun and in turn, we motivated each other. How often do we spend our days looking at our differences? How different would our lives be if instead we looked to find commonality?

Two weeks later, we lined up behind our float at the Boatnik parade. We had over 25 dancers- some with disabilities, some without; some were nearing retirement age and others were children. We had even more marching behind us- picking up the beat as our procession started out on 6th street. We were planning to only perform the actual dance once in front of the judges. But, without a word of agreement passing to one another, we ended up dancing the whole route of the parade.

For that hour we were all the same- we were all fabulous dancers!

The Computer Store’s Customer Appreciation Day!

Thank you to our loyal customers of The Computer Store, we want to thank you all properly by providing a Customer Appreciation Day just for you!
New customers are always welcome to join in on the activities and the sales!

When: Saturday August 3rd
Time: 9am-5pm (Free Ice Cream for each customer and take a free spin on our prize wheel).
Where: 1475 NE 7th Street, Grants Pass

We are offering a special 20% off everything in store all week long!! July 30th- Aug. 3rd. No coupon needed.
Questions? Call 541-237-3045 or email

Featured Business Partner

PGP Paints logo
As summer is already upon us, homeowners everywhere start to see the chipped and faded paint on their house. Thankfully, right here in Southern Oregon and in multiple cities across the US we have PPG Paints for all your painting needs. Southern Oregon Aspire wants to give thanks to this amazing partner for not only donating all the paint to our Boatnik floats for the last 2 years but they donated to our residential houses, our multi-unit complex, Midstep and they helped sponsor The Computer Store. We are grateful for the donations and sponsorships this company has contributed to its community. If you have a painting project this summer, visit PPG Paints. They have professional staff that is knowledgeable and friendly. They can match any color you bring in and deliver to any job site. Take advantage of their special offers for 30% off Stains and 40% off all exterior paint when you set up a cash account. Once again, THANK YOU PPG Paints for your partnership and making a difference in the lives of those we serve.