“I am thankful for Kerr. They have taught me a lot of skills so I can live by myself one day and be able to function in a normal setting.”
-Group Home resident
24 Hour Residential Care
Our group homes provide opportunities for residents to develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible with services that support each individual’s special needs.
Adult Group Homes
Kerr operates 34 community-based residential homes in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Each home is supported by a highly-qualified staff.
Our focus is to enable our residents to be as independent as possible and to gain increased choice and control over their lives.
All residents have their own private bedroom, decorated according to their wishes. All homes are equipped to meet the needs of the people we serve.
Youth Group Homes
We have 20 neighborhood group homes, offering support and life-skills training for children and teens ages 7-18.
Our homes offer a stable, safe, and nurturing environment. Children are comforted knowing they have a place to call home and can enjoy the privacy of their own bedroom.
We focus on life-skill development, education, behavior management, and appropriate socialization. The staff work as team with family members, psychiatrists, therapists, and behavior support specialists to develop each child’s individual support plan and help them achieve their fullest potential.
For more information about I/DD services, please call 503-239-8101.
We match employers with our client employees who are experiencing I/DD and provide ongoing support to ensure positive results. We partner with Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington counties, brokerages, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
Individualized support includes:
- Discovery/work assessment to identify job seeker strengths, skills, desires, and goals
- Referral to Vocational Rehabilitation and coordination of services
- Job Club and related pre-employment activities
- Resume development; mock interviews; interview clothing; etc.
- Customized person-centered job development
- Job placement and onboarding services
- Job coaching, both initial and long-term support
We partner with this nationally acclaimed, nine month, unpaid internship program to provide employability training for our clients with I/DD. Local businesses, committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, provide the integrated workplace settings where our clients grow and thrive.
“Having a paid job makes me feel that I can finally move forward and create the future I want.”
-Kerr Project SEARCH graduate
“As someone with Asperger’s, sometimes art is easier than words.”
– Artist at PALS
Portland Art and Learning Studios
Kerr’s Portland Art and Learning Studios (PALS) is an art center and gallery for adults experiencing intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. We strive to foster each artist’s creative growth, build positive relationships within our community, and promote an awareness of the cultural contributions from people of all abilities.
Visit the Portland Art and Learning Studios
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
4852 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
You can make a difference
Community support powers everything we do to assist people experiencing I/DD and mental health challenges to survive, thrive, and lead more fulfilling lives.