Mission Statement

The Trellis Center’s mission is to support adults with autism as they pursue self-employment opportunities. We believe that self-employment offers our participants autonomy, sense of ownership and pride in their work that they would not have through typical employment opportunities. 

We seek to help our participants improve their social, self-management, problem solving and communication skills through peer engagement and positive behavior supports, while participating in a variety of vocational, recreational and community activities. We strive to create opportunities where adults with autism are understood, valued and given opportunities to grow individually as well as contribute to their community.

Working Together

The Trellis Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that fosters a sense of purpose and belonging in young adults with autism and other disabilities. Individuals with autism require a structured recreation and leisure schedule.  Free time with no activity with which to keep busy is a difficult concept for a person with autism.

Services include agricultural-based vocational skill building, community outreach and education, recreational programs and other socially stimulating activities with the level of ability and interests of the participant in mind. At our site in Ellensburg, Washington, program participants tend to 20 raised garden beds, two greenhouses, assist in the care of livestock and participate in recreational, social and community outings. If you share our passion to help those in need and would prefer to donate your time please contact Daniel Ortega, Program Coordinator at (509) 968-4040 or


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