Paws for a Cause
Paws for a Cause
Gem of a Vonnie Harris • Spot Magazine
had no idea that hidden behind the huge conglomeration of outlet malls in Troutdale, Ore. there lies a quaint five-block stretch of small town retail charm. This historic stretch on the Old Columbia River Highway on the way to Crowne Pointe and Multnomah Falls is home to antique stores, gift shops, art galleries and a true-to-life old-time general store. Among them is a gem of a pet boutique called Paws for a Cause. Open since mid-July, the shop is aptly named. It all started with people with disabilities making dog biscuits through an agency called Living Without Boundaries (LWB), a growing division of Adult Learning Systems of Oregon, Inc. The nonprofit LWB provides vocational, residential and transportation services for adults with disabilities, both physical and mental, throughout Multnomah and Clackamas Counties.
Two vocational centers in the Portland/Gresham area help individuals excel in daily living skills, which includes jobs with purpose. Person-centered plans help match skills to promote independence and choice, regardless of the level of ability. Mentors are matched based on interests and specialty. Thus, participants look forward to going to work, and experience a great deal of pride, achievement and success. The dog biscuits were originally sold at the LWB offices. Demand grew through word of mouth, and eventually they were sold at US Bank branches and other local businesses. Then, about a year and a half ago, the concept for Paws For A Cause was born. While special in its own right, the shop is even more endearing for the fact that it gives back. All proceeds help foster the mission of LWB in supporting indi-
While special in its own right, the shop is even more endearing for the fact that it gives back. Proceeds support individuals with disabilities.
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8 SPOT MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2008
Published on Dec 2, 2008