Our good friend Rojo the Llama of Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas visited Serendipity yesterday! Rojo and all of his buddies at Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas have been visiting Serendipity for many years. Since Rojo first started visiting Serendipity he has become the most famous Llama in the world!  He has been featured on national publications like Huffington Post. CBS News, and Today.

All of the students interested in meeting Rojo were able to give him hugs, “Llama kisses,” and lots of petting. Rojo’s friendly demeanor and soft fur make him perfectly suited to relax the students of Serendipity and give them a unique break during the day. Thank you so much Lori for bringing Rojo to Serendipity, we hope he can come back soon!

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Rojo giving a student a “Llama Kiss”

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On Tuesday, June 9th the students of Serendipity Center enjoyed the annual Field Day celebration. The year end school-wide PBIS party was a fun time for students of all ages and grade levels. Staff operated games including three-legged races, bean bag toss, and hula-hoop pass, to name a few. The morning of excitement and games was capped off with an afternoon treat of snow cones! Congratulations to the students for earning their final PBIS reward for the year. Thank you to all of the staff who volunteered to run games and our PBIS coordinator Gretchen for organizing Field Day and all of our past PBIS events.

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Here are a few simple ways to support Serendipity by doing your weekly shopping!

Amazon Smile:
Serendipity will receive .5% of your purchase.

1.) Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-0730861
2.) Sign in with your regular Amazon account
3.) Bookmark smile.amazon.com and use this site for all of your amazon purchasing needs.

Escrip.com:
Once you register, donations will come to Serendipity whenever you swipe your debit card at participating locations. Serendipity will receive 2.5% of your total bill and up to 5% if you complete an online survey.

1. Go to www.escrip.com
2. Click on “Members/Supporters” on the upper left side, then Sign up
3. Select Serendipity Center as your preferred non-profit
4. Register your debit or credit card

Fred Meyer:
You can now donate money to Serendipity simply by shopping at Fred Meyers! Every time you swipe your Rewards card, a donation will be made to Serendipity. If you already have a Rewards card, it is only 6 steps (seriously, I tried it and it was super easy). You will continue receive the Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates that they have in the past.
Fred Meyer donates back $65,000 per quarter. Non-profits receive a percentage of that total depending on how much our donors who have linked their Rewards Card to shop at Fred Meyer compared to other organizations’ donors.

  1.  Go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
  2. Select “Link Your Rewards Card Now”
  3. Sign in (or create a new login)
  4. Search for Organization (by name  or our ID number, 84042)
  5. Select “Serendipity Center”
  6. “Save”

Serendipity Center’s graduating class of 6 students joined together in the  dining room today, May 29, 2015, to celebrate their amazing achievement; graduating high school. Parents, families, and staff enjoyed bacon, eggs, and waffles prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff, Joey and Brian. The morning was a celebration of a life changing accomplishment for our students. Having a high school diploma increases earning potential and life opportunities for all of the students who will walk across the stage on June 17, 2015. Serendipity couldn’t be more proud of the graduating class of 2015 for all of the hard work and perseverance through out their academic careers.

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On Friday, April 24, 2015 Serendipity Center held it’s second annual PBIS carnival. Since the last PBIS reward day (pajama and movie day) Serendipity students earned over 4000 tickets. Tickets are awarded to students throughout the school day for demonstrating safe, responsible, and respectful behavior toward their staff and peers.

The carnival featured a number of different games and activities for students to win prizes, including a ring toss, bean bag toss, and even a nail salon. Games were designed and facilitated by high school and TTIP students. One of the most popular parts of the afternoon was the pie toss – students competed in games for the opportunity to earn a ticket to throw a pie at the principal!  Special thanks to PBIS coordinator Gretchen for organizing such a fun and memorable event for Serendipity students.

Spring is upon us and summer isn’t far behind. That means there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities at Serendipity Center for those of you with a green thumb who are interested in urban farming, horticultural education, or special education. Serendipity Center is currently taking applications for volunteers who would like to help in the therapeutic and production gardens on the first, second, or fourth Friday in the months of May and June. Volunteers are required to be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a background check.

If you would like an application for volunteering at Serendipity Center or require more information please email Jelena Doney at jelenad@serendipitycenter.org. Your investment of time, talents, and resources are truly appreciated, and will have more impact than you will likely ever know!

On Thursday, March 12 at Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, Serendipity Center held it’s annual benefit dinner Pearls of Hope.  Serendipity would like to thank all of our event sponsors, donors, volunteers and all those involved in making this year’s Pearls of Hope an awesome success!  Also, special thanks to our graduate speaker Mariah, our longtime MC Tony Martinez of “Good Day Oregon” and Kelly Russell of Kelly Russell Auctions, LLC​.

The generous support of our community members is the foundation of Serendipity’s success as a organization. This year Serendipity Center was able to raise over $130,000 to support our vision of educating students with unique challenges and needs. To get involved with Serendipity Center please check out our volunteer opportunities or make a donation.