What we do...
Forty-one years ago, in a modest University of Oregon-area house-turned-office, Direction Service was founded with a desire and a dream: To provide a place where people with disabilities and special needs would be treated with respect, dignity, and compassionate care, regardless of situation.
Today, Direction Service continues that legacy of service as a multi-program family support nonprofit located in Springfield, Oregon. Serving all of Lane County, we are now an independent, private, nonprofit organization funded through public and private donations, as well as local and federal support.
Contact us today to see how we can help. Click here to learn more! You are not alone!
Your support made our Holiday Giving Tree possible—Thank you!
The first ever Holiday Giving Tree at Direction Service was a joyful success! Donations came in from so many Direction Service supporters, former and current clients, staff, local businesses, and first time Direction Service donors.
We even received a donation from a second grader who had worked to earn money specifically to purchase gifts for other children. The spirit of the season was truly evident in the generosity and care from the community to Direction Service clients!
Direction Service staff wrapped, bagged, and delivered over 160 items to 46 youth in 28 different families. Each of those youth’s holidays were made all the brighter. One of our staff members also shared that a family had just one gift under the tree for each child before the Direction Service gifts arrived.
Another family was in a lurch when they found out at the last minute that a referral for another giving program had not actually been made. Their Direction Service facilitator was able to quickly put together several gifts for two youths who, up until then, had none. In addition to gifts for the children in the family, Direction Service was able to provide a gift for a single mother who said she had not had a gift in 12 years. It was a particularly emotional season of delivering gifts and bringing holiday cheer to clients and families.
Direction Service is incredibly lucky to have such kind, generous supporters and community members. We want to extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to all who supported our 2017 Direction Service Holiday Giving Tree. Your caring was felt widely by staff and clients, and your goodwill will continue to impact countless lives well into the future.
A Message from Aimee
Fall is fast approaching! School is here. Football season is upon us. And of course, our annual fundraiser is just around the corner.
This year, we’re hosting a casino night gala at the UO Ford Alumni Center Ballroom! Proceeds to benefit life-changing Direction Service programs that help people in Lane County with disabilities and special needs live full and healthy lives. Click here to learn more!
Direction Service also recently received coverage in the Eugene Weekly for our Youth Advocacy Program and partnership with the 15th Night Coalition. Our Youth Advocacy Program supports youth who experience homelessness. In concert with our coalition partners, our staff Youth Advocate works one-on-one with youths and helps them to find stability, as well as to develop appropriate supports to improve long-term outcomes. Click here to read the full article!
Our 2017 Night of Family Fun at PK Park was a resounding success! With your help, we raised nearly $1,200 in one evening, all-the-while cheering on our Eugene Ems on a perfect summer night at the ballpark. Click here to visit our Facebook page for photos from the event.
As always, our dedicated staff and Board of Directors continue to work hard to carry out our mission: Helping people with disabilities and special needs live full and healthy lives!
Thank you for your continuing support!
Introducing our new monthly giving program: Direction Forward!
Since 1976, Direction Service has had a single and clear defining mission: Helping people with disabilities and special needs live full and healthy lives.
Today, we continue that legacy by introducing our new monthly giving program, Direction: Forward!.
Direction: Forward! is an opportunity to support the youths and families we serve by making convenient, incremental donations once per month.
Forty-one years of individual donations have helped to develop and sustain vital Direction Service programs, many of which are available to youth and families at no cost to them. Direction: Forward! is another avenue towards progress that will help those we serve find pathways toward happiness, stability, safety, and success.
Click here to become a Direction: Forward! donor today!
Dance Factory performance benefits Direction Service
Direction Service is thrilled to be the beneficiary of The Dance Factory's 2018 Up Close benefit concert! Join us at 7:30pm on January 13th at the Wildish Community Theater for this fabulous night of dance, music and fun. All proceeds to support Direction Service programs that serve youth and families in our community!
Click here to reserve your seats today!
Click here to learn more about The Dance Factory.
Thank you for supporting our annual fundraising event!
Thanks to Eugene Coin and Jewelry, Northwest Community Credit Union, Dynasty Concrete Co., Trillium Community Health Plan, 15th Night Community Movement, and the entire Direction Service community for supporting our 2017 annual fundraising event! With your help, Direction Service was able to raise nearly $30,000 to support people with disabilities and special needs!
If you missed out, there's still time to donate! Click here to make a contribution today. Support from community leaders like you make it possible for Direction Service to provide life-changing services people with disabilities and special needs, many at no cost to them!
Help us get to 1,000 Likes!! Amplify our voices!!
With our voices combined, we are stronger! Every new “Like” Direction Service adds means we reach more families, connect with new supporters, boost our community visibility, AND increase our capacity to serve.
Please click here to visit our Facebook page and "Like" us today!!!
We started this drive with 381 "Likes." Today, we're leaps and bounds ahead of where we started! With your help...1,000 is just around the corner.
We’ve got some exciting events on the calendar this summer. We’re developing innovative ways to increase family voice, choice, and accessibility. Help us to share those with more people!
It’s easy!! Just ask friends, family, loved ones, and anyone else you might know to pull out their phone and "Like" Direction Service. You can also invite friends to "Like" us directly from our Facebook page. It only takes seconds to make a real and positive difference!
Thanks for taking a moment to "Like" us! Your support helps make it possible for us to meet our mission and continue to serve families in Lane County!
Our mission: "Helping people with disabilities and special needs live full and healthy lives!"
1144 Gateway Loop, Suite 200 • Springfield, Oregon 97477, USA • Phone 541.686.5060 • Fax 541.343.6938