Resourcefulness Center Location & Hours

Weekly open drop-in hours at the NWDSA Resourcefulness Center
Every Thursday, 12:00 – 2:00 PM during the school year. (please call for an appointment between June and September)

Offering resources, IEP support, advice, company and conversation.

We are excited to announce that Michael Bailey is now hosting our weekly drop-in hours. Michael is a lawyer, author, activist, and parent of a young woman with Down syndrome. He is a wealth of knowledge about the law, IEPs, and much more.

The NWDSA Resourcefulness Center is a vibrant working hub for our staff and families, a place where we can do our creative work and to support families and the projects we design. Housed in the Administration Building of the Multnomah Education Service District, the center houses a growing selection of best practices resources, including articles, books and videos. It is a place where we can work together, learn together, and celebrate our milestones together.

The Resourcefulness Center is your center, a great place to connect and learn together! We have some fabulous resources here, a small lending library and file cabinets full of great handouts we have collected. Take a minute to get online, play with learning software or borrow the laminator to finish up a project. Feel free to arrange to meet a friend, bring your baby or just come in on your own and connect with us! Enjoy tea and cookies and a chance to share stories and ideas.

11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 238-0522
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Thanks to an enduring relationship with MESD we have access to larger meeting spaces in the building, and are able to host trainings, meetings and social events here as well. The space is available for parents and other community members to host their own meetings, and there is an area for children to play for those who have children in tow when they drop in.

We frequently host meetings with partners and collaborators, and we have worked hard to create a culture where all visitors to our center feel at home, in a space where we do quality work as a community. There is always a teakettle at the ready, and we are never without chocolate and time to sit and connect. Drop in for a visit sometime!

Story of the NWDSA Resourcefulness Center

The NWDSA was founded by and for parents, and like many other small non-profits, our early years saw incredible work and creativity coming out of work sessions around dining room tables across the Portland Metro area. When we moved into our first Resourcefulness Center in the summer of 2007, Board members dug through basements and closets to bring out file boxes full of the history of the New Parent Guide, Open Arms Playgroup, the Reciprocal Learning Community, the All Born “In” conference and many Buddy Walks and family socials past.

Our first Center was in a storefront on NE Glisan Street, and many hours were put into building a homey, comfortable and welcoming space in that location. We worked there for about three years, until in 2010 former MESD Superintendent Ron Hitchcock welcomed us into the MESD administration building in Northeast Portland. We have been there ever since, and this space has given us an incredible place to grow our work over the past three years. For more on the history of the Resourcefulness Center, please read the articles below.