…Formerly known as The Arc of Washington County
On October 1, 2012, Imagine Possibilities disaffiliated from the national and state Arc organizations that we were a part of since 1959. Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name?” It is something that should be trivial, but has the potential to create powerful impact. Our programs, our staff, and even our tax ID number remain the same. But our name is changed in order to reflect who we are today, with a mission and vision that match our strengths and ambitions. The name we chose serves as a constant reminder that all people have a lifetime of limitless potential as long as we actively imagine possibilities for them every day.
When our organization was created, it was by a group of concerned families that wanted education and opportunity for their children. Those forward-thinking parents volunteered daily and were the first teachers at the school from 1959 into the 1970s. It was important for these families to be a part of a larger organization at the time, which had the expertise and experience that could help them navigate this new world and learn how to provide education and training. It was a sound strategic decision to affiliate with the national organization today known as The Arc. Fast-forwarding to today, with are licensed under strict standards by the State of Oregon, our staff is continuously trained to ensure high quality care, and we blaze the path for which our programs exist.
It is important to us at Imagine Possibilities to always be considering what our goals are, and where we see ourselves going in the future. The national Arc plays a vital role in the ongoing work of creating better lives for people with disabilities, specializing in advocacy services and spreading awareness and knowledge around intellectual and developmental disabilities. Imagine Possibilities is focused on providing direct, hands-on support to people in our community. We strongly support the mission of the Arc, but as time passes our own mission has shifted and we feel we are able to be more effective if we put all our energy on what we do best.
Changing the name has allowed us to focus on our strengths and return to what we were founded upon, a relentless progressive spirit wanting the best opportunities possible for individuals with disabilities seeking to turn their dreams into realities. By devoting money, energy, and presence to the community we live in and serve we can best keep that spirit glowing brightly and growing stronger. We look forward to continuing the work of our founders, representing a spirit for advancement and forward movement, bringing our community together to ensure our participants have the opportunity to be full participants in their own lives and wider communities.