Past Newsletters

Fall 2019

Published October 14th, 2019 in Past Newsletters

Midstep Complex

Midstep Renovation Project!

This project made its debut in last quarters newsletter but to say the least, it has been a huge undertaking than we originally thought it would be. The Midstep multi-unit complex is part of our Residential Supported Living Program. This program offers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the choice to live independently in their community. This complex has 9 units that are in need of major repairs, including but not limited to rezoning permits, roofing, heating and AC units, paint, floors, appliances, and much more. We need a total of $166,750 to renovate this complex and bring it up-to-code. This is a 2-3 year project and so far we have raised a total of $21,200 and another $16,100 with in-kind product donations. YOU can join other community members and business partners by donating to this project today!

Want more details? To learn more about this project please contact Tiffany Schmelzer, Development Director 541-237-3021 or DONATE.

The Computer Store Corner!

Product of the Season

Shop or Donate to Southern Oregon Aspire’s Computer Store. Located at 1475 NE 7th St. Grants Pass. We have the best deals in town! Our inventory changes daily. Come check out this seasons featured product….Laptops! Questions? Call 541-237-3045

Wish List – Attention Community Members!

Some of our residential houses have developed a wish list of items needed for the home and for the supported individuals. If you have extra items that you can spare and would like to donate them please contact us at 541-237-3021 or email

Kroner House Wishes

  • 3 New Bed Pillows
  • New Cushions for Patio Furniture

Mauer House Wishes

  • Rec Room Games– All kinds!

Message from our Interim CEO, Sarah Collins

As Fall comes, the colors around us change to beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow; the last of the harvests come and most of the world’s Thanksgiving holidays take place. It is a time to be thankful for what we have experienced throughout the year and begin to wind down and prepare for next year. Change and transformation fill the air as leaves switch their colors, the red and orange foliage is there to remind us that change can be scary, but it is also a beautiful thing. Autumn is the perfect time to reflect and embrace change. As the Greek philosopher Heracli-tus once said, “The only constant is change.” Fall reminds us to focus on the impermanence of life, emphasizing how vital it is to embrace the present. This is also true for Southern Oregon Aspire. The closure of our sheltered workshop was difficult and to some quite sad; but necessary to pave the way for competitive integrated community employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Legislative lobbying for higher DSP wages; resulting in a successful 4% increase in rates, which helps us fund the 2018 wage increase. Change in leadership, although a transition for all, presented opportunities for teamwork and comradery. Throughout this all, we have risen to each challenge with veracity and integrity, never faltering to pursue our unwavering dedication; to enrich the lives of the people we support. In the face of change, which always presents challenges, it is imperative to remember that each day is an opportunity to assist others in achieving their dreams, desires and goals. Changes come and go but what remains constant is the people we support and our mission—to help individuals create the life they choose. This is what we continue to focus on at Southern Oregon Aspire. That will never change!