Mission Statement

The Trellis Center’s mission is 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 developmental disabilities are understood, valued and given opportunities to grow individually as well as contribute to their community.

Employment Services

The Trellis Center provides employment support services aimed at finding and maintaining competitive work for persons with developmental disabilities. Trellis focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals with behavioral challenges using principles and methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Our services are tailored to individual needs, interests, abilities, and promote career development.

The Trellis Center also promotes economic independence through entrepreneurship. Our mission is to increase employment opportunities for all adults with developmental disabilities by focusing on the innovation and flexibility unique to small businesses and entrepreneurs. We believe that self-employment offer adults with disabilities, increased opportunities to maximize their strengths and skills, to achieve their financial and career goals, and to customize their employment to accommodate their needs. By capitalizing on their strengths, those with disabilities can successfully own and operate their own startup firms.

“School to Work” Transitional Program

Our transitional model provides a community focused, life skills program that prepares students ages 18-21 for a successful transition from school to employment and adult life. The model allows students to match their abilities and interests with community job placements, which provide them with challenging opportunities to acquire and utilize life skills in practical ways. Students acquire pragmatic and functional educational skills, basic, and advanced social skills, positive work attitudes, and constructive behaviors that will contribute to their successful transition to adult life.

Community Engagement Program

Our Community Engagement program assists individuals to participate in activities that promote individualized skill development, independent living and community integration which may include volunteer work; continuing education; accessing community facilities, community events and recreational opportunities of their choice. Our activities provide individuals with opportunities to develop personal relationships with others in their local communities and to learn, practice, and apply life skills that promote greater independence and community inclusion. Daily stimulation and personal connections foster a healthy lifestyle that helps sustain physical and mental health.

Working Together

The Trellis Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that fosters a sense of purpose and belonging in adults with developmental disabilities. 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.

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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