SOURCE: Portland Habilitation Center NW

Portland Habilitation Center NW

June 23, 2010 10:00 ET

Connecting Communities Coalition Receives Corporate Support From The Standard

Support Will Benefit People With Various Types of Disabilities and the Community at Large

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) -  The Connecting Communities Coalition ("The Coalition"), Oregon's first cross-disability coalition, has received corporate support from Standard Insurance Company ("The Standard") totaling $25,000 over the next three years.

The Coalition's mission is to gain power, resources and freedom for people with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of the community.

The volunteer-led Coalition is addressing four broad goals that include: preventing harassment and violence against people with disabilities; helping businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); increasing employment for people with disabilities; and establishing a powerful political voice for disability issues.

The Coalition's more than 90 members represent Oregonians of every age, economic background, ethnicity, political persuasion and disability. Its members are dedicated toward raising awareness, promoting inclusion and improving the lives of those who are touched by disabilities. The Coalition is led by Portland Habilitation Center NW (PHCNW). Other members include DePaul Industries, the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Easter Seals Oregon, Disability Rights Oregon, and the Oregon Disability Chamber.

"Philanthropic support from The Standard over the next three years ensures the longevity of The Coalition and provides us with the support we need to move forward and accomplish our goals for years to come," said Therese Grayson, Chair of The Coalition and Director of Public Relations at PHCNW. "The Coalition's leadership team is strong, and the standing committees, as well as the task forces, are busy executing projects and working towards their objectives."

"The Standard is proud to support The Coalition over the next three years. As one of the nation's largest providers of disability insurance, we actively seek partners who help all people thrive independently and overcome barriers to social and economic success," said Jerry Kibe, assistant vice president of Specialty Lines for The Standard and member of the PHCNW board.

The Coalition formed as the result of the successful 2009 collaborative event, "Connecting Communities," whose purpose was to recapture the powerful spirit of the ADA. The Coalition is uniting and celebrating all people living in our community and raising statewide awareness of disability advocacy organizations. The Coalition has more than 100 members, 35 member organizations and is growing rapidly. For more information about The Coalition, visit

About The Standard
The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services. The company serves approximately 8 million customers nationwide as of March 31, 2010, with group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD&D, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard visit

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, StanCorp Mortgage Investors, StanCorp Investment Advisers, StanCorp Real Estate and StanCorp Equities.

About Portland Habilitation Center Northwest (PHCNW)
PHCNW has provided nearly 60 years of broad-based educational, training and job opportunities (with full union benefits) for thousands of people with developmental, physical and mental disabilities. As a dynamic and forward-thinking industry leader, PHCNW's diversified business lines have allowed it to help employees develop the technical skills required to earn living wages in a variety of occupations, thus enabling them to pay taxes and empowering them to raise families and live independently. PHCNW's influence extends into the general community through provision of affordable housing programs, and environmental stewardship in the form of developing and hosting the largest contiguous solar energy array in the Pacific Northwest region.

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