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  • Art
  • Cooking 
  • Crossroads Discussion (TBI) Group
  • Rent Well
  • VoiceOver User's Group
For class schedule see the Newsletter. If there is a class that you would like offered at ILR, contact us at 503-232-7411 or info@ilr.org and let us know. We are always open to new suggestions for classes.


ILR can answer many questions about housing for you. We can provide help with the following:
  • Advocacy and Education
  • Community "Tenants Rights and Responsibilities" Training
  • Fair Housing Amendments Act
  • Landlord/Tenant Mediation
  • Rent Well classes

Skills Instruction

At ILR we offer skills instruction, both individual and in small groups, which can help people with disabilities acquire skills to live more independently.

Examples of topics:
  • Anger management
  • Braille and Orientation & Mobility Instruction
  • Communication Skills
  • Household Management
  • Leisure/Recreation
  • Personal Safety
  • Pre-vocational Information
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Skills

Sports/Outdoor Recreation

For people with disabilities who are interested in sports or the outdoors please join us. We offer a variety of outings and activities. Please contact Patricia Kepler at 503-232-7411 or patricia@ilr.org if you are interested in learning more about our outdoor recreation program.

Volunteer Program

ILR's services are provided by both staff and volunteers. Volunteers are essential to the success of this organization. They enable us to provide services without exceeding our budget. Volunteers serve in many capacities at ILR, including the Board of Directors, skills training and teachers. Please contact May Altman may@ilr.org if you find interest in becoming an ILR volunteer.

Download Volunteer Application

STEPS Program

What is STEPS?

STEPS is an Oregon Home Care Commission program that promotes successful working relationships between consumer-employers and homecare workers. Since 2007, more than 2300 consumer-employers have participated in STEPS to learn about their rights and how to assume their responsibilities as employers. They have gained insight, information and ideas to help them make the most of in-home services.  Independent living Resources provides STEPS services to consumer’s that reside in Multnomah County and Clackamas County.

Who can participate?

STEPS is for individuals receiving in-home services through these programs:

Independent Living Resources service areas include, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, Columbia County, Clatsop County, and Tillamook County.

Designated Representatives, who are trusted friends or family members who assist with employer responsibilities and are welcome to participate with or in place of, consumer-employers.

What STEPS includes

  • Understanding your Service Plan and Task List
  • Creating job descriptions
  • Locating employees
  • Interviewing and completing reference checks
  • Selecting the best Homecare Worker for the job
  • Creating an Employment Agreement
  • Training, supervising and communicating effectively with employees
  • Ensuring that work is performed satisfactorily
  • Maintaining employment records
  • Scheduling and tracking authorized hours worked
  • Approving paid leave and unexpected absences
  • Recognizing, discussing and attempting to correct any employee performance deficiencies
  • Discharging unsatisfactory workers
  • Developing a backup plan for coverage of services
  • Making your home a safe place for you to live and your employee to work

How to get started

For more information please contact: Aimee Couture-  STEPS Program Coordinator at (503) 232-7411 or email aimeec@ILR.org or contact your case manager at aging and disability services to request a referral be made on your behalf.

WIN (Work Incentives Network)
When You Work, You WIN!

Thinking about work but concerned about benefits? The Work Incentives Network can help you create a plan for success!

WIN can help you understand how work will effect:
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Medical Benefits
  • Food Stamps
  • Housing Assistance
  • And More..

WIN can help you become part of a strong, skilled workforce.

Benefits + Working = Opportunity

When you use work incentives, you can be SURE that getting a job will be a good choice. WIN staff can travel to your area and help you figure out what work incentives to use, and how to use them.

To learn more about working and disability benefits, call us at 503-232-7411 or email win.refer@state.or.us or check out the web site Work Incentives Network. You can also call our partners on this project, Disability Rights Oregon, at 503-243-2081.

Click on the Donate button to donate via Paypal, or click here to go to our Support page to mail us donations!



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About ILR
Feb 13, 2005