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About Us

NorthWest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS) is a local intergovernmental agency. We were created in 1982. Every two years we enter into contract with the state of Oregon to deliver services to seniors and adults with physical disabilities. There are other names for our agency. We are also known as an Area Agency on Aging and an Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC). Most of our funding comes from the federal and state government. We also receive donations from individuals and community groups. We are available to assist all seniors and people with disabilities in Clatsop County (office in Warrenton), Marion County (offices in Salem and Woodburn), Polk County (office in Dallas), Tillamook County (office in Tillamook), and Yamhill County (office in McMinnville). Find the office nearest you

Board of Directors

We have a five-member Board of Directors consisting of a County Commissioner from each of our counties. The Board is assisted by the Advisory Councils.

Advisory Councils

We have two Advisory Councils. The Senior Advisory Council is made up of 20 members. The Disability Advisory Council is made up of 15 members. Both councils offer guidance to NorthWest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS).

Approved Area Plan

We write an Area Plan every four years. It offers an overview of the planned professional services under contract by NorthWest Senior and Disability Services and the state of Oregon. Read our brief overview of the Area Plan in Russian, English, or Spanish or click on the link in the heading to read the entire plan.

Our Vision:
To be an innovative, nationally recognized leader.

Our Mission:
Promote dignity, independence, and health; honor choice and empower people.

Our Core Values:

Working honestly, ethically, and being accountable.

      Representing the agency and ourselves with pride, expertise, and excellence.

      Responding promptly to customer and community needs.

Showing concern and respect for the well-being of others.

 Lee Hazelwood Advocacy Award

The Lee Hazelwood Advocacy Award was established to celebrate the Life of Lee Hazelwood who, for more than
30 years, devoted his time at the Oregon Capitol as an untiring and unpaid advocate for seniors and people
with disabilities. Lee’s passion was the support and funding of Oregon Project Independence. The Lee Hazelwood Advocacy Award is in remembrance of Lee’s lifelong legacy to the programs and mission of NorthWest Senior and Disability Services.

We invite you to nominate someone for this award who has shown exemplary advocacy for the welfare of seniors and people with disabilities. Download the Award Description and Nomination form.

Please contact, Kim Hunt, Advisory Council and Public Affairs Specialist, by email at kim.hunt@nwsds.org, or call 503-967-1848 with your questions.