Portland, October 9th, 2014 . Over three hundred supporters gathered at the Multnomah Athletic Club to celebrate the work of the Edwards Center at Families Sharing Journeys, presented by US Bank. Edwards Center founder Jean Edwards, Reser’s Fine Foods Board Chairman Pat Reser, and The Honorable Barbara Roberts, Former Governor of Oregon discussed how the Edwards Center helps adults with developmental disabilities.
The luncheon event featured the Honorable Barbara Roberts, Former Governor of Oregon, as keynote speaker. Former Governor Roberts shared the story of her long struggle to find opportunities for her son Mike, who was born with autism. After many years of lobbying for the rights of children with special needs, her efforts resulted in Oregon guaranteeing equal access to public education for children with disabilities in 1971. Fighting for her son’s rights led her to begin a long career in public service culminating with her becoming the first female Governor of Oregon in 1990.
Guests also heard from Kas Anderson, an Edwards Center Board Member and sister of an Edwards Center resident. Kas described how Edwards Center transformed her family’s life by caring for her brother John for 30 years. A special appeal was conducted by Johnna Wells from Benefit Auctions 360 which raised $150,000 to support Edwards Center’s work. Families Sharing Journeys was produced with additional support from: Vernier Software and Technology, ZRT Laboratory, Bonita Pioneer, the Milt Lampros Family, Pacific Office Automation, MassMutual Financial Group, Brown and Brown Northwest, and Anthro Corporation.
From Edwards Center:
Edwards Center began as a day program serving 6 individuals and in 1975 opened Washington County’s first group home housing developmentally disabled adults in the community. Today they provide homes, jobs, and recreational opportunities in 18 locations serving over 300 Oregonians with disabilities in Washington and Clackamas Counties. Edwards Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them reach their highest potential through training, education, employment, housing and social opportunities in safe, healthy and stimulating environments. http://www.edwardscenter.org/