About Us

Celebrating 35 years of service

We are more alike than we are different

"We are more alike than we are different,” is our way of thinking at Chinook. With our job placement programs, supported by skilled, compassionate Employment Specialists, communication becomes less of a barrier for our job-seeking customers and potential employer.

Our customers benefit from our continued efforts to utilize technology for personal communication devices as well as to create customized video resumes. These resumes demonstrate a prospective employee's capabilities in a way that a written resume or application simply can not.

We continue to expand and refine our use of technology which is far from being fully realized. However, we hope to be a resource for others wishing to create barrier-free communication programs in the workplace. We are excited about technology advances and what it will mean for future participants.

 
Cathy Johnson shares her personal experience using the services at Chinook Enterprises.

Social Enterprise & Community

We’ve helped place over 1,000 people in jobs since we opened our doors in 1980 —— helping them live more productive and fulfilling lives by striving to gain competitive employment as well as inclusion in the community. We now have over 25,000 square feet of offices and production facilities, with 70 staff members serving about 200 people with a wide range of disabilities annually.

Our Vision

Chinook Enterprises is a social enterprise – we are a non-profit designed to operate like a business with a social mission:

Our Mission

Supporting full participation in community life for people with disabilities or other barriers.

Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors

Marty Lehr
Board Chair

Dave Ryberg
Immediate Past Board Chair

Barb Leander
Vice Chair

Matt Ray
Treasurer

Colleen Fisher
Secretary

Denny Doneen
Director

Kurt Hefferline
Director

Peter Rasco
Director

Sunshine Vickie Allen
Director

Annual Report

Publishing our annual report provides us with an opportunity to share annual accomplishments and financial accounting with our supporters and the community at large. We invite you to download our 2012, 2013 and 2014 Annual reports to gain a better understanding of what we do and how we do it.

“It is said that a social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategy in order to maximize improvements for human and environmental well-being, rather than focusing on maximizing profits for their shareholders. Chinook’s vision is the very definition of such an enterprise, and we continually strive to maintain that balance. It requires solid thought and planning on our part ensuring our commitment to social justice is not compromised in our day-to-day operations, but a healthy blend of the two.” ~ Rob Martin, Founder and Executive Director

Community Partners

It takes cooperation from a caring community, businesses, and government to secure jobs that are needed for individuals living with significant disabilities. We thank our Community Partners for their role in helping to achieve this goal.