Community Vision’s mission is to make Oregon a place where people with disabilities can live, work, and thrive in the communities of their choice.
About Community Vision
Community Vision takes a person-centered approach in providing quality supports tailored to the unique needs and wishes of each individual and family.
We work with natural support systems including an individual’s family, friends, and local community to build a network that provides the means for an individual to be a valued and contributing member of their community.
Our work is rooted in the belief that all people, regardless of perceived ability, deserve the freedom to make the basic choices that define their lives. We offer a variety of services to provide the tools for people to live as independently as possible, while pursuing their goals and dreams. These services include: Supported Living, Employment Services, Savings Plans & Financial Education, Community Engagement, Youth Mentorship & Family Education, and Assistive Technology Consultations & Training.
Community Vision was founded in 1989 by Joe Wykowski as a way to provide an independent, yet community-connected life for people with disabilities. CV provided an alternative to institutions like Fairview Training Center or congregate group living. Facilities like Fairview were prone to abuse, and isolation from family and community had a severe effect on emotional and social development.
CV began when Joe was contacted by the family of a man, Donald, living in Fairview. He had a short time to live and wanted to spend that time with his family. Joe worked closely with him to build support services, and Donald enjoyed the final years of his life surrounded by family and connected to the community.
CV was founded upon the belief that each person should make the choices that define their lives, and upon the value of individualized, community-based support. We base all our services on these principles, and work to give people the tools to become valued and contributing members of their community.
We continue to work, advocate, and mentor so that one day everyone with a disability will have the opportunity to thrive in their own home, working a job they find meaningful, and surrounded by people who love and respect them.