Sammy’s Place was founded in 2006 as an Oregon 501(c)(3) organization with the original mission to provide respite to families with children experiencing disabilities. In 2014, the mission was expanded to include the creation of a nature-inspired living, working, and respite business model along-side and with people who experience disability.
Sammy’s Place remains to be an all-volunteer board and seeks to empower those who experience disability by creating community opportunities to engage with the extraordinary natural environments of the North Coast of Oregon and the surrounding areas.
Through the Oregon COAAST Network, Sammy’s Place offers an opportunity for networking through peer-to-peer support, small COVID-appropriate activities, and [virtual] meetings. Sammy’s Place believes people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and everyone should beget limitless dreams and have equal opportunities to choices in order to pursue those dreams. The Oregon COAAST Network: Communities of All Abilities Succeeding Together.
Sammy’s Place also recognizes the extreme need within the Oregon coastal communities for affordable housing, independent living opportunities, and community-based employment choices. The Sammy’s Place team is working towards providing alternative and innovative options within the community so everyone is supported to be included and has the opportunity to live a full and self-determined life in which they choose.
In 2018, after initial strategic planning and fundraising, which identified housing and unified programs as our top focus, Sammy’s Place acquired a 3-acre parcel in Nehalem from Tillamook County to tackle the local housing crisis. In partnership with the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, a massive cleanup was completed in Fall 2020 with the support of Oregon Orphan Funds. Removed from the site were three automobiles, one R.V., one large travel-trailer, one tractor, one work-trailer, one small boat, 9 tons of scrap metal, buckets of ammunition, and a dilapidated house that stood uninhabited for 10 years. We invite partners that want to be involved in this cutting-edge vision of embracing the natural world with a mixed-co-housing model that invites those who experience disability to live along-side those without.