History 2017-06-02T03:11:04+00:00


An innovative organization from its very inception, MV Advancements started as Mid-Valley Workshop in 1966 by a group of parents and supporters to provide employment training to adults with disabilities. It was one of just a handful of such job-training programs in Oregon at the time. Through the leadership and extraordinary efforts of Margaret Reavis Larsen, Mid-Valley Workshop opened its first facility February 1, 1967, in downtown Amity.

For over 50 years since, we continue to grow in services, facilities, programs, community involvement and number of clients served.



Mid-Valley Workshop employs five adults with developmental disabilities and a supervisor, Ezra Kilmer. Because the idea that people with disabilities can work and contribute meaningfully to the workplace is a totally new concept at the time, Reavis Larsen has to work hard to secure new contracts for workshop clients. She also transports adults living at Fairview Training Center in Salem to and from the Amity workshop.

Early 1970s

The number of programs and services offered by Mid-Valley Workshop grows for the underserved population in the area. A recreation and activity center opens in McMinnville for clients to work in the workshop. The first residential group homes open in McMinnville as well, partly in order to eliminate commutes from Salem.


Ground is broken for a new Mid-Valley Workshop and Rehabilitation Center building north of Amity, located on 11.5 acres of land donated by Ray and Barbara Kauer. The new workshop offers bigger and better work space for clients plus offices for administrative staff members. Today, this building houses Mid-Valley Wood Products.

Late 1970s

Mid-Valley Workshop continues to pave the “pathway to employment” with the creation of site-specific crew “enclaves” and Individual Community Employment, which finds clients work in area businesses according to their interests.


The recreation and activity center in McMinnville is moved to a 7,000-square-foot building adjacent to the new workshop in Amity. The program is renamed the Mid-Valley Training Center, and its physical home eventually will become known as the Reavis Building, after Mid-Valley’s pioneering founder.

Throughout the 1980s

Residential support services are expanding, with help available ranging from clients living on their own to additional group homes in McMinnville. The homes are tailored to the clients level of ability levels.


The Mid-Valley Charitable Fund, Inc., is created to administer the money from a donated estate. Its sole purpose is to financially support the activities of Mid-Valley Workshop and Rehabilitation. It has its own board of directors and manages a variety of donated funds.


Mid-Valley Workshop and Rehabilitation Center celebrates its 25th anniversary and faces the challenge of Measure 5, a property-tax law that severely affects state funding for Mid-Valley.


The agency’s corporate name changes to Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, Inc.


The Mid-Valley Training Center moves to McMinnville Industrial Park and is renamed Mid-Valley Industrial Services.


The Alternatives to Employment Program opens in the Reavis Building. Its focus is recreation and community involvement for the clients it serves.


Industrial Services purchases a lotion-soap business and began operations with the State of Oregon as its first customer. It still operates today in McMinnville.


The Friends and Recreation program begins for retired Mid-Valley clients. It eventually merges with the Alternatives to Employment Program, as the two groups’ services overlap.


Mid-Valley’s residential and employment program administrative offices open at the current location on Fifth Street in McMinnville.


The first celebrity golf tournament, now called the Mid-Valley Open, raises funds for the Ron Edwards Memorial Scholarship. Its recipients are developmentally disabled clients who are ineligible or waiting for state-funded services.


The Davis Street Apartments in McMinnville open to house clients in two-resident apartments. The facility would run for 14 years until its two-story layout became too much of a challenge and the building was sold.

Old-fashioned parlor Serendipity Ice Cream debuts on Third Street in downtown McMinnville. The goal is to create a business that can employ adults with disabilities and promote their integration into the community.

A new branch of Mid-Valley Rehabilitation opens in Dallas, its first facility in Polk County. The site provides employment services as well as a “home base” for staff members working in the area. Community-based jobs, packaging and assembly and Alternative to Employment services are available to clients.


Mid-Valley Rehabilitation wins the State of Oregon Rehabilitation Provider of the Year award, one of many honors the agency has earned throughout the decades for the employment opportunities, volunteer work and community involvement its clients enjoy.


A supported living residential program begins in Sherwood in a private home. It remains open until 2011.

Mid-Valley Industrial Services moves into a larger building at the industrial park in McMinnville, and, thanks to generous donations and grants, Mid-Valley Rehabilitation owns the building debt free.


The Alternatives to Employment Program, now known as Community Inclusion Services, adds a McMinnville branch in addition to the Amity site. A year later, another branch opens in Newberg.

The Baker Street Apartments are purchased, offering a much-needed one-story-residence layout.


A work enclave begins in Newberg at A-Dec, a dental equipment provider. The crew comprises five Mid-Valley Rehabilitation clients and one supervisor. It marks a continuation of the site-specific enclave business model that Mid-Valley had been using for decades.


Mid-Valley Rehabilitation board member Ann Scott initiates a reading program for clients. It is largely staffed by volunteers.


Medically fragile clients move into two Valley’s Edge group homes in McMinnville.

The Cherry Heights group home is established for three families in Dallas. It is Mid-Valley Rehabilitation’s first group home in that city.


Mid-Valley and the community mourn the loss of pioneer Margaret Reavis Larsen, who shaped not only the company but also the lives and conceptions of its clients and community partners.


Funding cuts force Mid-Valley to make significant cuts to services, including the consolidation of some programs and closure of others, mainly in Newberg and Dallas.


More group homes open at Johnstone Court in McMinnville thanks to a memorial donation by a longtime Mid-Valley Rehabilitation board member.


New activities and classes continue to be added in support of Mid-Valley clients such as the Mid-Valley Prom, a client-vs.-staff basketball tournament, the Healthy Lifestyles Program and fundraiser “The Biggest Turkey.”


Mid-Valley Rehabilitation is renamed as MV Advancements and appoints Kathy Schlotfeldt as executive director.

To assist persons experiencing disabilities to develop to their highest potential and achieve fulfilling lives.

Passion for all people
We put people first in everything we do!Trust and respect
We work together to create a culture of inclusion built on trust, respect and dignity for all!

Growth through teamwork
We collaborate because each person is key to our success! Collaboration achieves better outcomes for all!

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We are flexible and look for new and innovative ways to enhance our services!