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Sunnyside Project SEARCH Graduates
Sunnyside Project SEARCH Graduates
Albertina Kerr and Kaiser Announce Sunnyside Project Search Graduation (Photo) - 06/27/17

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 27, 2017) -- Albertina Kerr and Embassy Suites by Hilton at the Portland Airport will be hosting a graduation ceremony for their Project SEARCH participants on June 30, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center -- Sunnybrook Bldg.- 10180 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, OR 97015. This year's graduating class of four adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities participated in the nine-month internship and employment training program receiving classroom instruction, career exploration and learned technical and soft skills including communication, accountability and customer service.

Albertina Kerr's Project SEARCH employment program helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain professional skills, find jobs and transition to careers in integrated work places. Albertina Kerr's nationally recognized program holds an employment outcome rate of 86 percent by placing its interns into integrated workplaces. Albertina Kerr's Project SEARCH is the first successful program of its type in the state of Oregon. Sunnyside's graduating class worked in EVS, Material, Sterile Processing, ICU, Pediatrics and Nursing Administration while participating in the program.

"Project SEARCH not only exposes interns to an integrated work place, but it increases independence, confidence and self-esteem in each of them," said Kayla Hall, Program Manager. "Albertina Kerr is breaking down negative stereotypes of people who have an intellectual or developmental disability by offering them the opportunity to develop their careers."

This will be Albertina Kerr's third Project SEARCH graduating class. Their first program was introduced in 2015 in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center, which hosted three classes which graduated earlier this month. This is Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center first graduating class.

For more information about Project SEARCH, contact Jennifer Harmon at 503.408.4721 or Jennifer.Harmon@AlbertinaKerr.org.

About Albertina Kerr
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503.239.8101 or visit www.AlbertinaKerr.org

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Albertina Kerr's Art from the Heart Announces June Art Show - 06/06/17

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 6, 2017) -- Albertina Kerr's Art from the Heart will showcase its "Looking Forward, Looking Back" art show and sale on June 8, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. The show will also feature new works in all media from over 40 artists with developmental disabilities.

This year's show includes over 250 new pieces including paintings, prints, mosaics, ceramics, and mixed media. All artwork on display will be available for purchase with 70% of proceeds going directly to the artists and 30% benefiting the program to purchase additional supplies.

"Art from the Heart shows give a time and place for the artists to be celebrated and recognized and given a voice when they otherwise may not." said Rhianna Reardon, Art from the Heart Program Manager. "Through our art, we stretch our voice individually and as a community. Each and every one of our artists has a story to tell and has chosen art as a means to tell that tale."

Art from the Heart was founded in 1995 as an alternative-to-employment program and has developed into an art school, studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities to create, exhibit and sell their art. The program fosters each artists' creative growth, builds positive relationships within our community and promotes an awareness of the contributions of people of all abilities. Albertina Kerr acquired Art from the Heart in 2012.

"Looking Forward, Looking Back" will be held at Art from the Heart, 3505 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. For more information contact Jennifer Harmon at 503.408.4721 or Jennifer.Harmon@AlbertinaKerr.org

About Albertina Kerr
Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. Albertina Kerr's capital campaign, Kerr Community Promise, helps raise awareness and funds to support children's mental health.

For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503.239.8101 or visit www.albertinakerr.org¬¬¬

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