January 22, 2015

Come to our Open House!

Imagine Possibilities will be hosting an open house event on February 8th from 2 to 4 PM. Come visit, meet the new director, and learn about our programs and plans for the future.

Please RSVP to kevinburke@imaginepossibilities.net. Come for an opportunity to meet with the board and director to share ideas and information in order to plan for our future together. A dessert buffet will be provided!

Imagine Possibilities is located at 4450 SW 184th St in Aloha, Oregon.

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Bird painting by Debra Moser

January 22, 2015

From The Director

photo2Thirty-four years ago, Louis P. gave me a green pepper. And that’s why I am here today. It was my first day working at a state institution on the East Coast. On my way in the door, a small man in a baseball hat and a dark gray overcoat about five sizes too big for him called out to me. He was standing beside a tiny garden plot that had been planted beside the entrance. Two wildly overgrown tomato plants sprawled through an uneven row of pepper plants. A lone eggplant gleamed darkly from the tangle of vines and stalks. Marigolds had been planted in a tight circle around the vegetables. I knew this was an old gardener’s trick. The pungent smell of marigolds keeps bugs from finding the tender leaves of young vegetables.

“Hey, c’mere.”

“Can I help you?”

“Here. Take it.” He handed me a stunted green pepper.

“No really, I can’t.”

“Take it. It’s okay.”

I kept that pepper. I dried it in the sun and kept it on all my desks for fifteen years. Louis and I only knew each other for four of those years. We were part of the team closing down that institution. I read a poem at his funeral. But in those four years Louis taught me my purpose in life. To be a care giver. To help others find freedom, to realize their potential, to try things they might never have tried.

Knowing Louis gave me courage to follow my own path in life. I’ve been a case manager, a free-lance writer, and an area administrator in charge of nine group homes and a work activity center. Until recently I was a partner in a fiduciary firm that specialized in helping vulnerable adults who were victims of financial abuse. When the Board of Directors offered me the position of Executive Director for Imagine Possibilities just before Christmas last year, I did a happy dance that would have made Snoopy proud. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead IP into its next era.

Imagine Possibilities was founded 56 years ago to be a place where people with special needs could be safe, comfortable, and have a measure of happiness. Now we are looking to a future where all our participants, staff and families can share their special gifts. We are a unique community and we would like you to join us in our next phase. My predecessor Cathy Schaefer has left an enduring legacy through her care for the participants and staff at IP. Estela Rosas is both a talented administrator and a gifted care giver. Lead staff Sandra Mandujano and Shiva Shahrashoob have over 25 years of experience between them. There is a constant feeling of caring and connection that flows through the days. Please come visit and see for yourself.

W. Kevin Burke
Executive Director

October 11, 2014

Sneak Peak at Tonight’s Auction Slide Show!

The Imagine Possibilities 2014 Auction Oktoberfest is tonight!  This is going to be an exciting night.  Here’s a sneak peak of the running slideshow showcasing the live auction items!

October 9, 2014

Imagine Possibilities 2014 LIVE AUCTION ITEMS!

The 2014 Imagine Possibilities Oktoberfest Auction extravaganza is this Saturday, October 11.  Get your tickets today so you can take advantage of these amazing live auction items!

Mega Dig   Enjoy the ultimate Vegas experience and have a TON of fun as you take control of a bulldozer and an excavator. Your Mega Dig experience gives you 3 hours of fun as you get down and dirty in an adult sized sandbox.  Enjoy Vegas as never before.  Airfare and lodging are not included.

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Portland Short Bus  Hop on the Short Bus with up to 12 other revelers and spend 5 hours touring four urban wineries in the heart of Portland!  These independent winemakers are scattered across Portland’s landscape of industrial, residential, and mixed use neighborhoods. Tasting fees not included.

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Disneyland Resort  One-Day Hopper Tickets for Four.  Enjoy four Disneyland Resort one-day park hopper tickets to the happiest place on earth!  The tickets provide admission to a magical experience at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park for one day.

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Golfing at Pumpkin Ridge  Treat yourself and three friends to a round of golf at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on the Ghost Creek Golf Course.  This course features a variety of distinct and equally memorable holes framed by lush stands of trees, dramatic mountain vistas and ragged wetlands. Golf carts not included.

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Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa Vacation  Enjoy a one week vacation situated along the best swimmable beach in Cabo San Lucas.  Located marina-side between Plaza Bonita Mall and Marina Fiesta Resort in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, the Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza combines indoor shopping and entertainment with restaurants, open areas for strolling and relaxing, dining, entertainment, and the Marina.  Airfare is not included.

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Hacienda Del Mar Resort and Spa  Enjoy a one week vacation at the Hacienda style resort with villa-styled buildings, courtyards, fountains and pathways carving out an exuberant garden.  The oceanfront village offers the finest luxury accommodations and services crafted to soothe your soul and renew your senses.  From the sapphire blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Hacienda del Mar possesses all the special touches you expect from a world class resort at the very tip of the Baja.  Airfare is not included.

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Vacation in St. Thomas, USVI  Enjoy seven nights accommodations for up to four people at Bluebeard’s Castle Villas, this resort’s focal point is a centuries-old fortress bearing the name of the famous pirate. The resort offers two acclaimed restaurants as well as boutiques and shops.  The resort is located near Medano Beach, where you can enjoy boating, diving, windsurfing, and more.  Airfare is not included.

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Alaska Airlines – 50,000 Travel Miles  Your winning bid will get 50,000 miles transferred to your Alaska Airlines mileage plan account to use for flights with Alaska Airlines and their airline partners. The value of these miles will vary depending on when and where you travel.

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Host Your Own Dinner Party  Host a dinner party for six at your home for a special night of fun, food and conversation prepared by Enobytes co-founder Chef Marc Hinton.  He has over 30 years of experience in the food and wine industry where he has worked as an Executive Chef in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.  Marc has taught cooking classes, wine education seminars and is a published author and wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com.

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Manzanita Beach Weekend Getaway  Enjoy a long weekend beach getaway in beautiful Manzanita, Oregon at this lovely 4 bedroom  house only five blocks from the beach. Dates subject to availability.

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Portland Night Out On the Town  Leave your cares at home and go downtown! Treat yourself and a guest to a night at the Paramount Hotel, dine at Andina Restaurant for an upscale Peruvian dinner, catch a performance at Portland Center Stage and get up the next morning to enjoy breakfast at Mother’s Bistro.

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Vacation in Lake Tahoe  Enjoy seven nights accommodations for up to four people in  Lake Tahoe, CA at the Tahoe Seasons Resort  just a mile outside Lake Tahoe. The resort offers all that you would expect to find in a full-service hotel: on site pub, restaurant for breakfast, room service, outdoor swimming pool, barbecue grills, a tennis court, shuffle board courts, gift and sundry shop, seasonal ski shop, and ski and golf storage.  Accommodations are studio or 1 bedroom resort condominium units.

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Vacation in Maui  The Gardens at West Maui is located along Kapalua’s Bay Course, surrounded by 23,000 acres of pineapple plantation and within walking distance to Kapalua Bay.  Kapalua, Maui is home to three 18-hole championship golf courses with some of the most scenic and challenging holes.  Accommodations are studio or 1 bedroom resort condominium units. Airfare is not included.

 GardensAtWestMauiResort

September 24, 2014

Congratulations Dambar

Imagine Possibilities would like to congratulate Dambar Rizal on his recent citizenship on July 31, 2014.  Dambar comes from Butan and over the past year has worked hard to obtain his citizenship.  Congratulations Dambar!

Dambar Rizal