Our Care Services

Since its inception in 2002, our local chapter of The ALS Association is the central source for services and education for people with ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon and the six counties of SW Washington.

The progression of ALS varies significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s individual needs, our local chapter is available to provide vital services and reliable information through strategic community partnerships. 

Contact Us

Register with the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter to begin receiving free, personalized services, regardless of insurance or immigration status. You will be partnered with a Care Services Coordinator (see contact information below) who will work with you to determine your current and future needs. Studies show that people with ALS who receive comprehensive care that is tailored to individual needs often experience an increased quality of life. 

A sampling of services provided free of charge:

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On-Staff Care Services Coordinators

Offering individual support and home visits to assess needs, suggest equipment, connect with local resources and help families plan.

Call Us to Get Started: 503-238-5559

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ALS Association Certified Centers and Clinics

Partnerships with Providence Brain & Spine Institute, the Portland VA Health System, OHSU ALS Center, Kaiser Permanente, St. Charlest Health System, The Center and Asante Health System.

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Medical Equipment Program

In partnership with Numotion and Norco Medical to loan equipment to aid in daily living activities and with mobility.

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Chapter Grant Program

Grants fund a myriad of reimbursable, ALS-related expenses such as respite care, counseling, co-pays for healthcare costs, home modifications, and more. 

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Caregiver Support

We provide family caregiver-focused support groups, Care Connections guidance, and referrals. 

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Support Groups

In-person and virtual support groups for people living with ALS, family members, and friends.

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Support and Resources for Children

In partnership with The Dougy Center, who have ALS in their families.

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Bereavement Support Program

For family members and friends who have lost a loved one to ALS.

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Education and Webinars

We host many informative presentations on topics related to living with ALS.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication

We offer education, assistance and loans of speech-generating, eye-gaze and other communication-related tools.


Assistive Technology

Support and education of equipment that make it easier for people living with ALS to perform day-to-day tasks.

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Volunteer Program

Two different volunteer programs whose goals are to help people living with ALS and their families.

Care Services Team

Cassy Adams

Cassy Adams

Care Services Director

503-238-5559 ext 100

Ashley Loyning

Ashley Loyning

Assistive Technology Services Coordinator

503-238-5559 ext 104

Susan Pennock

Susan Pennock

Portland-Metro Care Services Coordinator

503-238-5559 ext 114

Amber Smith

Amber Smith

Portland-Metro Care Services Coordinator

503-238-5559 ext 122

Mary Rebar

Mary Rebar

Willamette Valley Care Services Coordinator

Christina Riddock

Christina Riddock

Central Oregon Care Services Coordinator
Laura Geilenfeldt

Laura Geilenfeldt

Southern Oregon Care Services Coordinator

Rebekah Albert

Rebekah Albert

Bereavement Coordinator

We can only offer free services with the help of donors and fundraisers like you!