This weekend, the Oregon Support Services Association celebrates its 5 year anniversary!
We formed the association in 2010 just as Oregon brokerages were about to celebrate a decade of services to the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) community. The past five years have been filled with successes, challenges, and more twists and turns than anyone could have predicted. As many of you know, today’s terrain is significantly different.
I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the work of OSSA’s Executive Director, Katie Rose. Katie has been on the job for just about a year now and having her as a full-time leader has made a huge impact for brokerage operations and within the I/DD community at large. She has successfully represented the work of brokerages statewide through legislative efforts, legislative testimonies, partnership, training development, and advocacy. Thanks for all you do, Katie Rose. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the membership of the association – the brokerage directors – for their passion, their patience, and their drive. You do beautiful work and you are very much appreciated by the communities you serve.
The coming year, no doubt, will bring with it both new successes and challenges for Oregon and the community at large. OSSA looks forward to continued and deepening engagement with state leadership, community partners, providers, legislators, and, most importantly, with the individuals and families receiving services.
As we celebrate this milestone in our history, we hope you and yours are gearing up to celebrate a healthy and happy holiday season.
Our best to you and yours,