An Oregon Provider Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

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Michael Drew Stinson, BSW

Co-Director

Many people ask if my name is actually Andrew… No, just Drew. I have been providing services for adults in the developmental disabilities community in Oregon since October 2005. The first two client(s) I started working with in this field, I still work with today. I started out working as a personal support worker teaching basic budgeting and then moved right in to cooking, health and fitness, housing and the list grew dramatically. I quickly gained a reputation for being willing to work with adults with challenging behavior(s) so my clientele grew fast since no one else wanted to work with those who were not “fun”. This helped me develop amazing patience and very strong personal and professional boundaries. The part-time work morphed in to full time work but was flexible enough that it allowed me to earn my degree in social work from Concordia University in NE Portland in 2009.

I bring to my work, skills as an active listener, non-judgmental advocate, a love of fun while working with people. I love the outdoors and all the activities that can be explored in the Metro area, especially the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood area.

In 2015, my best friend, Rex Goode and I joined together to build ARISE Mentors, LLP so that we can share our passion for advancing the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities with others.

We love teaching our employees how to get results and be stellar support professionals. We strive to instill in them the same craving to provide quality assistance to those we serve. The work can be both challenging and rewarding, and those two things naturally go together. It can’t be rewarding without being challenging and because it is challenging, the rewards are greater.

To do this work requires more than just being a nice person with a desire to serve. There are naturally ethics, boundaries, and the inevitable paperwork. We teach all of these things so that our workers can provide the best possible support to our customers.

Prior to and concurrent with my work as a social worker, I worked in financial services. I also have and certificate in paralegal work and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  I worked for a short time in law enforcement as a reserve and a full time temporary police officer.

My interests include any outdoor activities; biking, hiking, exploring, sports, etc..  Most of all I love spending time with my family. As a single dad, my children are the most important thing in my life.

I also love creative writing, learning, computer gaming (not very good at it though) and movies. I love action, drama, comedy, westerns and anything that ADD people would love.  My taste in music is varied from classical music to classic rock. I love classic jazz and modern country music too.

I occasionally provide direct support for the company’s clients, but only if needed to best understand how to work efficiently with those who might have challenging behaviors. This will allow me to best train our employees how to best support our clients. Please contact me to discuss how our company can assist you or your customers.

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