What is a 'community-based' program?

A community-based program is one that offers daily opportunities for activities that promote true community connection and engagement.


what does a typical day at on-the-move look like?

Our small-group activities are all about exploring Portland, engaging with community members,  making friends, and learning new skills along the way.

Every morning, participants and staff gather at our location in SE Portland to plan their day.  Each group works together to decide on the activity and plan the logistics of the day. A typical day involves taking public transportation to the chosen activity, scouting out a lunch spot, and making short stops along the way. Activities are held Monday-Friday from 9:30am – 3:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm.


what are some common activities?

Our activities are as diverse as the city of Portland itself, and they change depending upon the time of year. We focus on doing things that are healthy, meaningful, social and fun. The goal is always to engage with the broader community of Portland. Some of our activities include:

  • Breaking a sweat at a local CrossFit gym
  • Hiking through one of the city's parks
  • Attending a cooking class
  • Volunteering at a community garden
  • Discovering something new at one of the city's museums
  • Taking music lessons
  • Cycling at a spin studio

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How much does it cost?

On-the-Move is licensed by the State of Oregon to support people who are eligible for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) address individualized goals. Most participants pay for their appointments through designating On-the-Move as a contractor for a specific support service. During program, we emphasize participating in free or low-cost activities to promote accessibility.

Where can I find a calendar of events?

Rather than a calendar of pre-planned activities, participants and staff work together each morning to plan small-group activities based on common interests among the group. Since groups never exceed three participants, planning together promotes individual choice as well as the consideration of others. For more details, please contact our Program Manager by calling (503) 287-0346.

How do I sign up?

To be considered for the program, individuals must first schedule a visit at On-the-Move.  During their visit if they decide that the program is what they want, the individual completes an intake form with our staff stating their availability, likes/dislikes, goals, and support needs. Sometimes we have a wait list which can last any length of time, depending on the individual’s availability, placement on the wait list, and our capacity. People interested in attending our Community Inclusion program must be eligible for HCBS services and have a Personal Agent or a Case Manager. 

To schedule a visit, please contact our Program Manager by calling (503) 287-0346.

how do you promote health and wellness?

When planning the day’s activities, our staff encourage participants to consider environmentally responsible options. For example, rather than a visit to a mall or a fast food restaurant, we encourage exploring activities such as hiking, taking a community yoga class, or volunteering. These kinds of activities promote the well-being of individuals, our community, and the earth.