Southern Oregon Aspire

Southern Oregon Aspire is a nonprofit organization that has provided residential and vocational support to people with developmental disabilities in Josephine County since 1975. Effective July 1, 2011, SPARC Enterprises, Inc. and Stepping Stone Residential Services, Inc., merged to become Southern Oregon Aspire. The new mission statement of Southern Oregon Aspire describes the long-standing work and the vision of the organization: “Inspiring unlimited opportunities for people to create the life they choose”.

In Josephine and Jackson Counties, Southern Oregon Aspire currently serves 209 individuals by providing housing, in-home supports, behavioral supports, counseling, job training and job placement. Southern Oregon Aspire has historically operated small businesses for the sole purpose of providing meaningful jobs and job training for people with disabilities. These businesses include: recycling, electronics recycling, janitorial services, landscape services, confidential shredding and retail book sales. The organization also provides work supports for multiple people who work for local businesses in more integrated settings. Expanded employment integration is the ultimate goal for the organization and the State of Oregon who provides funding for supports. Southern Oregon Aspire has provided vocational services to the community and supported people with developmental disabilities by offering numerous job opportunities.

Persons involved in our residential programs can select services that match their individual needs and preferences. Services include, but are not limited to, support with finances, budgeting, health, nutrition, shopping, counseling with personal concerns, access to medical care, recreation, leisure, personal care, employment, and coordination with community resources. Staff provides residents with individualized attention and facilitates the development of meaningful relationships with people in the community.

For more information call (541)476-8241