Tualatin Valley Workshop, Inc. (TVW) is a non-profit established in 1967 by Hildah Highbe, a former special needs teacher who realized that upon graduation from high school disabled young adults needed a program to be able to achieve their maximum potential and contribution to society. TVW quickly grew and moved several times before obtaining a block grant and together with private funds was able to purchase a building in Aloha in 1983. In 1991, TVW purchased their current facility in Hillsboro, Oregon.
TVW’s mission is clear. “We support the employment choices of people with disabilities.”
TVW’s clients receive developmental guidance in practical, social, vocational and academic skills while earning a wage and developing pride and self-sufficiency. TVW’s clients perform shrink wrap, packaging, light assembly, and fulfillment to businesses such as Intel, Leupold Stevens, Bay Valley Foods, Beaver Foods, and many more. TVW is ISO 9001 compliant and the finished service or product completed at TVW is guaranteed to be of top quality.
The majority of our clients reside on the Westside of Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove. TVW supports all levels of disabilities and place people in jobs according to their skill set level. TVW has an ongoing training program to continually teach new skill sets to our clients.
Since 1967, TVW has provided opportunities for people with disabilities to earn wages and develop pride and self-sufficiency. TVW supports over 250 individuals annually though 4 various programs. TVW’s production facility performs various assembly and packaging services. A key component of this is extensive training programs in developing work habits, attention to detail, concern for high quality and consideration of work skills of varying degrees of difficulty to individuals with disabilities who desire work opportunities. For many individuals, this is their first opportunity to explore the world of work and to experience new friendships and a sense of accomplishment.
TVW’s full service janitorial department provides nightly janitorial serves at locations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and WashingtonCounty. This department works closely with the State of Oregon Procurement offices and serves many state and county offices as well as Chambers of Commerce. The A.C.C.E.S.S. (Adult Community Centered Enrichment & Support Services) serves people with disabilities who are in a retirement mode or unable to work. The lives of participants are enriched through involvement in community inclusion opportunities. A high priority of A.C.C.E.S.S. is to encourage interaction with a variety of people in the community. Arts, crafts, games, computer time and personal hygiene skills are also emphasized at this facility. TVW’s newest department is Vanguard Services. Vanguard merged with TVW in 2004. Services are provided to over 40 people with disabilities, and include paid work, community outings, personal care, and support to each individual to accomplish their personal goals throughout the day.
The School Transition Programs offers individuals coming out of high school an opportunity to develop and explore work readiness skills in a real working environment. The goal of the Transition Program is to help students develop independence, explore their talents and interests, and decide upon a career path.