Past Newsletters

4th Quarter 2018

Published January 4th, 2019 in Past Newsletters


Southern Oregon Aspire Services

Happy Holidays!

Our Services

Residential – We currently support 42 people in 10 residential homes with-in our community. Most of our residential homes are staffed 24 hrs. Supported Living- We have 27 individuals living independently in the community. This program offers them support in budgeting, medical appointments, nutrition, shopping, etc. Community Inclusion Day Supports- Every week 45 individuals are supported in community activities throughout Southern Oregon. Activities can vary from attending a movie, swimming at the lake, attending a painting class and so much more.

Social Enterprise and Vocational Job Training – Through our social enterprise we offer commercial contracts in janitorial and landscaping services. We also have our Computer Store and E cycle program. The Computer Store is open to the public and donations are always welcome for E cycle. The main focus for these services is to offer vocational job training to 86 individuals. Behavior Supports- Our Behavior Consultation team can help individuals, families and the support staff understand what it takes to help individuals thrive in our community. This department works with both adults and children.

Employment Services – We offer individualized recruitment, training, placement and oversight to many individuals who work in the community. Our program offers support to both the employee and employer to assure a good job match and maximize the opportunity for success.


E-Cycle and Document Shredding have moved!

Now open! Southern Oregon Aspire has relocated our electronics recycling and document shredding businesses to 1222 Redwood Avenue here in Grants Pass. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Contact us today 541-237-3005.


Message from our CEO, Deb Saunders

whaleA female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. This is her story of giving gratitude.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her…. a very dangerous proposition. One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

May you be so fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you and may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. To all of our friends, supporters, and donors, from our whole team, we want to wish you and your family a healthy and Happy Holiday Season! We have much to be thankful for and your support means the world to us. You make a difference every day in the lives of the people we support and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Deb Saunders

I hope you enjoy this wonderful story of gratitude.

2018 Winter Newsletter– 4th Quarter
E-Cycle and Document
Shredding have moved!


The Shared Table Culinary Series

Launching Feb. 2019 our Culinary Series is coming to the Rogue Valley! Individuals or businesses host a fundraising event on behalf of Southern Oregon Aspire. Proceeds are donated to our mission programs. Events are usually centered around amazing food, entertainment, and fun people.

Committee members and hosts are always needed. If interested in hosting an event or joining our committee please contact Tiffany Schmelzer, Development Director at 541-237-3021 or email tschmelzer@soaspire.org. Tickets will be on sale soon! Keep a look out for more details by liking us on Facebook or visiting our website.


Grand Opening Event

Feb. 20th, 2019

Come Visit our new Computer Store, 1475 NE 7th Street, Grants Pass, 97526

This is an all-day celebration, join us first thing in the morning at 7:45am for Greeters. Followed by Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, presented by the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce.
12pm-2pm- BBQ & Raffle

5pm-6pm- Private Open House for our Community Partners


Featured Business Partner

Southern Oregon SanitationThe Holiday Season is not just about giving but appreciating those who give and support you. Aspire would like to give a special shout-out to Southern Oregon Sanitation. They have been donors, employers and great advocates for our organization. Thank you, SOS for the wonderful partnership.


Featured Success Story

featured success storyIt truly is a wonderful time here at Southern Oregon Aspire with the opening of a new house for our Residential Services. On November 2nd, three of our supported individuals experienced moving day! This house is designed around Dementia and individuals who are needing higher supports due to the natural aging process. The home is run with 24-hour support. We want to extend a huge thank you to Garrison’s Home for providing their Design Team to decorate this house and for a discount on the furniture. Not only do the residents feel at home in this beautiful new house but the staff is grateful for the support of our community partners. Thank you Garrison’s Home!

garrison home